Iceland’s representatives at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, Daði og gagnamagnið, rose two spots in bookies’ charts after their first rehearsal in the Netherlands, RÚV reports. Daði and gagnamagnið’s song 10 Years was in sixth place before the group took the stage at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Convention Centre but had risen to fourth only a few hours later. Daði Freyr and his band won fans across the world in 2020 with their song Think About Things, Iceland’s submission to the 2020 Eurovision contest, which was eventually cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the rehearsal, the band premiered new costumes, graphics, and instruments – the latter designed by band member Árný Fjóla (also Daði’s wife and the subject of the song), and constructed by Árný, Daði, and Daði’s father. The band’s graphics reference previous Eurovision performances, including that of Icelander Jóhanna Guðrún, who represented the country at the 2009 contest, and Ukrainian artist Ruslana’s 2004 contest-winning song Wild Dances.
The group’s next rehearsal takes place this Thursday and their official performance will be next Thursday, May 20 in the Eurovision semi-finals in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.