Iceland’s representatives in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, Daði og gagnamagnið, landed in fourth place at the competition despite a COVID-19 infection in the band that prevented its members from performing live. A second member of the band tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving home in Iceland: Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir.
Iceland has only twice done better in the Eurovision Song Contest: the country won second place in 1999 with the song All Out of Luck performed by Selma Björns, and also in 2009 with the song Is It True, performed by Jóhanna Guðrún. Iceland also reached fourth place on one previous occasion: in 1990 with the song Eitt lag enn, performed by Stjórnin.
After a COVID-19 infection came up in the Icelandic delegation early last week, the entire group was put into quarantine. The first infection was diagnosed in a crew member, but a band member later tested positive that week. Daði og gagnamagnið decided to use the recording from their dress rehearsal as their submission in the semi-finals of the competition last Thursday, and qualified for the finals, held on Saturday night. Iceland landed in fourth place, with 378 points: 198 from the jury and 180 from the public.
Most of the Icelandic delegation arrived home in Iceland on Sunday, when a second member of the band tested positive for COVID-19: Árný Fjóla, frontman Daði Freyr’s wife. Daði and Árný are now in isolation together and have announced they plan to use the time to make a music video. Fans can vote on which song they’d like to see realised on Daði’s Twitter page.