Update May 19, 12:54: The EBU has released a statement confirming that Daði og gagnamagnið will neither perform at the Thursday semi-finals nor the Saturday finals of the 2021 Eurovision Songcontest. A recording of their second rehearsal in Rotterdam will be used as their entry.
One of the members of Daði og gagnamagnið, Iceland’s representatives in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, has tested positive for COVID-19. Daði himself announced the development this morning on Twitter. The band will consequently not perform in the Eurovision semi-finals tomorrow night and a recording from their second rehearsal will instead be used as their entry.
In a tearful video posted in Gagnamagnið’s Instagram stories, band member Jóhann Sigurður Jóhannsson came forward to tell fans he is the member who tested positive. “I’m really shocked and disappointed and generally just really sad about the whole situation,” Jóhann stated, adding that he did everything he could to stay safe. The Icelandic delegation entered quarantine and underwent testing earlier this week after an infection arose in the Polish Eurovision team. Jóhann is the second member of the Icelandic group to test positive – the first is a crew member and not a performer. Jóhann assured supporters that he was healthy but disappointed as the group had worked so hard and the performance had been “so long in the making.”
In a Twitter thread from this morning announcing the development, Daði Freyr stated that the band was “very happy” with the taped performance that will be used on Thursday night and “super excited” for supporters to watch it.
The Eurovision finals take place on Saturday. It is unclear whether Iceland will be able to perform live at the event.