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Netflix “Responds” to Daði Freyr Conspiracy Theories

By Ragnar Tómas

Eurovision
Photo: Golli.

“We will not comment on rumour or speculation,” Netflix UK & Ireland tweeted yesterday, in response to a conspiracy theory claiming that Netflix is secretly championing Iceland’s Eurovision 2020 entry to promote the streaming service’s upcoming Eurovision film.

Eurovision the movie

As reported last summer, Iceland will play a leading role in Netflix’s upcoming Eurovision film, starring American comedian Will Ferrell and Canadian actress Rachel McAdams, both of whom will portray Icelanders in the movie (i.e. Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir). Filming commenced last year in the UK and in Húsavík in North Iceland. The film is slated to be released in 2020.

Suspiciously popular?

In the lead up to Iceland’s national selection contest Söngvakeppnin, Daði Freyr and Gagnamagnið’s song Think About Things went viral following retweets from UK Eurovision team member Rylan Clark-Neal, royal wedding-dress designer David Emanuel, and Gladiator star Russell Crowe. Last Saturday, Daði Freyr and Gagnamagnið were officially selected as Iceland’s 2020 Eurovision entry.

In light of the attention the song has received, in addition to the fact that Netflix signed a deal with Icelandic broadcaster RÚV to strengthen their position in the Icelandic market, some have begun speculating whether Netflix is behind Daði’s popularity (in an effort to drum up attention for the movie).

A spoof promotional schedule

This Monday, Twitter-user @jrawson posted a spoof promotional schedule for the film from Netflix, stating that the leak was “absolutely huge” and that it “explained everything.” The faux schedule includes having celebrities like Russell Crowe tweet about the song, as well as having Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announce that they are pregnant with a boy who will be called “Daði.”

Netflix UK & Ireland responded to the tweet yesterday, saying that it would not “comment on rumour or speculation.”

Predicted to win

As reported yesterday, Eurovision bookies are predicting success for Daði Freyr at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest; Think About Things currently tops the winner prediction charts.

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