Five acts competed for a spot at this year’s Eurovision – which will be held in Rotterdam in May – but only two progressed to the final round (the so-called “duel round”): Daði and Gagnamagnið and Dimma with the song Almyrkvi. Also competing were Helga and Ísold with the song Meet Me Halfway, Iva with Oculis Videre, and Nína with Echo.
A telephone vote and an international panel of ten judges determined that Daði Freyr and Dimma would progress to the duel round. Having performed their songs again, Daði and Gagnamagnið were ultimately crowned the winners following a telephone vote (just like last year, the two songs kept the votes they received during the first televoting round).
This is the second time that Daði and Gagnamagnið compete at the Television Song Contest; having made it to the duel round in 2017, Daði and his band ultimately lost to Svala (who performed the song Paper).
Iceland Review spoke to Daði Freyr shortly before tonight’s competition. Daði stated that he felt more comfortable on stage this year as compared to in 2017: “I’m just excited. Not too worried about winning or losing. Whatever happens: it’s been a great experience.”