Daði Freyr Releases New Quarantine Jam

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Knitwear trendsetter and fan favourite of this year’s Eurovision-That-Wasn’t Daði Freyr has released “Where We Wanna Be,” a new song that finds the fun in our current quarantine moment.

“Stuck at home right now,” sings Daði Freyr, dancing in what does appear to be a playroom in his house. “But let’s enjoy ourselves somehow. That’s all I want!”

Though the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled this year, many countries held special televised programs where they voted on a winning song, and fans in Norway and Sweden voted Iceland’s 2020 contest submission as their favourite of all 41 songs that were submitted this year.

Daði Freyr has said that he would consider representing Iceland at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, but in the meantime, fans can take some joy from his muppety dance moves and look forward to his European tour this fall, many dates of which have already sold out.

 

 

Will Ferrell Presents Iceland’s ‘Douze Points’ in At-Home Eurovision Broadcast

Had COVID-19 not intervened, Eurovision would have been held in Rotterdam this week, an event made all the more exciting because Iceland’s Daði Freyr and Gagnamagnið were strongly favoured to win. Iceland still found a way to celebrate the occasion, however, with a live Eurovision party on Thursday night featuring none other than Will Ferrell, RÚV reports.

Called ‘Okkar 12 stig’ (‘Our 12 Points’), the event gave Icelanders the opportunity to celebrate their favourite 15 songs from this year’s competition and then call in to determine which song would have gotten Iceland’s full twelve points (or, ‘douze points,’ in French, as those familiar with the song competition’s multilingual points announcement system would have it). Ferrell, who is playing an Icelandic Eurovision contestant alongside Rachel McAdams in a forthcoming Netflix movie, was given the honour of announcing Iceland’s top song for 2020: “Fai Rumore,” by Italy’s Diodato.

The event also featured a montage of all the times Iceland has been awarded 12 points by another country in Eurovision and Hatari’s Klemens Hannigan performing a subdued and distinctly un-Hatari rendition of the winning song from last year’s Eurovision: “Arcade,” by Duncan Laurence of The Netherlands

 

 

The evening closed with a rousing performance of Daði Freyr and Gagnamagnið’s “Think About Things,” which included cameo appearances by actor Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson (Game of Thrones, The Innocents), members of parliament, and none other than President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and First Lady Eliza Reid.

Diodato sent his thanks to Iceland via video, saying, “Hello, Iceland, thank you so much for your support. I hope to see you soon. We’ll have to stand naked under a waterfall and spread the love. Ciao.”

You can watch the full broadcast on RÚV here.

 

Daði Freyr Would Think About Eurovision 2021

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A faint ray of hopeful news coming from Iceland in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis: Daði Freyr, Iceland’s Eurovision 2020 entrant and widely considered one of the frontrunners in this year’s now-cancelled song contest, has confirmed that he would be happy to represent Iceland in 2021, Vísir reports. He does, however, have one proviso – he doesn’t want to go through Iceland’s Söngvakeppnin selection process again.

Daði Freyr set off a flurry of chatter in the Eurovision-sphere yesterday when he told Vísir that he was sad “to have missed the opportunity to…take part in the madness that is Eurovision,” but would nevertheless opt out of the Icelandic song competition next year. “We won the competition once and if I entered it again, I’d feel like people were just voting for me because we’d won once and didn’t go to [Eurovision],” he explained. Likewise, re-entering Söngvakeppnin and not winning didn’t seem like any better an outcome, Daði concluded, although he said that he might be willing to compose a song for another competitor to perform.

 

Dadi Freyr and Gagnamagnið’s Eurovision entry, “Think About Things,” was already a viral sensation, so popular that it inspired conspiracy theories that Netflix was secretly championing the song to win in order to boost the popularity of its forthcoming Eurovision movie, starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as Icelandic singers. When organisers decided to cancel the song competition this year, petitions went around the internet to “Give the Eurovision 2020 Title to Iceland by Default.”

As such, Eurovision fans were understandably heartened by Daði’s tweet on Thursday, which clarified: “I would be honoured and proud to represent Iceland with a new Gagnamagnið song in Eurovision if @RUVohf wants to invite us. It would just feel weird to me to compete in #Söngvakeppnin again. Either way I will keep making more music, that’s not going to change. <3.” The tweet had over 2,100 likes at the time of writing.

No word yet if RÚV will decide to skip next year’s song contest and elect Daði Freyr and Gagnamagnið as Iceland’s de facto representatives. In the meantime, however, Daði Freyr is thinking positively. “This has been a great springboard for my career, so I can’t complain much.”

Iceland Is the Favourite to Win Eurovision 2020

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Eurovision bookies are predicting success for Iceland’s entry to the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Daði & Gagnamagnið’s song Think About Things is currently topping winner prediction charts. The song has received endorsement from unlikely sources, including Russel Crowe, who shared the music video for the song last month.

Daði & Gagnamagnið won Iceland’s national Söngvakeppnin competition last Saturday, confirming that Think About Things would be the country’s official entry to the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. The catchy dance tune was written by frontman Daði Freyr Pétursson, and features lyrics about his new-born baby.

“The song is about my little girl who was born in April of last year,” Daði told ESCBubble. “I am talking about the feeling you get in the first few days and weeks where you know that you love this person with all your heart even though you don’t really get that much interaction. In the start, she doesn’t do so much, so I am very excited to know what she thinks about all kinds of things.”

The music video for the song is approaching one million views on YouTube.

Iceland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 32 times since 1986, but has yet to score a victory.

Iceland’s Second Eurovision Semifinal Tonight

Iceland’s second Eurovision semifinal will be held on Saturday night at Háskólabío, starting at 7:30pm local time, RÚV reports. Five Eurovision hopefuls will perform, with two advancing to compete in the final on February 29.

Tonight’s semifinal will be kicked off by Daði Freyr, whose song “Is This Love?” was a finalist in Iceland’s Eurovision competition in 2017. This year, Daði is performing the song “Gagnamagnið” (English title: “Think About Things”), which he also wrote the music and lyrics for. Hildur Vala, the 2005 winner of Stjörnuleit 2, Iceland’s version of Pop Idol, will then perform the song “Fellibylur” (“Hurricane”). Next, Iva will perform “Oculis Videre,” Nína will perform “Ekkó,” (“Echo”), and Matti Matt will close out the evening with “Dreyma” (“Dream”).

Two performers will then go up against the winners of the first semifinal: Ísold & Helga, with their ballad “Klukkan tifar” (English title: “Meet Me Halfway”), and metal band DIMMA, with their song “Almyrkvi” (“Total Elipse”).

You can listen to all of tonight’s competitor’s songs (in Icelandic and English, when available) on the RÚV website. The second semifinal will be broadcast live on RÚV and will also be available streaming on their website.