On a Facebook post, the singer- songwriter Daði Freyr confirmed that he will represent Iceland at Eurovision 2021, together with his band Gagnamagnið
Daði Freyr and Gagnamagnið should have represented the country after they had won the national final for Eurovision 2020: “Söngvakeppnin 2020 ” with the song “Think About Things”:
Earlier, the singer admitted he would be happy to represent his home country at Eurovision 2021, but only if he will be internally selected by the Icelandic broadcaster RUV.
And that’s exactly what happened: It’s the first time that Iceland decided to cancel the traditional national selection “Söngvakeppnin” since the year 2005, when Selma internally selected to represented the country.
Skarphéðin Guðmundsson , the director of national selection “Söngvakeppnin” said:
“Daði won the Singing Competition 2020 with distinction and the reception of the Icelandic contribution has never been so good. We are therefore very happy and proud to be able to send this great musician and his people out as was intended last time”.
There are 2 main reasons for the internal selection in 2021
1. RUV had a reduced budget for the year 2021, following Covid 19 pandemic. Therefore, cancelling the national final will help to reduce the costs of the broadcaster in the Eurovision issues.
2. Daði Freyr and Gagnamagnið were among the favorites in Eurovision 2020 betting odds tables, which hints about their chances for Eurovision 2021.
The Icelandic song for Eurovision 2021 hasn’t been written yet.
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