It was announced by broadcaster RUV and representative of Icelandic delegation Rúnar Freyr Gíslason that the case of among Icelandic band Daði og Gagnamagnið who is representing Iceland in Eurovision Song Contest 2021 one of band members is positive of Covid-19.
This morning has been confirmed that one of Iceland’s on stage performers has tested positive of Covid-19. The news follows an announcement at the weekend that a member of the country’s backstage team had tested positive. Two among the Icelandic delegation are therefore now in isolation with active infection.
This weekend when the opening ceremony was happening we meant to see Malta, Iceland, Romania and Poland in the Turquoise Carpet but on Sunday 16 May, following two previously reported positive COVID-19 tests within other delegations staying at the same hotel. Later on they did repeated tests and they all tested negative.
It is certain that they will not perform live for judges at this evening’s dress rehearsal, and it is highly unlikely they will perform live at tomorrow’s second semi-final. If the Icelandic act makes it through to the Grand Final on Saturday, it is currently also considered unlikely they will be allowed to perform live.
Every country has pre-recorded performances of their song to play out in the event of COVID-19 infection, but it is not clear how this will affect Daði og Gagnamagnið’s chances in the competition. They also allowed to use the 2nd rehearsal footage as their performance in Semi Final 2 and if they make it to Grand Final.
Before this news, Iceland was the bookmakers’ fourth-favourite to win the competition and currently they are 5th favourite to win.
The entire Icelandic delegation was immunised with the single-dose Janssen vaccine before heading out to the Netherlands. While vaccines do not provide total protection from infection, they do reduce the likeliness of severe coronavirus illness.
In close collaboration with the EBU and the host broadcaster, Daði og Gagnamagnið have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from performing in this year’s live Eurovision Song Contest shows, as they only want to perform together as a group. Their song will remain in the competition and they will broadcast their rehearsal performance, recorded on the stage on 13 May.
Iceland is set to participate in 2nd Semi Final in Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
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