Daði og Gagnamagnið will be back in 2021
Daði Freyr is returning to represent Iceland next year at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The star was the hot favourite to win at Eurovision 2020, after his song Think About Things went viral before it had even been officially selected as Iceland’s entry.
Unfortunately, despite becoming one of the biggest Eurovision crossover hits in years, Daði and his band Gagnamagnið never got to storm to victory, after the contest was cancelled for the first time ever due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, he’s getting another chance at a win, as Daði has now confirmed he will be representing Iceland in 2021.
He tweeted: ‘Eurovision 2021! I’m coming back next year and Gagnamagnið is joining me! So I guess I’m writing another Eurovision song.’
The 28-year-old added that he is ‘closing the Think About Things chapter of my life with some remixes released today’, before thanking fans for their support.
Eurovision rules state that the axed 2020 song entries cannot be re-entered next year, so Daði will have to come up with even more magic – and a more infectious dance routine, if that’s possible.
After the contest’s cancellation, Think About Things became a hit on TikTok, with even stars including Jennifer Garner dancing to the song on social media.
The song reached number three in the Irish singles charts and broke the top 40 in the UK, becoming the first Eurovision track to do so since the 2015 winner, Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw.
And while the song’s era is ending, according to its writer, we’ll all be dancing to it this weekend when Jamie Laing performs to the track on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday.
This will be Daði’s third shot at Eurovision glory; he also attempted to represent Iceland in 2017 with Is This Love, but lost out to Svala Björgvinsdóttir.
The dad-of-one will be accompanied by his fictional Eurovision band Gagnamagnið, which is made up of his sister, friends and his wife Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir.
So far, 19 artists, including Daði, have confirmed that they are returning to compete in Rotterdam next year.
Montaigne (Australia), Vincent Bueno (Austria), Efendi (Azerbaijan), Hooverphonic (Belgium), Victoria (Belgium), Benny Cristo (Czech Republic), Tornike Kipiani (Georgia), Stefania (Greece), Eden Alene (Israel), Samanta Tina (Latvia), Destiny (Malta), Roxen (Romania), Senhit (San Marino), Ana Soklic (Slovenia), Blas Canto (Spain), Gjon’s Tears (Switzerland), Jeangu Macrooy (The Netherlands) and Go_A (Ukraine) will all be back for more, although no songs have been revealed just yet.
Eurovision will go ahead next May in some shape or form, with officials yet to decide whether coronavirus restrictions will be enforced.
The Eurovision Song Contest final is scheduled for May 22, 2021.
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