Eurovision: Daði og Gagnamagnið perform '10 Years'
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The Eurovision Song Contest is already underway, with the first semi-final having kicked off this evening (May 18). Fans of the contest are particularly excited about the line-up this year after last year’s competition was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about who is representing Iceland.
Who is representing Iceland in Eurovision?
Representing Iceland this year is Daði og Gagnamagnið, a band helmed by frontman Daði Freyr.
The group was set to represent Iceland last year before the competition was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Although there was no competition in Rotterdam last year, Daði’s 2020 entry, Think About Things, was still released and became an instant hit.
Think About Things has been streamed over seventy million times on Spotify.
The track even reached the official Top 40 charts of the United Kingdom, Sweden and Ireland (where it placed in the Top 3, as it did in Daði’s native Iceland).
What will Daði og Gagnamagnið be singing this year?
This year’s entry song for the band is a track called 10 Years.
The song was inspired by Daði’s wife, Árný Fjóla, who is also a member of the band.
The group are very close as Daði’s sister, Sigrún Birna Pétursdóttir, is the backing singer and friends Hulda Kristín Kolbrúnardóttir, Stefán Hannesson and Jóhann Sigurður Jóhannsson complete the band in the rest of the line-up.
The unique choral sounds in their entry track 10 Years are samples of vocals from a thousand different people all over the world.
Daði even persuaded his own parents to join in and sing on the new track.
The song is all about love and romance, with lyrics such as: “I don’t wanna know what would have happened if I never had had your love.
“I didn’t become myself before I met you. I don’t wanna know what would have happened if I never had felt your love.”
The band are set to first perform in the competition in the second semi-final which will take place on May 19.
In a recent post on Instagram Daði opened up about his Eurovision preparations.
The singer revealed that he and the band were having to take numerous COVID-19 tests ahead of their performance in the contest.
He wrote: “Good news! Gagnamagnið all got negative results from the PCR tests. We are still quarantining at the hotel and will get another PCR test on Wednesday.
“If everybody is healthy we should make it to the dress rehearsal on Wednesday and semi finals on Thursday! Thank you for all the kind messages!”
The band has travelled to Dutch city Rotterdam, where the competition is being held this year.
Fans will have to tune in on Thursday to see how the group performs in their semi-final.
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