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Daði Freyr on Eurovision 2021: “I’m trying to win”

07.01.2021 - 09:52
Mynd: Eggert Þór Jónsson / RÚV
Daði Freyr Pétursson aims to win the Eurovision Song Contest this May. He has already received some 250 recordings from the public that he plans to use in the song. He is currently in the Icelandic countryside, putting the finishing touches to the composition.

Daði og Gagnamagnið secured a convincing victory in the national Söngvakeppni competition last February with the song Think About Things. They should have gone on to represent Iceland at Eurovision, but the competition was famously cancelled for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic. Then, in October, the decision was made to send Daði Freyr to Rotterdam on Iceland’s behalf this May instead—but he would need a new song. 

A logical next step 

Skeiða- og Gnúpverjahreppur seems a very long way from Eurovision, but it is here that Daði Freyr has settled in to work on the new song. 

"It’s very cosy. It’s nice to have this window right in front of me, and when I’m tired of looking at the screen, I just need to look up and I have a pretty nice view,” Daði Freyr explains. 

Daði has written the song, but has yet to fully finish and record it. The plan is to première it in March. 

"I would say it is a logical next step from Think About Things. It’s upbeat and there will be a bit of dance to it, and suchlike. It’s an upbeat pop song.” 

No promises 

Daði Freyr put out a public appeal on Monday for people to send in recordings of themselves singing specific parts of the song. He is going to put all the recordings together to make one gigantic choir that will feature in the new song. 

"Not even two days have passed and I have received 250 emails from probably 170 people,” he beams. 

The song will be in English, but Daði so far declines to say what it will be called. 

But are you going to win Eurovision? 

“I’m going to try and win. I don’t want to promise anything, but we are going into this like it’s a competition,” Daði Freyr confirms. 

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