Iceland will not appear live at Eurovision

19.05.2021 - 14:48
Seinni æfing Daða Freys og Gagnamagnsins í Ahoy höllinni í Rotterdam. Eurovision 2021
 Mynd: EBU
Daði og Gagnamagnið will definitely not appear live on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest, it has now been confirmed. Iceland is still in the competition, thanks to the back-up recording made last week, in case of COVID-19 infection.

When one infection was confirmed this morning among the performers, it was not immediately clear if Daði og Gagnamagnið might be able to perform live on Saturday, if they make it past tomorrow’s second semi-final. It has now been confirmed that they will not. 

“In close collaboration with the EBU and the host broadcaster [RÚV], 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,” a statement from the European Broadcasting Union says. 

The official statement explains that ‘10 Years’ will remain in the competition and that the recording of Daði og Gagnamagnið’s rehearsal from 13th May will be broadcast in place of a live performance. 

Jóhann Sigurður Jóhannsson posted an emotional video on social media in which he said he is the bandmember who tested positive. He is clearly devastated by the news, says he and his bandmates have been very careful, and that he is not feeling symptoms at this time.

The only positive, it seems, is that the bandmembers were all particularly satisfied with last Thursday’s recorded rehearsal. 

You can catch up with both semi-finals, with English commentary, here. 

You will be able to watch Saturday’s final, live, here. 

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