The seventeenth artist in our Who Is series for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is Daði & Gagnamagnið from Iceland.
Gagnamagnið (The Data) is an Icelandic band that began their career in 2017. Fronted by Daði Freyr Pétursson, the group consists of six members, including Daði’s sister Sigrún Birna Pétursdóttir (backing vocalist), his wife Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir (dancer), and their friends Hulda Kristín Kolbrúnardóttir (backing vocalist), Stefán Hannesson (dancer) and Jóhann Sigurður Jóhannsson (dancer). The group supported the then-soloist Daði on stage at Söngvakeppnin 2017, where he finished as a runner up with his song “Is This Love?”.
The group returned to Söngvakeppnin this year as Daði & Gagnamagnið with their song “Think About Things”, penned by Daði himself. The song, a big fan favourite that reached the top of the betting odds, is about his ten-month-old daughter.
Iceland will perform in the first half of the second semi-final on 14th May.
Iceland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986 and, aside from 2 years of relegation in 1998 and 2002, has participated every year since. The contest is incredibly popular in Iceland, regularly being one of the most watched programmes of the year. Iceland has yet to win the contest but has finished in 2nd on two occasions. In 1999, Selma missed out on victory in Jerusalem by 17 points, and in 2009 Yohanna became the most successful Icelandic entrant ever finishing 2nd in the final with the song “Is it True?”. She scored 218 points, yet still finished 169 points behind the runaway winner Norway.