Daði Freyr has confirmed in an interview with Visir that he won’t return to Söngvakeppnin as a singer.
Daði Freyr who had been one of the favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, has stated that he has no intention of returning to Söngvakeppnin as a singer. Speaking to Visir the singer explained that:
No, I will not take part in Söngvakeppnin. We have won this competition once and if I went back then you would feel like people would just pick a person out because we had won once and did not go to the competition. It would then not come out well for me to re-enter and not win the race.
I might be ready to compose a song, but I’m not going back to Söngvakeppnin.
The singer who has created the viral hit “Think About Things” said that winning Söngvakeppnin and being chosen to represent Iceland at Eurovision has given his career a huge boost:
For my career, this has been a really big springboard, so I can’t complain much. Now I have a bookkeeper and am talking to a publishing company and all the record companies are trying to catch up to me.
As a result of Daði Freyr’s comments it appears unlikely that the singer will go on to represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Icelandic broadcaster RUV has not made any comments so far regarding the 2021 contest.
Update (26 March): Daði Freyr has clarified via Twitter that he would accept RÚV’s offer should he be internally selected to compete in Eurovision 2021 with a new song for Gagnamagnið.
I would be honoured and proud to represent Iceland with a new Gagnamagnið song in Eurovision if @RUVohf wants to invite us.
It would just feel weird to me to compete in #Söngvakeppnin again.
Either way I will keep making more music, that's not going to change. <3
— Daði Freyr 🥑 (@dadimakesmusic) March 26, 2020
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.