Daði og Gagnamagnið will be filming their live on tape performance for Eurovision 2021 tomorrow in Iceland.
The Icelandic live on tape performance for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is set to be filmed tomorrow. Daði Freyr revealed on Instagram that the filming will take place in a day’s time and will be joined by Gagnamagnið for their performance of “10 Years”.
To date the following countries have publicly confirmed that their backup performance has been filmed:
- Austria – Vienna, Austria
- Belgium – Brussels, Belgium
- Czech Republic – Czech Republic, Brno
- Denmark – Copenhagen, Denmark
- Estonia – Tallinn, Estonia
- France – Paris, France
- Germany – Vilnius, Lithuania
- Lithuania – Vilnius, Lithuania
- North Macedonia – Belgrade, Serbia
- Norway – Oslo, Norway
- Portugal – Lisbon, Portugal
- San Marino – Rome, Italy
- Serbia – Belgrade, Serbia
- Spain – Madrid, Spain
- Sweden – Stockholm, Sweden
- Switzerland – Zurich, Switzerland
This year all 40 acts will need to film a backup performance as part of the many contingency measures the EBU has put in place to ensure the song contest can happen in May no matter what.
Each act can rehearse for as long as they wish for their backup tape performance. However, only three attempts over the course of one hour are given for the filming of the performance which is monitored by the EBU. The participating country can choose which is the three performances is to be used.
Video recordings from all cameras, as well as all audio recordings from mics, are sent immediately to the EBU so that they cannot be tampered with. Each act is filmed as if this was a live show, meaning the performance is one continuous take. The EBU has explained that the backup performance does not need to resemble the live performance in May. All backup performances must be filmed by the 25th of March.
Daði Freyr and his band Gagnamagnið were due to represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with their song “Think About Things.” Iceland will perform in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest on the 20th of May 2021.
Image Source: Eurovision.tv / Birta Ran
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 programs 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.