The thirty-fifth act in our Who Is series for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest is Daði & Gagnamagnið from Iceland.
Gagnamagnið (The Data) is an Icelandic band who 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?”.
They then returned to Söngvakeppnin last 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 young daughter.
Following the cancellation of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, Icelandic broadcaster RÚV revealed that the band would go on to represent the country at the 2021 contest. They will sing “10 Years”, a song written and produced by Daði Freyr about Árny Fjóla, his partner of 10 years.
“The song is about the fact that Árný and I have been together for ten years. How our love has strengthened with time. The ‘record cover’ is a picture of the face on Árný’s jumper, just as Think About Things was with my face. This is something of a direct follow-on from Think About Things, this song.”
Daði & Gagnamagnið will perform in the first half of the second semi-final on May 20th.
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 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.