Daði and Árný have spoken to RUV about why they took the decision not to perform at Eurovision 2021 without Jóhann following his positive COVID-19 test.
Daði and Árný have both spoken to the Icelandic broadcaster about why they have decided as a group not to perform at Eurovision without Jóhann, who tested positive for COVID-19 this morning. Daði explained to the broadcaster that:
The song is composed based on the fact that we are this group of six people performing on stage and the scene does not work without them, so it was never possible to go on stage in any other version, the amount of Gagnamagnið is six members.
When asked whether it would have been possible to perform despite Jóhann’s positive test he added:
Yes, there was some thought that it might be possible to do some mixing, if it was me and the singers, Sigrún and Hulda, that we were singing live and then something was cut into the other scene, but we have to compete tomorrow, there is so little we can be changing now.
Arny went on to say:
We are a team and if there is one member missing, we are not Gagnamagnið, I am not competing in Eurovision, Gagnamagnið is competing in Eurovision.
A recording of the second rehearsal of Daði og Gagnamagnið performance of “Ten Years” will be broadcast in the place of the group in tonight’s jury final and the Semi-Final tomorrow evening.
The EBU released a statement this afternoon confirming the above:
“In close collaboration with the EBU and the host broadcaster, 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.
Their song will remain in the competition and we will broadcast their rehearsal performance, recorded on the stage on 13 May.
The Icelandic delegation will remain in quarantine and be monitored by the Health Authorities.
We wish them all the best and will provide further updates in due course.”
Image Source: Andres Putting | Source: RUV