A member of Daði og Gagnamagnið has tested positive for COVID-19, RUV reports this morning.
The Icelandic broadcaster reports that a member of Daði og Gagnamagnið has tested positive for COVID-19. Iceland is now not able to perform in tonight’s jury show or tomorrow night’s Semi-Final. Jóhann Sigurður took to the groups Instagram to state that he was the member that tested positive, he posted an emotional video stating how shocked and sad that he is about the whole situation.
According to RUV:
It is certain that they will not perform live for judges at this evening’s dress rehearsal, and it is highly unlikely they will perform live at tomorrow’s second semi-final.
If the Icelandic act makes it through to the Grand Final on Saturday, it is currently also considered unlikely they will be allowed to perform live.
On Sunday it was announced that a member of the Icelandic delegation had tested positive for COVID-19, at that time no member of the Iceland performers was positive.
According to the Health and Safety rules for the contest, if you are potentially exposed to COVID-19 you go into quarantine. They must remain in quarantine for 5 days and after 5 days can have a PCR test, if this test is negative they will be allowed out of quarantine.
In the event that a country is unable to perform in a live show of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, the delegation is given a choice of which performance should be broadcast in their place. They can either use their live-on-tape performance which was recorded in March or the recording of their second rehearsal. Daði has stated that a recording of their second rehearsal will be used instead.
Update:Daði og Gagnamagnið have decided to withdraw from performing live at this year’s contest. The EBU have released a statement on this matter:
“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