After two semi-final rounds and two rounds of voting in the final of Iceland’s national selection show Söngvakeppnin 2020, Daði & Gagnamagnið was chosen to represent the country in Rotterdam at Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Gagnamagnið (Think About Things)”.
Daði & Gagnamagnið and DIMMA won the first round of the show, advancing to the superfinal, where they had to perform their entries again. In the superfinal, the decision was completely in the hands of the Icelandic public voters, who have crowned Daði & Gagnamagnið as the winner.
Daði & Gagnamagnið is an Icelandic synth-pop band, which consists of the siblings Daði Freyr Pétursson and Sigrún Birna Pétursdóttir, Daði’s wife Árny Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir and their friends Hulda Kristín Kolbrúnardóttir, Stefán Hannesson and Jóhann Sigurdur Jóhannson. For Daði, this was the second time he has participated in the Icelandic show, as he came second with “Is This Love” in 2017.
The leader of the band was born in Reykjavik, grew up in Denmark, and after nine years, he returned to his home country. Yet, he lives in Berlin now. In 2012, he formed the indie-electro band RetRoBot before forming Gagnamagnið in 2017.
Check out the music video for Daði & Gagnamagnið’s song “Gagnamagnið (Think About Things)” below:
“Gagnamagnið (Think About Things)” was written in both Icelandic and English and composed by Daði Freyr, who explained what the song is about in an interview earlier.
The song is about my little girl who was born in April of last year. I am talking about the feeling you get in the first few days and weeks where you know that you love this person with all your heart even though you don’t really get that much interaction. In the start, she doesn’t do so much, so I am very excited to know what she thinks about all kinds of things. Now, she is almost 10 months old and has become such a character so the lyrics don’t really apply as much anymore. She is starting to let us know what she is thinking.
The music video for “Gagnamagnið (Think About Things)” was directed by Guðny Rós Þórhallsdóttir, and it quickly went viral due to the simplistic dance moves and the touching lyrics. It has now over a million views on YouTube.
Iceland’s entry last year was “Hatrið mun sigra” by Hatari, and finished tenth in the Grand Final. The interesting fact is that as of 2019, Iceland is the only Nordic country that is yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest. To do this, they will have to gain more points than the other 41 countries that are competing.
The Eurovision 2020 acts that have been announced so far are Blas Cantó for Spain, Hooverphonic for Belgium, VICTORIA for Bulgaria, Sandro for Cyprus, Vincent Bueno for Austria, Arilena Ara for Albania, Tornike Kipiani for Georgia, Jeangu Macrooy for the Netherlands, Vasil for North Macedonia, Tom Leeb for France, Benny Cristo for the Czech Republic, Eden Alene for Israel, Stefania for Greece, Montaigne for Australia, Samanta Tina for Latvia, Diodato for Italy, Destiny Chukunyere for Malta, Roxen for Romania, THE ROOP for Lithuania, Ulrikke Brandstorp for Norway, Athena Manoukian for Armenia, Alicja Szemplinska for Poland, James Newman for the UK, Samira Efendi for Azerbaijan, Ana Soklic for Slovenia, Ben Dolic for Germany and Uku Suviste for Estonia. The remaining countries are expected to reveal their acts until the next week.
The 65th edition of Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted at the Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands after Duncan Laurence won the 2019 contest with the song “Arcade”. The two Semi-Finals will take place on 12 May 2020 and 14 May 2020, with the Grand Final taking place on 16 May 2020. A total of 41 countries will compete in the contest.
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