Bookies are claiming Daði & Gagnamagnið’s song Think About Things could win Iceland Eurovision 2020. It would mark the first time Iceland has won the competition since their first entry in 1986.
Before securing their win, the band released a humorous music video, one which has since been championed by such unlikely fans as the actor Russell Crowe and the comedian, Dara Ó Briain. The video shows Daði & Gagnamagnið performing their ironic (and soon to be iconic) dance routine as part of an amateur talent show for a disinterested family.
Daði & Gagnamagnið Win Söngvakeppnin
Daði & Gagnamagnið earned victory at Laugardalshöll Arena in Reykjavík last Saturday. They beat out hard rockers, DIMMA, in the competition’s final round. Söngvakeppnin is a national competition that takes place each year for Iceland to vote for their next Eurovision entry. This is Daði & Gagnamagnið’s second attempt to become Iceland’s representative at Söngvakeppnin. They came in second place in 2017 with their track Is This Love.
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Iceland made waves in Eurovision 2019 with the dystopian electro-rock outfit, Hatari. Given that last year’s competition was in Tel Aviv, Israel, you might remember that Hatari’s presence was unsettling for commentators. This came to a head upon their televised reveal of hidden Palestinian flags; a small, but symbolic gesture of the band’s solidarity.
Expect no such hijinks from Daði & Gagnamagnið, who very much cultivate a cute and family-friendly image. Albeit, one infused with a hip self-awareness that bleeds into the catchiness of their latest tune. As one Youtuber so notably observed in the video’s comment’s section; “Iceland last year: freaks. Iceland this year: geeks.”
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Think About Things was written and composed by Daði Freyr, the band’s boyish lead-singer. The lyrics revolve around the love and responsibilities of new fatherhood. The song rolls along on a thumping electronic dance beat, repeating a funky hook beneath the singer’s sultry tones.
Daði recently spoke about the song’s meaning to ESCBubble; “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. At the start, she doesn’t do so much, so I am very excited to know what she thinks about all kinds of things.”
Eurovision 2020 will begin on May 12th, concluding May 16th.