Countdown to Eurovision ’21: #01 – ICELAND! AGAIN!

#1 – Iceland
10 Years
Dadi Og Gagnamagnid
Songwriters: Dadi Freyr Petursson

The Kirkham Report welcomes you to my coverage of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest!  From April 3 to the end of May, I’ll be here with all the latest ESC news and info, and of course, through May 11, that means I’m also bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such.  Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary. It was announced March 2 that ESC will take place under Scenario B of the four possible scenarios announced several months ago, with an eye on the recent uptick in Coronavirus cases in the EU, and could be switched to Scenarios C or D if needed.

There are 39 countries participating this year, down from 41 in 2019 – Bulgaria and Ukraine will return to the contest after taking 2019 off, while Armenia, Montenegro, and Hungary have elected to sit out this time around, and Belarus was disqualified from this year’s contest because of rules violations on their song entry.

IT’S TIME FOR NUMBER ONNNNNNEEE1 THIS IS IT, HERE COMES, NUMBER ONE! (apologies to Dr Demento, heh heh)

Taking the top of the countdown at #1 this year- the SECOND YEAR IN A ROW – is the official entry from Iceland, “10 Years” by Dadi Og Gagnamagnid. It is performed in English, and will be performed 8th at the second semifinal on May 20. The song was selected internally after Dadi Freyr made it clear that he was still interested in representing his home nation, but was NOT interested in competing for it again, so Iceland jumped on board, and wisely so…

Although a native of Iceland, Dadi Freyr currently lives in Berlin, Germany. His band Gagnamagnid is a band in name only – that is, they are more performance art than anything else – front man and musician Freyr plays all the instruments in his productions as well as doing lead vocals, his sister Sigrun Birna Pétursdóttir (long blond hair, glasses) and close family friend Hulda Kristín Kolbrúnardóttir (blue hair) are his backup singers, while Dadi’s wife Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir (curly hair and glasses), and friends Stefán Hannesson (dark hair, glasses, and confetti popper) and Jóhann Sigurður Jóhannsson (red hair and glasses) do the dancing and “playing” sci fi instruments on stage. Like I said, performance art. And what FUN performance art it is! And fans have fallen hard in the last year for their multiple fan-poll winning 2020 entry “Think About Things“, the fun time they have on stage, and their always 8-bit video game sensibility.

What I’m thinking about this song…If I’m being totally honest here…my heart belongs to Dadi…  OWWWW!  I know that’s a horrible song title pun, but it’s true. Dadi Freyr is one of the most creative musicians I have EVER seen. I would actually go as far as to call him “genius” when it comes to his music. And while “10 Years” doesn’t have QUITE the level of fan support that 2020 entry “Think About Things” had, it’s MORE than enough. Dadi has completed a perfect trifecta of songs about his relationship with his wife Arny and their daughter. Their 2017 Iceland National Finals entry “Is This Love?“, which came thisclose to making it to ESC – it was Iceland’s runner up that year –  was about their courtship and early years; “Think About Things” was a message from Dadi to his newborn daughter; and “10 Years” is a sweet and beautiful love letter to Arny, about his never ending devotion to his lovely young wife, and their time together. It’s all so cute, I would probably puke…if it didn’t work SO DAMN WELL! And they all came with what has become known to the quickly growing legion of Dadi fans out there as “sweet sweet DANCE MOVES!” Freyr has made me a fan FOR LIFE over the past year, and his fame is growing – he’s already got a virtual tour going on, he’s done several concerts on YouTube that have numbered in the MILLIONS of views, and he has plans to come to the U.S. to check us out as well…and I for one think once America gets a look at Dadi, they will realize what the rest of ESC, and all of Europe, have already discovered – that they have a true creative MONSTER in their midst!

Iceland debuted in Eurovision in 1986, so they are in their 37th year of participation, and so far had never managed a Grand Final championship, but they’ve come close twice, earning runner-up status with “All Out Of Luck” by Selma in 1999 and “Is It True?” by Yohanna in 2009. Since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, the country has not qualified for the final seven times. Everyone believes…ok KNOWS…that had the pandemic not caused the cancellation of the 2020 contest, they would have taken home their first Grand Championship (and if you deny this, you’re delusional…heh heh)…nearly every fan poll online pointed to them winning, the song got “meme” coverage from a number of Internet celebrities including the awesome Hank Green, and the number of dance videos inspired by the song is GINORMOUS…and they could yet pull it off this year too…

Here’s the official music video for “10 Years”  – check it out…

And here’s the video that swept the world a year ago, their 2020 (likely winning) entry, “Think About Things”…

AAANNNNNDDDD…That’s a WRAP! You now know my thoughts about each of the 39 entries this year! Over the next week and a half, as we count down to Eurovision Week next week – Semi 1 Tuesday May 18, Semi 2 Thursday May 20, and Grand Finals Saturday May 22 – I will have a few more thoughts and observations about the contest, its long running history, and more – I hope you’ll continue joining me through the end of May, when the Eurovision Song Celebration concludes the month!

Join The Kirkham Report throughout the next few weeks as I bring you the 2021 entries, a look at the 2020 cancelled contest, and more, plus after and during the countdown, the latest updates on this year’s ESC and all the craziness that surrounds this contest every year!

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