ICELAND – Corona cancelled Eurovision 2020 – but Icelandic musician Daði Freyr took over the internet with his song ‘Think About Things’ anyway. Speaking to berliner-zeitung.de he talked about his life in Berlin, Will Ferrell’s Eurovision movie and next year’s competition.
FROM CANCELLED EUROVISION TO BERLIN
“This time we wanted to see how far we could go in the actual competition,” he explains. “The biggest part of the plan was to get another song played on the radio in Iceland so I could play more gigs there and keep working as a musician.” He never predicted the song’s wild popularity, even if it had won Eurovision – but it was nonetheless welcome. “If ‘Think About Things‘ hadn’t panned out the way it did, I probably would have moved back to Iceland and done sound engineering. I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t live in Berlin now.”
EUROVISION 2020 ENTRY SUCCESS
Eurovision isn’t the only thing corona cancelled for Daði – in the days before the interview, he announced his November and December European tour dates were getting rescheduled to next year. “I can’t wait for things to be back,” he says. “It’s super weird to sell out shows for the first time when I’m planning a tour and people are actually buying tickets, and then I just can’t go to the gigs.”
YES TO EUROVISION 2021 BUT ONLY INTERNALLY SELECTED
And what about Eurovision 2021? While several other countries have automatically confirmed their 2020 representative for next year, Daði still isn’t sure what’s in store for him. He says he’s “willing” to take part – but it depends on whether Icelandic broadcaster RÚV selects him internally as the act for 2021, rather than holding Söngvakeppnin as usual. On the day of our interview, he says he’s expecting the decision “in the next few days”.
“The only way we’ll be going is if they send us straight to Eurovision,” he says. “I want to compete, but it’s just so much work to do the Icelandic competition, and at this point, it doesn’t really make sense for me to do that whole thing again. If we can go straight to Eurovision, we can focus on that the whole time instead of having to split the focus.”
EUROVISION MOVIE: THE “JA JA DING DONG” SONG
He also found time to (begrudgingly) cover Ja Ja Ding Dong, one of the songs performed by Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams’ Icelandic alter egos in the recently released Netflix comedy Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga. “When I watched the movie, I knew people were going to ask for it and I decided I wasn’t going do it,” he said. “But then as time went by, people were asking more and more, so I did it just once. But it’s never going to happen again,” he concludes emphatically. When he played in the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg two weeks ago, he asked security to remove an audience member who shouted at him to play the song, quoting the film.