ICELAND – Daði and Gagnamagnið’s recorded performance won fourth place Saturday night for the Eurovision Song Contest, earning them the third-best result since the beginning of Iceland’s participation in the competition.
A fleeting moment
There was one moment during the announcement of the votes where Iceland was in first place at Eurovision for their song “10 Years”; it was only to be overtaken by Switzerland, France, and Italy taking the crown, but for this brief moment, everyone in Iceland rose from their couches to cheer on the quarantined Daði and Gagnamagnið.
The group that can’t catch a break
On Monday, Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir, a member of the group and the wife of Daði, was diagnosed with COVID-19. This is the third infection within Daði and Gagnamagnið. While there is always the possibility that the group could have placed higher if they were able to perform live, Daði admits to RÚV that they “would have totally won this if they had gone on stage.” Additionally, Árný is pregnant with her and Daði’s second child, and interestingly, the song “10 Years” was inspired by their relationship.
International event to isolation
Upon returning from Eurovision and receiving a positive test result at the airport, Árný and the rest of Daði and Gagnamagnið had to go into quarantine, reports RÚV. Despite the group receiving the Janssen vaccine before heading to Rotterdam, it can take two to four weeks for this specific vaccine to form a solid defence against serious illness.