ICELAND – Member of the Dadi Freyr band has been found positive for COVID-19. The band will skip press/dress rehearsal and live show.
THE BAND’S STATEMENT
“A member of Gagnamagnið got a positive test result this morning. Unfortunately, this probably means that we will not take part in the rehearsal today or live show tomorrow and a recording from our second rehearsal will be used instead. We have all been extremely careful the whole trip so this comes as a huge surprise. We are very happy with the performance and super excited for you all to see it! Thank you for all the love.”
THE EBU STATEMENT
“Following a positive test for COVID-19 amongst the Icelandic delegation on Sunday 16 May, the whole team has been in quarantine and undergone PCR testing (on 16 and 19 May). Today (Wednesday 19 May) a member of the Icelandic group Daði og Gagnamagnið also tested positive for COVID-19. The rest of the delegation has again tested negative for COVID-19.
In close collaboration with the EBU and the host broadcaster, Daði og Gagnamagnið have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from performing in this year’s live Eurovision Song Contest shows, as they only want to perform together as a group. Their song will remain in the competition and we will broadcast their rehearsal performance, recorded on the stage on 13 May.
The Icelandic delegation will remain in quarantine and be monitored by the Health Authorities.
We wish them all the best and will provide further updates in due course.”
Following the positive test for COVID-19, Jóhann had today, Dadi Freyr explained why he refused to perform without that member:
“The song is composed based on the fact that we are this group of six people performing on stage and the scene does not work without them, so it was never possible to go on stage in any other version, the amount of Gagnamagnið is six members. Yes, there was some thought that it might be possible to do some mixing if it was me and the singers, Sigrún and Hulda, that we were singing live and then something was cut into the other scene, but we have to compete tomorrow, it is so little we can be changing now. We are a team and if there is one member missing, we are not Gagnamagnið, I am not competing in Eurovision, Gagnamagnið is competing in Eurovision.”