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Eurovision: Iceland Out Of Live Shows Due To Covid

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Eurovision: Iceland Out Of Live Shows Due To Covid

Daði og Gagnamagnið, Iceland's entry for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, have been forced to pull out of the live shows after a band member tested positive for coronavirus.

Following a positive test for COVID-19 amongst the Icelandic delegation, the whole team went into quarantine and underwent PCR testing (on 16 and 19 May).

"On Wednesday, a member of the Icelandic group Daði og Gagnamagnið also tested positive for COVID-19," a statement from Eurovision said.

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Daði og Gagnamagnið were widely viewed as the favourites to win Eurovision in 2020
Daði og Gagnamagnið were widely viewed as the favourites to win Eurovision in 2020

"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."

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Daði og Gagnamagnið were due to perform their song '10 Years' in Thursday's live semi-final show.

Instead, a recording from their second rehearsal will be broadcast.

Sharing the news on Twitter, the group wrote: "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."

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Daði og Gagnamagnið were widely viewed as the favourites to win Eurovision in 2020 after their song and dance routine for 'Think About Things' was widely shared on social media.

This year, they remain among the favourites to win alongside Italy, France, Malta and Switzerland.

Eurovision is being held this year in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, after the contest was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.

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Contestants and live audience members are required to undergo strict testing measures to ensure the safety of those involved in the event.

Topics: Coronavirus, Eurovision

Robert Mann
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