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🇮🇸 “Play Jaja Ding Dong Guy” confirmed as Icelandic spokesperson for Eurovision 2021

“12 points to Jaja Ding Dong”

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga became an unexpected hit on Netflix last year, filling the void left by the contest’s cancellation. The breakaway star of the film was undoubtedly the “Play Jaja Ding Dong Guy”, A.K.A. Olaf Yohansson, who has now been confirmed as the Icelandic spokesperson for Eurovision 2021!

This week, the Icelandic broadcaster RUV has revealed that Olaf Yohansson, played by Hannes Óli Ágústsson, will reveal the country’s jury votes during the 2021 Grand Final. As Olaf, Hannes is best known for his scene-stealing role in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. He became a popular meme with his obsession of Fire Saga’s “Jaja Ding Dong”, heckling the band for it to be played whenever they played a gig in the film.

“This is really becoming thing”

In an interview via the NetflixFilm account on Twitter last year, he shared some opinions on this breakout performance and had the following to say on “Jaja Ding Dong” itself. 

I’ve actually gotten quite tired of the tune

He swiftly followed it up with this:

But that’s my life. Yes I am aware of [its popularity]. It has become a meme. The funny thing is when the movie was released, I was on holiday with my family on the outskirts of Iceland. And then I started getting messages from my friends… So yeah, after a few days I realised, ‘This is really becoming a thing. And then when I saw the movie, I said, ‘Oh, okay. I can see how this can become a thing’.

This line has had so much impact in Iceland that crowds have even heckled real life musicians to play Ja Ja Ding Dong at their gigs! This of course has been helped by the popularity of the film, and its award-nominated soundtrack. Last summer, a ‘Jaja Ding Dong’ bar opened alongside Húsavík Cape Hotel!

"Jaja Ding Dong" Song | Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga“Jaja Ding Dong” Song | Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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