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🇮🇸 LIVE DAY 6 REVIEW: Iceland’s Daði og Gagnamagnið just keep getting better

Iceland's Daði og Gagnamagnið take to the Ahoy stage for their second rehearsal! are live for day 6 of rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 taking place at the Rotterdam Ahoy in The Netherlands!

It’s Super Thursday, with a double billing of second rehearsals plus the first rehearsals of the automatic qualifiers. The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Malta, San Marino, Estonia, Czech Republic, Greece, Austria, Poland, Moldova, Iceland and Serbia. Then, after a break, we will be treated to the first rehearsals of Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, France, United Kingdom and Spain.

Follow every rehearsal live

Below, you’ll see our written review of each rehearsal. If you want more, you can follow our live stream where our team will be reacting live to every single rehearsal as it happens! Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule.

Rehearsal review

Firstly, remind yourselves what happened in the first rehearsal:

And now here is what we’ve noticed in today’s second rehearsal:

As Wiv pointed out on our stream, there is something about this performance that feels quintessentially ‘Daði’. Having not been the biggest fan of the song on its own, the performance brings it to life and succeeds the legacy of “Think About Things” brilliantly.

Of course, there are some elements that casual fans of “Think About Things” will recognise. Most noticeably, the final pre-chorus where the choir comes in, we get the classic wind machine moment in a close up of Daði. However, the pixelated avatars in the LEDs and the genius circular keyboard moment feel fresh and dynamic additions to the canon.

The staging is bright, captivating, engaging and, most importantly, memorable. It’s an absolutely feast for the eyes. It is for all these reasons that this will be a televote magnet. The ‘firework fake out’ is an incredibly smart idea and acts as a cherry on top of the cake. Although the fight for the win is still a multi-horse race, I cannot see this not hoovering televotes on the night of the final.

Qualifier or not?

We will embed our team’s conversation once it is uploaded, watch this space!

Rehearsal video clip

As soon as the official Eurovision YouTube channel upload the clip of this second rehearsal, we’ll embed it right here for you to watch! In the meantime, remind yourself of the first rehearsal below:

Stay tuned for our reviews for the rest of today’s rehearsals at the Rotterdam Ahoy. If you want to know what to expect from the rest of the day, check out our rehearsal schedule. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream for instant reactions to every rehearsal!

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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