Alright, it’s two whole months before the Eurovision Song Contest and I think we’ve found a winner already. Iceland’s entry “Think About Things” by Daði Freyr and his band Gagnamagnið (roughly meaning “The Data”) is so counter-intuitive to everything typical of Eurovision which is why it’s so refreshing. There have been attempts at humor with past Eurovision entries, although most are unintentional. There was one year where Greece offered kilted, mohawked guys singing guterally about “Money for Beer” and another from Sweden I think featuring a colorful lesbian wedding. Neither were well-received.
However, I think this Icelandic entry gets it just right. It’s fun, ironic, catchy and very very simple. Instead of the typical men running in giant steel hamster wheels, swaying women on sticks, flames that singe the fringe of any audience members too close to the stage, or hard rock power ballads sung in folk costumes, this band uses colorful sweaters, dorky choreography, and fun to entertain us.
It’s possible there’ll be another good entry this year, we can hope. But usually, there’s not even one, so we’re way ahead already. Check it out here: