Iceland entry unable to perform live at Eurovision after positive COVID test

Eurovision song contest first semi-final in Rotterdam
Presenters Dutch singers Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen, Jan Smit and Dutch influential YouTuber Nikkie de Jager are seen on stage during first semi-final of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, Netherlands May 18, 2021. REUTERS/Piroschka Van de Wouw

May 20, 2021

ROTTERDAM (Reuters) – Iceland’s Eurovision entry, band Dadi og Gagnamagnid, has pulled out of the live event this weekend after a member of the group tested positive for COVID-19, although their song remains in the competition.

The band was one of the top five favourites to win this year’s contest held in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam according to bookmakers

“A member of Gagnamagnid got a positive test result this morning,” lead singer Dadi Freyr tweeted on Wednesday.

The song contest’s organiser, the European Broadcasting Union, said they would broadcast a rehearsal performance of the song.

Under Eurovision’s stringent COVID-19 protocol, no one can enter the Eurovision venue without a negative COVID-19 test.

(Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)