Eurovision's Iceland Contestant Covers 'Jaja Ding Dong'

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Iceland’s Daði Freyr just did something that fans of the Netflix film, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, are about to go wild over: He covered the song “Jaja Ding Dong.”

In June, the streaming service dropped the quirky Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams-led hit and, since then, some of the music in the film has taken on a life of its own. If you haven’t seen it, the movie is about Ferrell and McAdams who are in an Icelandic band named Fire Saga. They dream of participating in the international Eurovision Song Contest.

One of the recurring jokes in the film involves a song called “Jaja Ding Dong,” which is supposed to be an Icelandic folk song in the film, but in real life is actually just a catchy, silly song made just for the movie. Every time Fire Saga performs, listeners demand they play the folk song instead of their own songs, and hilarity ultimately ensues.

Naturally, after viewers saw the film they began demanding that Daði Freyr — who was slated to represent Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 before it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic — do a cover of the faux folk song.

In a video he shared earlier this month, Freyr stressed just how many times he’d been bombarded with comments on his YouTube channel with people asking him to "Play 'Jaja Ding Dong'!" Acquiescing to his fans’ demands, Freyr says, "This is the first and last time that I play this song," before delivering an incredible iteration of the ditty. You can watch the entire thing above.

Earlier this year, Freyr became a viral sensation with the song he had been planning to perform at Eurovision. Arguably more catchy than “Jaja Ding Dong,” Freyr’s song and video “Think About Things” exploded because of how much an earworm it is and the “bounce dance” trend it inspired on TikTok. With more than 85,000 recreations and counting, turns out Freyr didn’t even need Eurovision to become a global sensation. 

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