'Eurovision' on Netflix: Why Rachel McAdams' Singing Voice Was Changed

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga includes some very impressive howling and vocal hopping from Sigrit Ericksdottir (played by Rachel McAdams), leaving many viewers of the Netflix movie wondering whether it was really her singing.

The answer to that question is yes and no: McAdams recorded vocals, which were then mixed in with those of one-time Junior Eurovision contestant Molly Sandén. This is in contrast to co-star Will Ferrell, who did his own singing.

In an interview with Screen Rant, McAdams detailed exactly why the movie's makers mixed in another voice with hers, revealing it was partly because of the very high notes Sigrit hits.

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Sigrit Ericksdottir singing voice in 'Eurovision' is a combination of actor Rachel McAdams (left) Molly Sandén Netflix

She said: "It was kind of a collaborative effort. David [Dobkin, Eurovision director] wanted me to take singing lessons and sing all the songs and perform them all. You know, really sing them, so it would definitely look like I was singing.

"And then he kind of blended my voice with Molly Sandén's voice, a Swedish singer who's incredible and can actually hit those fjords notes that are so elusive, which I cannot hit. So, it was kind of a joint effort."

In an AV Club video interview, she went into more detail about exactly how much of Eurovision features her actual singing voice. The Wedding Crashers actor said: "So I was singing all the songs and then David would kind of lift bits of my performance. The bulk of the music was done by a Swedish singer Molly Sandén, our voices were quite similar."

She added: "They did some fancy stuff in the studio and pulled it together that way."

However, though they did not use all of McAdam's vocals, she and Ferrell did sing live for the finale number and then Sandén's voice was added in post-production.

The Mean Girls star said of doing this number. She said: "I was very hoarse, you know, I'm like 'I'm not even really gonna be like singing on this' and I was losing my voice by the end of the big finale song."

McAdams also revealed exactly who she took inspiration from when perfecting Sigrit's accent and singing voice, telling AV Club: "I just watched everything I possibly could of Björk...she has such a delicious, cute voice and she's just got such a spirit about her that I thought was similar to Sigrit's, and to get that Icelandic quality, in general, the essence of it, not just the sounds."

There is, however, one song McAdams sings solo in the movie—the scene where she is composing in her hotel room is all her voice.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is streaming now on Netflix.