Review: Iceland- Maria Olafs ‘Unbroken’

María-ÓlafsdóttirIceland’s Maria Olafs’ song was one of my favourites ever since I heard it on the national selection show. Originally sang in Icelandic under the name ‘Litil Skref’ the song had a certain power to it. Since then it has been translated into English and renamed ‘Unbroken’. Read on for our full review of the song.

Maria Olafs is a 22 year old young woman Blönduós, Iceland who has been selected to represent Iceland at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, having won Songvakeppin 2015.

The song has a soft, understated opening which sets an almost sullen tone. It sounds like the singer has been defeated by something. As the song continues though, it’s like the singer gets stronger and by the time we get to the chorus the voice is empowered and sounds like it can take on anything. She has stepped out of the darkness and into the light forever!

The staging of the song is almost a carbon copy of 2013 winner Emmelie de Forest’s ‘Only Teardrops’ with Maria performing barefooted and two ballet dancers coming out of nowhere dancing alongside the singer. Maria even bares a striking resemblance to the Danish singer in how she looks.

I would love to see this song do extremely well, even win, but I don’t know if that is a possibility. It should finish top 15 though. Do you agree with our summation of the Icelandic entry? If not, let us know your views in the comments below. Also don’t forget to vote in our poll.

 

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