Greta Salome returns to Eurovision in 2016 for Iceland having competed in 2012 alongside Jonsi. Their song ‘Never Forget’ made it to the final and finished in 20th place with 46 points. Can Greta improve on this in 2016 with her new song ‘Hear Them Calling’? We assess Iceland’s chances in our review.
During Iceland’s national selection show (Songvakeppnin) I immediately fell in love with a song called ‘Kreisi’, performed by Sigga Eyrun. This song however didn’t make it through, and instead Greta Salome was chosen to represent Iceland. As a result, it took me a little bit of time to warm to ‘Hear Them Calling’ as it was responsible for eliminating one of my favourite Eurovision songs this year.
Greta Salome is a seasoned performer with a strong voice. The song has elements of Loreen, Mumford and Sons (the opening is very similar to ‘Little Lion Man’) and it is undeniable that the staging is heavily influenced by last year’s winner Mans Zelmerlow. The visuals here are haunting with smoky shadows, hands grabbing for the singer, and an explosion of crows emerging from her stomach all of which help to dramatise the lyrics in the song.
Greta has run into some issues with the staging during rehearsals this week. Performing on a larger stage has meant that she has missed her cues and as a result the performance comes across as not being as polished as it should be. I think however, if she is able to sort these issues in advance of competing in Semi Final One, she should make it through to the final and may be in with a shout of beating her previous placing in 2012.
‘Hear Them Calling’ is easily one of my top ten contenders this year, have a look at Greta’s performance below and let us know if you agree.