Next Saturday 6th February, Iceland will begin to search for its Eurovision contender for Stockholm 2016. Who will it be? We took a look at the contestants and listened to their songs:
Alna Dis Arnardottir – Instant
I took an ‘Instant’ liking to this song. It’s beautifully paced, almost gospel-like in places and Alna’s voice has a touch of the ethereal about it. Definitely bound to be a strong contender on the night.
Elizabeth Ormslev – The New
A haunting song with a compelling beat. Beautifully crafted with a yearning quality. Elizabeth’s voice carries the melody with ease and lifts the song to soaring heights. Will it soar high enough to win? Let’s wait and see.
Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir & Hjörtur Traustason – I Promised You Then
This duo perform a heartfelt love song with an anthemic chorus. A winning Eurovision formula. Saturday night will tell if the judges agree.
Erna Mist & Magnús Thorlacius – Words
Erna’s ethereal vocals are earthed by Magnus’s deeper tones while the folky guitar lines make this song a very Icelandic entry. They may have a way with Words.
Greta Salome Stefánsdóttir – Voices
Like all the other entries, Greta sings in Icelandic. However, there is a powerful beat carrying this song that lifts it from traditional folk to a likely Eurovision contender. This could be the one to watch next Saturday night.
Helgi Valur Ásgeirsson – Infestation
This sounds like an odd song title but on studying the lyrics, it becomes clear that it’s about being infested by love. Can Helgi’s soft rock ballad cause a Eurovision pandemic? All will be revealed very soon.
Ingólfur Þórarinsson – Poor Student
I can relate to this one, being a ‘poor student’ myself. In fact, I suspect many others of college-going age will enjoy this song. It has a sound reminiscent of bands such as The Foo Fighters, Weezer and others of this genre. This is one I’d personally like to see heading for Stockholm.
Karlotta Sigurðardóttir – Unstoppable
Oh wow, what a voice! Speaking of voices, Karlotta was a contestant on Iceland’s The Voice 2015. With those pipes and this song, she may just prove Unstoppable in her bid for Stockholm. You go girl!
Pálmi Gunnarsson – I Will Bring You Home
The fact that Palmi Gunnarsson is a little older than the other contestants becomes immaterial the moment he starts to sing. With buckets of experience and a voice that could melt ice (Handy if you come from Iceland!), it’s quite likely that this song could bring home a Eurovision win.
Sigga Eyrún – Crazy
The song starts off with bleeps and beeps that sound like it was composed on a nineties games console. But then some seriously heavy bass beats kick in and you suddenly realize this is a different game altogether. Sigga’s voice calls to mind former Eurovision winners Abba as well as UK electro-band Erasure. We’re sure people are going to go Crazy for this entry.
Sigríður Eir Zophoniasardóttir & Jóhanna Vala Höskuldsdóttir – I See You
A beautifully crafted offering from these two ladies with an almost whimsical quality. It’s an enchanting ballad but will it make the cut for Stockholm? That remains to be seen.
Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson – Spring Over The World
I thought I was in for another ballad when the song began. But then the bass beats and rap kicked in and I literally sat up. The two styles may sound like chalk and cheese but the rap makes a great rhythmic counterpoint to the female vocals. I like this and I think you may too!
How do we rank the songs?
So who is going to all the way to Stockholm? My money is on Karlotta Sigurðardóttir with Unstoppable. But maybe you think otherwise? Let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, here are my rankings from 1 to 12:
- Karlotta Sigurðardóttir – Unstoppable
- Sigga Eyrún – Crazy
- Ingólfur Þórarinsson – Poor Student
- Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson – Spring Over The World
- Pálmi Gunnarsson – I Will Bring You Home
- Greta Salome Stefánsdóttir – Voices
- Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir & Hjörtur Traustason – My Mind Is
- Elizabeth Ormslev – The New
- Alna Dis Arnardottir – Instant
- Erna Mist & Magnús Thorlacius – Words
- Helgi Valur Ásgeirsson – Infestation
- Sigríður Eir Zophoniasardóttir & Jóhanna Vala Höskuldsdóttir – I See You
Who do YOU think will represent Iceland? Let us know in the comments.
Author : Jennifer Roche
Source : Eurovision Ireland