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Hello everyone, Richard calling for the very first time via a LIVE BLOG here on Eurovision Ireland. I am currently experiencing a frozen link with RUV at present, but have witnessed the Polla Ponk guys already. They must be there as part of the Icelandic 30th anniversary celebrations of their Eurovision Song Contest participation.
1) Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson “Spring yfir heiminn”
Due to WIFI issues, I missed out on most of this performance. From what I saw, the duet worked well and they gelled well together. This was quite contemporary and a fresh sound. Although a fresh sound, I felt like at times, the two of them were working against each other, rather than working together. As we’ve seen at Eurovision before, this isn’t a good thing.
2) Erna Mist & Magnús Thorlacius “Ótöluð orð”
Erna & Magnus have a performance element of Elina & Stig who represented Estonia in Vienna last year. It’s a very similar staging with the black and white colouring on screen – the only difference is Erna & Magnus both start and finish the song together on stage. There is something endearing about this entry and really works well on screen – my worry if it did go on to represent Iceland would be if people think it’s too similar to Estonia last year.
3) Helgi Valur Ásgeirsson “Óvær”
Helgi is well and doing it for Schlager tonight. A wind machine let’s his hair fly in the air. This is quite frankly a typical Scandinavian Eurovision entry that would gain a number of points from Melodifestivalen loving fans and would work well in Stockholm. Nice and simple, but it does have impact too. Impact is what Iceland needs for a potential victory.
4) Elísabet Ormslev “Á ný”
Elisabet is performing an emotive and inviting song that’ll draw you in. This is a power ballad full of attitude from someone who isn’t afraid of holding back. This is yet another song with impact and is the third on the trot tonight that could potentially go on to fight for that Eurovision crown.
5) Palmi Gunnarsson “Ég leiði þig heim”
Palmi reminds me a bit of Hasse Andersson from the final of Melodifestivalen 2015 – a more mature singer who knows how to put on a stage show without a load of gimmicks. With a guitarist, pianist and saxophonist, this is quite a classic performance. I would place this in a Eurovision from the nineties. I can’t see this working in the modern contest without the orchestra. An orchestra would do the song justice.
6) Alda Dís Arnardóttir “Augnablik”
Now I have been a fan of Alda for a number of months now after hearing her on “Meanwhile In Europe” on wusb.fm every other Saturday night at midnight GMT. For me though, Alda has delivered one of those typically fresh, solo performances that tend to be safe at Eurovision. However much I want to see Alda in Stockholm, the second, third and fourth performed entries would do Iceland more justice over this safer entry.
So the thirtieth celebrations continue with some singers, whose names I missed (oops, sorry guys and Garrett!) They are performing a very slow downed version of Selma’s “All Out Of Luck” from Jerusalem 1999. Polla Ponk have also taken to the stage after a short video montage with a classic Icelandic entry I’m not familiar with. RUV aren’t putting this info up on screen 😦
While we wait for the results, I think it’s time to decide tonight’s #MagicMic award. At this point, I should stress this is the first time I’ve awarded one of these and if you agree or disagree, please feel free to leave a comment below!
For me, the award this week deserves to go to either entry 2, 3 or 4. Entry 2 was Erna & Magnus. I am not awarding them the #MagicMic purely because it was basically a rip off of Estonian’s stage performance in Vienna. Entry 3 was Helgi. Now, if you’re a big schlager fan or a Swede, you’ll appreciate the wind machine, but again, it’s a Melodifestivalen and Carola copy really.
This week’s Icelandic #MagicMic award goes to Elisabet. Elisabet is a big girl with a big attitude that gives the song the impact it needs for a great delivery. Well done Elisabet!
And the three finalists tonight are:
#1 6) Alda Dís Arnardóttir “Augnablik”
#2 4) Elísabet Ormslev “Á ný”
#3 1) Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson “Spring yfir heiminn”
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland