‘Baby It’s Cold in Here – But not for much longer’
So after two exciting Semi Finals of their Eurovision 2016 selection Söngvakeppni, Iceland are now ready to give us their Final and boy are we excited like an Icelander at McDonald’s ordering a MacReindeer Meal!!
Our Girl Jennifer gave her thoughts on all of the Icelandic songs and ranked them in the competition – SEE HERE
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Iceland is celebrating 30 years since they joined Eurovision. Six acts will be taking to the stage tonight having qualified for the Final.
There had been plans to add an extra wildcard to the final from the losers in both semi finals but that plan has been ditched by RUV.
All songs had to be performed in Icelandic in the Semi Final. But in the Final they have to be performed in the language they would sing at Eurovision. Hence 5 out of the 6 finalists have switched to English leaving one in Icelandic.
1. Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir – ‘ Hear Them Calling’
2. Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir & Hjörtur Traustason – ‘I Promised You Then’
3. Karlotta Sigurðardóttir – ‘Eye Of The Storm’
4. Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson – ‘Ready To Break Free’
5. Elísabet Ormslev – ‘Á ný’
6. Alda Dís Arnardóttir – ‘Now’
You can listen to the six songs at the RUV website HERE
In the first round of voting, votes from a jury panel (50%) and public televoting (50%) will determine the top two entries. The top two entries will advance to a second round of voting, the Superfinal, where the winner will be determined solely by tele voting.
In addition to the performances of the competing artists, the show will also feature guest performances by 1986 Eurovision Song Contest winner Sandra Kim, who won for Belgium with the song ‘J’aime la vie’, and 2012 Eurovision Song Contest winner Loreen, who won for Sweden with the song ‘Euphoria’.
Hello there guys and girls and welcome to my second live blog from Iceland having done the first semi final. It is Andrew here and I have landed on my feet in one of my favourite non winning countries which is Iceland. I hope to keep things short and snappy and try to inject a bit of sarcastic Scottish humour which I am known for.
So the show begins. We start with the winner from last years show then we have a reprise of all the previous winners over the previous years. Selma, Sigga, Pollaplonk, Paul Oscar and many more.
We then ended up with all of them doing a medley together.
The hosts are now introducing the show.
Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir – ‘Hear Them Calling’
A great song to start off and considered one of the favourites. Greta has been to Eurovision before in Baku and the experience shows with a confident vocal performance. The song works in English and the staging with the hints of Loreen and Mans using the backdrop to interact also works. A good start.
Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir & Hjörtur Traustason – ‘I Promised You Then’
A nice strong mid paced ballad up next. Erna has also been to Eurovision but only as a backing singer. Is this her turn to shine? It is a strong entry for its genre but will Iceland want to go with it? We shall see.
Karlotta Sigurðardóttir – ‘Eye Of The Storm’
I decent pop song crafted from the Swedish Persson twins, not overly dramatic but decent enough for Eurovision.
A few dodgy notes near the end of the song but who know it good a good response in the hall.
Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson – ‘Ready To Break Free’
The second duet of the evening but will they outshine Erna and Hjortur? Well it starts off as a piano accompanied song then it hits us like a ton of bricks , Rap!! I hate rap but this doesn’t sound too bad with the combination of a good female vocal. The rap part gets a bit carried away and strained toward the finish but it certainly is different.
Elísabet Ormslev – ‘Á ný’
The only song still being sung in Icelandic now. Elisabet is a very accomplished and confident singer. The song is very nice indeed and drifts along at nice pace with good back beat. Another dark horse in a strong field.
Alda Dís Arnardóttir – ‘Now’
My goodness we are on the last song already. Another song that has changed to English and works well. It reminds me of previous entries a little but is a good song. There is paper snow and the vocal gets a tad screechy towards the end but another good reaction from the crowd.
We are now in the green room chatting to some of the competitors.
We now are having a recap of the songs while the voting takes place.
While the votes come in we now have Sandra Kim from Belgium with her winner from 1986, the year Iceland first took part in Eurovision.
Tonight’s #MagicMic Award goes to……. Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir for the presentation of her song using a combination of backdrop interaction(Mans style) and dance(Loreen style). A sure fire winner surely.
So they will narrow this down to 2 for the Super Final on the first vote. I think Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir will definitely be there and should be accompanied by either Elísabet Ormslev or Alda Dís Arnardóttir.
If I have to choose between them I will go for Alda Dís Arnardóttir.
RESULTS – QUALIFIERS
Well after a nail biting round of televotes from the regions of Iceland we have 2 Superfinalists. Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir and Alda Dís Arnardóttir as I predicted above. But Greta came from 5th to 2nd in the Final vote and Elísabet Ormslev fell from the top 2 into last place.
WE are now getting a brief look at some of the entries already chosen for Stockholm.
The 2 superfinalists perform their songs again now. Greta is up first and another great performance.
Then is is Alda’s turn to sing again. Another great performance. This is going to a close run thing to get the golden ticket to Stockholm.
While we await the final result Loreen comes on to sing Euphoria. She is on stage herself with lots of sweeping spotlights.
The winner is Greta Salome with the song Hear Them Calling. Will Iceland go on to do well at Eurovision or even win with this selection? What do you think? Comments below!
Goodnight and God bless.
Author : Andrew Main
Source : Eurovision Ireland