Iceland: Greta Salóme returns to Eurovision!
Greta Salóme won the Icelandic national selection and will represent the island in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Six acts were fighting to represent Iceland in Stockholm, but it was Salóme who won the public vote. This will be the second time that Greta Salóme represents Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest.
In 2012, she represented Iceland in Baku together with singer Jónsi with the song “Never Forget.”
Six acts performed in the Söngvakeppnin final, the national selection for Iceland. This was the running order of the contestants with their final result in brackets:
- Greta Salóme – Hear Them Calling (Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir) (winner)
- Hjörtur Traustason & Erna Hrönn Ólafsdóttir – I Promised You Then (Þórunn Erna Clausen) (4th)
- Karlotta Sigurðardóttir – The Eye Of The Storm (Kristinn Sigurpáll Sturluson, Ylva Persson, Linda Persson, Karlotta Sigurðardóttir) (3rd)
- Þórdís Birna Borgarsdóttir & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson – Ready To Break Free (Júlí Heiðar Halldórsson & Guðmundur Snorri Sigurðarson) (5th)
- Elísabet Ormslev – Á ný (Gréta Salóme Stefánsdóttir) (6th)
- Alda Dís Arnardóttir – Now (Alma Guðmundsdóttir, James Wong, Alda Dís Arnardóttir) (2nd)
Hear Them Calling
Greta Salóme will represent Iceland with “Hear Them Calling.” Although there is a version in Icelandic, Salóme explained her fans who were expecting that she would sing the Icelandic version of the song that the English version is the original one and that the translated version was used only for the first semi-final.
In addition to this controversy, some of the viewers have compared Salóme’s performance with Loreen and her backdrop with last year’s Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw and his LED screens. However, Greta Salóme denied that these similarities were intentional.
Greta Salóme/ pressphotos.biz (RUV)