During the semi finals of Söngvakeppni 2016 — Iceland’s national selection for Eurovision 2016 — wiwibloggs managed to work our way into the contestants’ green room. And by golly: we just couldn’t leave before speaking with the gorgeous favourite in Iceland, Miss Greta Salóme! She had only come off stage a few moments earlier, but was kind enough to talk to us about “Raddirnar”. When this interview took place, no one knew if Greta would advance to the final or if she would share an English-language version of the song. She did not give anything away, but we now know that she does, in fact, have an English version prepared for the final. It’s called “Hear them calling”.
Greta as always, is fabulous. She admits that if she wins Söngvakeppni, she will seriously have to clear her schedule for May, which is kind of hectic, and said that entering the contest seemed like a good idea in October. But here she is, in the finals and with a pretty good chance of going all the way to Stockholm.
Greta Salóme — “Raddirnar” (Hear Them Calling) Interview
Following her semi-final show, a lot of fans commented on Twitter and Facebook that she had “copied” Måns Zelmerlöw by using a fancy backdrop. This is, of course, ridiculous. Måns does not have a copyright on elaborate stage effects. And, in any event, she isn’t even using LED — she’s using shadows, which pre-date Måns’ performance by several million years. (Fans of Britain’s Got Talent will remember Attraction, the Hungarian shadow troupe that won the show back in 2013). “They’re completely different,” she says. “I didn’t want to use the LED-screen or anything. I wanted to do something different.”