Greta Salóme has released the final version of her Eurovision entry “Hear Them Calling”. And while the song hasn’t undergone a major revamp, the tension and drama has increased, and more orchestral sounds have been added.
The mix of the song that Greta performed at Söngvakeppnin 2016 had plenty of drama, but the Eurovision version seriously ramps it up. While the original vocal track and instrumentation remain the same, the production of the song ensures it feels louder, fuller and so much more dramatic.
The one big addition is some violins, adding a strong orchestral feeling to the original folky instruments. The false ending has been kept in the song – the pause that prompted the Söngvakeppnin to start cheering like the song was over. But any problems from that could be sorted out with the staging.
Since 2008, Iceland has regularly qualified for the grand final, with their run only broken last year when Maria Olaf failed to make it to the final in Vienna. Greta Salóme placed 20th in 2012 when she performed “Never Forget” with Jónsi. Iceland has come tantalisingly close to winning Eurovision twice, with second placings in 1999 and 2009. The volcanic island nation will not doubt be looking to Greta Salóme’s song of Nordic intrigue to achieve that elusive win.
Greta Salóme – “Hear them Calling”
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