Greta Salome has been near perfect in every live performance we’ve seen since the Icelandic national final. But today during her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2016 the cracks started to show. During her first run-throughs her vocals were off and she struggled to line up visually with her LED screen. At one point — when the shadow of a woman runs through Greta and turns into smoke — she was so far off that the smoke burst from about half a foot in front of her. At other points she was so off centre that it killed the visuals behind her.
These are teething problems that will fade with repetition. A bigger concern may be the way SVT has decided to stage this. Like Sergey Lazarev, she performs much of her act in front of small LED wall that is wheeled onto stage. At times the cameras pull back and you can see the stage’s much higher LED wall behind her, which takes away the illusion. It kills the dreamy, fantasy world that Greta has created, particularly at the very end of the song where the colour contrast with the larger walls is greatest.
The actual small screen she sings in front of seems somewhat aquatic and Greta takes up a larger portion of it than she did in Iceland. Because she is so large and prominent on the screen it makes the effects behind her less interesting.
Greta’s costume was much sexier here in Stockholm than it was in Reykjavik. The black leather number featured a plunging neckline with a flesh-coloured illusion in the middle. It’s naughty but also very nice.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)