Iceland’s Greta Salóme arrived in Stockholm on the back of rave reviews and fan adulation. But during her first rehearsal on Tuesday, things became slightly unstuck. Over the course of three run-throughs, the “Hear Them Calling” singer repeatedly missed her cues and struggled to own the massive Globen stage. Now, RÚV are reporting that SVT’s staging is out and that the national final staging is back in.
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The smoke and shadows filled routine was set to incorporate some complicated hologram technology. Greta spoke of what was to come during our post-rehearsal interview, telling us that there was content missing and that we would see more on Friday. She even hinted at a disappearing trick. This now appears to be canned. Instead, the Icelandic team will revert to the simpler staging we saw during Söngvakeppnin.
Jonathan Garðarsson, the Icelandic head of delegation, explains that the reason for the changes was down to incompatibility. The proposed staging was simply deemed inappropriate for the vision they were trying to achieve. Work is now under way on adapting the original concept for the Eurovision stage. Certain elements will be developed further or changed slightly.
Greta Salóme interview after first rehearsal
The revised staging will be unveiled on Friday, when Greta returns to the Globen for her second rehearsal. Can this eleventh hour staging gamble pay off? Will the changes be enough to secure her a spot in the grand final? Let us know in the comments below.
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