Greta Salóme is a Eurovision veteran. And with such status comes the ability to pick oneself up after a fall and comeback stronger than ever before. That’s exactly what Iceland’s “Hear Them Calling” singer did during her second rehearsal today. She put the slip-ups of Tuesday’s first rehearsal firmly behind her, as her revised staging reminded us why we first fell in love with the Söngvakeppnin 2016 winner.

The staging has been stripped right back to a form that resembles the simpler staging we saw at the Icelandic selection. The overly complicated gimmicks from earlier in the week are gone, allowing both Greta and the song room to breathe. They’ve also given her more room on screen. The camera shots are further out, with significantly more spacing between Greta’s head and the top of the shadow filled projection board. This strengthens the illusion of our David style heroine battling her Goliath style demons. There’s also less sweeping shots of the massive Globen stage, which helps keep the illusion intact.

However, it’s still lacking some of the magic we saw in Reykjavik. A lot of blue remains, which takes somewhat from the smokey atmosphere. And there’s also the issue of Greta’s choreography. It wasn’t as noticeably messy as previously, but she did miss her cue on several occasions, even if only slightly. Thankfully, this doesn’t seem to have impacted her confidence. Her voice was nerve free and much stronger.

Will these tweaks be enough to take her to the final? Let us know below.

Iceland: Second rehearsal at Eurovision 2016

Greta Salome: Interview after first rehearsal

Iceland’s press conference after first rehearsal

Read all of our Eurovision rehearsal reviews

Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

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chessguy99
6 years ago

Wish they would have Incorporated more of the LED floor. That part at the start will look great from the overhead camera. This is another sure qualifier.

Steven
Steven
6 years ago

Still preferring the NF performance it seemed more authentic. At the moment it’s too dark. Nevertheless she’s killing it.

Leo
Leo
6 years ago

A fantastic rehearsal ,this should sail through the final !

cheesecake
cheesecake
6 years ago

A thousand times better than on Tuesday. Iceland back on track.

Pollaski
Pollaski
6 years ago

They need to up the contrast on the video behind her I think. Some of the shadows are just a bit too hard to see at the important times.

Really looking forward to seeing how this all comes together.

Héctor
Héctor
6 years ago

Much better than the first rehearsal, but also much better than Russia’s staging, this is telling a story with meaningful. I’m sure the birds fly part will have some 3D effects in camera.

Leaf
Leaf
6 years ago

Actually my favorite rehearsal today ….. Along with Czech Republic and Austria.
If only I were allowed to vote …….. But since I think they will all reach the final, they have my support there.

Happy Icelander
Happy Icelander
6 years ago

What a comeback! She has definitely improved her performance since last Tuesday. Looking forward to see her next Tuesday, she will slay they Show and fly into the Grand Final 🙂

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
6 years ago

Getting away from the murky greenness of Söngvakeppni was important and although this does not look as good as it did during the first rehearsal, it is still much better.
Greta is obviously bringing it and I think this has to move up the rankings as a result.