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
Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)