To everyone’s surprise, fan favourite Iceland failed to advance from the First Semi-final last night, despite an almost flawless performance of “Hear Them Calling” by singer-songwriter Greta Salóme. Right after the results were announced, social media was flooded with shocked reactions from the Eurovision fans, who had seen Iceland as a sure qualifier. One voice stood out from the crowd and that was Greta’s, who expressed her surprise with her non-qualification, but also her gratitude to her countless supporters.
Greta wrote this message on Facebook, shortly afer the semi-final ended:
What a night! It´s a unique feeling knowing you had the performance of your life and a whole stadium shouting out for your country when they were announcing the finalists and still not make it into the finals. I can honestly say that I feel like a winner after tonight´s show and there is nothing I could have done better. And of course my team has been the best I could ever have had. I´ve seen the twitter and Facebook discussions and I am beyond grateful for the support I´ve been getting. I´m just as surprised as you all are, but maybe just not as disappointed, simply for the fact that I am so happy with the performance. I am also so grateful for the great comments we got from the commentators and all of you out there. The message about the song has been spreading like fire for the last few days and we will take that message and make it ours. I am not sad tonight…..surprised yes but overall grateful especially for all of those messages I´ve been getting from you across Europe and most but not least the people in Iceland.
The singer of “Hear Them Calling” also told Iceland’s National Broadcaster RÚV that she was pleased with yesterday’s performance, despite the result. “The only thing one can do is to give it your all. And I think we did that tonight,” she said.
We were also surprised with the fact that Iceland failed to advance, despite the great performance and high odds of qualification. Watch Team Wiwi reeling right after the First Semi-final:
We are very much looking forward to seeing Greta at the #wiwijam tonight, where she is one of our guests.
There are a number of explanations for Iceland’s failure to connect with the European audiences and juries. What do you think brought Iceland down? And what do you make of Greta’s reaction?
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Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)