Erna Ill Be Gone
Erna Ill Be Gone

Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – hung out at Reykjavik’s trendy Micro Bar for a few hours. It gave us plenty of time to review Erna Mist Pétursdóttir and her entry for Söngvakeppnin 2017, “I’ll Be Gone”. Did she do enough to impress us?

Erna Mist Pétursdóttir – “I’ll Be Gone”

About Erna Mist Pétursdóttir

Erna was one half of a boyfriend/girlfriend duo, along with her partner Magnús Thorlacius, that competed last year with the song “Til þín”. They failed to make it to the finals in Laugardagshöll. Will Erna be luckier this time around?

“I’ll Be Gone” reviews

Robyn: Whether deliberate or accidental, “I’ll Be Gone” is structurally similar Sanna Nielsen’s “Undo”. It’s similar to the point where Sanna’s lyrics fit perfectly over many parts of the Icelandic song. As a result, it ends up feeling a bit formulaic. Erna is such a brilliant singer, though, and most listeners won’t be ESC nerds so she can probably pull it off.

Score: 6/10

Jason: “I’ll Be Gone” is a gorgeously delicate ballad, and Erna’s voice is both pure and powerful. The Icelandic version of this sounds so beautiful and ethereal, but it is not as accessible as the English one. The momentous key change stops it from becoming boring, and I think this would go down well in Kyiv.

Score: 8.5/10

Chris: It’s “Undo” if it were done by a Disney princess. There’s a lot to be commended here with the vocals. If Erna can hit those notes live then I’ll be floored. I wonder if the voters in Iceland will be similarly wooed? Another point: the English lyrics feel too formulaic. In Icelandic, this becomes much more mysterious to a non-native ear. It stands out so much more.

Score: 6.5/10

William: I appreciate a slow build-up, but this is so slow that Erna risks losing all of her listeners in the process. The chorus benefits from the heavy beat mixed with her ethereal vocals, and the moment of silence followed by the nuclear key change at 2:00 is stunning. But so was a similar chain of events in Sanna Nielsen’s “Undo”, which sounds very, very similar, rendering this somewhat derivative and predictable.

Score: 5/10

Bernardo: I’m conquered by simplicity. “I’ll Be Gone” is a silent storm with a simple arrangement that reaches its climax during a strong key change a la Eurovision. Erna’s ethereal and sweet and mysterious vocals help carry the song and I actually think the Icelandic version is better than the English one. Potential dark horse right here. I’m in love.

Score: 8.5/10

Patrick: Erna is like the Icelandic Birdy, with a light tender voice. This is a very very simple song…for better or worse. I really do like the piano and the delicate emotion of her voice makes this so sweet and pure. But I think she would have major problems in Kiev, due to the ballads that are already chosen, and those yet to come. This is a simple act that would get lost at Eurovision, but still a good effort.

Score: 6/10

Antranig: This is a very good song but I am conflicted about the key change. It had a very ethereal feel and the key change loses that vibe, but it brings in a much-needed injection of power. I don’t have a preference between the two languages here and I believe a mix of the two would work really well. Erna’s vocals are also strong and fit the song perfectly.

Score: 8/10

Luis: What a delicious voice Erna has! She turns everything into magic, except for the Icelandic version, which weirdly sounds worse than the English one. So let’s stick to “I’ll Be Gone”. I just love how the song grows from the lower tones to the big chorus. It’s like a stairway to heaven! It’s very Frozen, one might say, but well, Frozen was an international blockbuster, wasn’t it?

Score: 8/10

In our Söngvakeppnin 2017 Wiwi Jury, we have 20 jurors but only room for 8 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Dayana: 8.5/10

Deban: 6.5/10

Florian: 7/10

Forrest: 5.5/10

Jordi: 7.5/10

Josh: 6.5/10

Kristin: 7/10

Matt: 5/10

Mikhail: 5.5/10

Sami: 7/10

Sinan: 6/10

Steinunn: 5/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 5 and a high of 8.5.

Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.67/10

SEE THE FULL LIST OF SÖNGVAKEPPNIN 2017 RANKINGS HERE

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food
food
3 years ago

All the Iceladic songs are getting degraded by wiwibloggs.

blah
blah
3 years ago

That copy is almost deserving a trial from Undo writers. Same song, different lyrics.

AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago

Overall it seems like “Undo”, but it’s different. This song is softer and the girl has a wonderful voice. I’m not sure if live it’ll be that good. Like it.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago

Thanks Polegend for making me laugh so hard with your first comment!! 😀
Oh poor Erna – it’s not her fault the song is a tired old formula. As for her voice… yeah it could be better with a few more years’ practise.
Undo this song and move on.

Miskiewicz Poland
Miskiewicz Poland
3 years ago

Isabell Otrebus – Voiceless
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivq4EgsakUw

Slaytina
Slaytina
3 years ago

Wow it is totally Undo 2.0. but I love Undo so I’m glad for that

Eduardo
Eduardo
3 years ago

Best ballad this year! Love it. Great lyrics and vocals.

Leandrit Ferizi
Leandrit Ferizi
3 years ago

Good voice

Running Scared tonight
Running Scared tonight
3 years ago

i am sorry i post wrong place .
very embarrasing. sorry …
I love Erna Mist Pétursdóttir and her entry for Söngvakeppnin 2017 I’ll Be Gon .Good luck ……..

Running Scared tonight
Running Scared tonight
3 years ago

Feels like maybe it’s tve Escleader’s reprisal to escfans and cheating their televoting money . Maybe before Eurocasting tve already decided the one they want to send. So they Eliminated many good song and artist better than NF winner at eurocasting. i dont know

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 years ago

I like the song but not a fan of the vocal style. I wouldn’t choose to listen to this.
It is probably the best song in the Icelandic selection but I feel Aron Brink would still be my choice.

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
3 years ago

I generally don’t like how most female contestants in this selection have such high-pitched voices.

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
3 years ago

It’s a good ballad, maybe too similar to “Undo” but I like it. I have to agree with Polegend Godgarina that her vocals in the last chorus sound a little annoying though.

Magpie
Magpie
3 years ago

If this song HAD to go, please send this in Icelandic. It’s still formulaic but not as bad as it is in English. In fact this is the main reason why I hated “Undo”. “Undo” is literally the king of all formulaic songs and has never failed to annoy me immensely.

Colin
Colin
3 years ago

There is an undoubtable lyrical similarity with ‘Undo’, but is it really a bad thing? Undo is a great song which almost won ESC. And I’ll Be Gone is not a pale copy. Erna gives her own take on the subject, balancing between vulnerability and decidedness. At least in the studio version, her emotion is obvious. The great ‘shattered glass illusion’ instrumental at the end brings it to a great climax we’ve been waiting for. It’s a power ballad and a really strong one. My third favorite among strong Icelandic line-up. 9.5/10.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
3 years ago

I can’t believe you all praised her vocals. Her middle register is good, but the whining she does in the last chorus? That’s simply wrong technique and singing outside of your range. It’s not singing, but it’s not falsetto either – it’s the unprofessional mess that’s between these two. You can only do one. And that’s what ruins the song for me, otherwise it’s one of the most acceptable ones from Iceland.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
3 years ago

It’s a cover of Undo sung by a tortured cat. The vocals in the last chorus made me lose hearing for a day. Undo is my favorite song of 2014, but sis…