On Saturday evening, Eurovision fans tuned in to watch 26 iconic Eurovision songs that never made it out of the semi-finals. Votes were cast, and in the end, Iceland’s Greta Salóme picked up the most votes for her 2016 entry “Hear Them Calling”, making her the winner of the #EurovisionAgain semi-final special.
The 26 featured semi-finalists had been selected by #EurovisionAgain organisers, with input from fans and a jury of Eurovision blogs and podcasts — including wiwibloggs!
A running order was put together, with the Eurovision ethos of presenting the best possible show. Fans tuned into the live stream on YouTube and commented along on Twitter.
After the Eurovision semi-final performances for all 26 acts were replayed, fans could vote for their favourites. While there were many favourites, there could be only one winner. Iceland’s Greta Salóme won with 32,007 points.
In second place was the Swiss sibling duo ZiBBZ and their 2018 entry “Stones”. The bronze went to Finland’s 2017 entry, the duo Norma John and their heartbreak ballad “Blackbird”.
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— #EurovisionAgain (@EurovisionAgain) December 19, 2020
“Hear Them Calling” was also the favourite non-qualifier of wiwibloggs readers in our recent poll. Wiwibloggs readers came close to the #EurovisionAgain top three. Readers had “Blackbird” in second place and “Stones” third.
Greta Salóme reacts to winning the #EurovisionAgain semi-final special
The Icelandic diva herself recorded a short message, expressing her grattitude for winning the vote and sharing best wishes for the holidays.
“Hey everyone, this is Greta Salóme from Iceland. I want to say thank you so so much for the votes and all the support and all the love last night in the #EurovisionAgain competition. I am so grateful and so thankful for all the support and all the love I have received from this amazing community, throughout two Eurovision entries and the past eight years.
“I really hope that you have a wonderful Christmas, happy holidays, and may  bring lots of good things – and Eurovision – to every single one of us. Merry Christmas and happy holidays and thank you one more time.”
— Eurovision Song Contest (@Eurovision) December 20, 2020
Greta Salóme first represented Iceland at Eurovision 2012. Singing in duet with Jónsi (who himself had already competed solo at Eurovision 2004), the pair performed the dramatic anthem “Never Forget”, which placed 20th in the grand final.
Greta then returned as a solo artist in 2016, after winning Söngvakeppnin with “Hear Them Calling”.
Going into the competition, “Hear Them Calling” had been a hot favourite to qualify, but in Stockholm it missed out, surprisingly placing only 14th. During the #EurovisionAgain special, fans on Twitter noted that the performance may have been hurt by the projection staging with its gloomy lighting doing Greta no favours. As well, the performance followed Russia’s “You Are the Only One” which also used a projection concept but with a much slicker effect. Nonetheless, the song remains a fan favourite.
#EurovisionAgain semi-final special – running order
- Norway: Stella Mwangi – “Haba Haba”
- Estonia: Koit Toome and Laura – “Verona”
- Belarus: Petr Elfimov – “Eyes That Never Lie”
- Bulgaria: Poli Genova – “Na Inat”
- Slovenia: Omar Naber – “Stop”
- The Netherlands: Edsilia Rombley – “On Top Of The World”
- Moldova: Eduard Romanyuta – “I Want Your Love”
- Finland: Norma John – “Blackbird”
- San Marino: Valentina Monetta – “Crisalide (Vola)”
- Romania: Ester Peony – “On A Sunday”
- Monaco: Séverine Ferrer – “La Coco-Dance”
- Greece: Yianna Terzi – “Oniro Mou”
- Denmark: DQ – “Drama Queen”
- Poland: Tulia – “Fire Of Love (Pali Się)”
- Switzerland: ZiBBZ – “Stones”
- North Macedonia: Jana Burčeska – “Dance Alone”
- Ireland: Molly Sterling – “Playing With Numbers”
- Montenegro: Who See – “Igranka”
- Croatia: Feminnem – “Lako Je Sve”
- Andorra: Anonymous – “Salvem El Món”
- Israel: Mei Finegold – “Same Heart”
- Slovakia: Kristina Pelakova – “Horehronie”
- Belgium: Kate Ryan – “Je T’adore”
- Czech Republic: Marta Jandová & Vaclav Noid Bárta – “Hope Never Dies”
- Iceland: Greta Salóme – “Hear Them Calling”
- Portugal: Suzy – “Quero Ser Tua
#EurovisionAgain will return next year
The #EurovisionAgain series of rewatching classic episodes of Eurovision was masterminded by journalist and Eurovision fan Rob Holley, as a way of helping to fill the gap caused by the cancellation of Eurovision 2020.
While the 2020 series of rewatch specials has now come to an end, organisers promise that #EurovisionAgain will be back for a new season next year. As well as there being plenty of years left to revisit, there are also plenty of semi-final non-qualifiers that still deserve another listen.
What do you think? Was “Hear Them Calling” your favourite non-qualifier? Which other songs deserve another listen? Tell us your favourites below!