EUROVISION 2016 - STOCKHOLM - SWEDEN

 

SECHUK JURY 2016 - COMMENTS & SCORES FOR: ICELAND

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I HEAR THEM CALLING

 

GRETA SALOME

SECHUK JURY

Rating

 230/320 (71.9%)

 

INTERNATIONAL JURY

ICELAND

INT

JURY TOTAL

120.5

 

Amar

Very Of Monsters and Men-esque, which in my opinion is a great thing! Greta is a great performer and fits this song very well. I enjoy how sophisticated the performance is, and how it all comes together very nicely on stage. Greta will rock it in Stockholm !

8.5

 

Benedek

Greta is back and with style. I like this song it is very Nordic and it is a good quality song. The visuals are almost good. For me it is a little bit to dark, i want to see the performer even if this song is with shadows. Greta can sing and it is a fantastic performer, she will qualify from the semi finals but this song can’t reach top 10 unfortunately.

7

 

Christos

Stunning Graphics, cold and repulsive appearance and a good copy of last year's winner. A good chance for Iceland to qualify for the final but not to win. Countries with a population of less than one million inhabitants will never reach the victory, remember it. good effort

7

 

Daria

I like this ghosts & ravens theme! I hope Greta will keep this performance (though I would change some Loreen moves at the beginning), but arrangement of the song is not mystical enough.

8

 

Douwe

Greta Salóme returns to the Eurovision with a folk/pop song full of Nordic mysticism and atmosphere, at least when sung in Icelandic that is. In English it loses a lot of its appeal. 'Hear Them Calling' has a catchy melody but somehow it leaves me a little cold. Greta's dancing is very reminiscent of Loreen and her vocals are rather weak and basic. This will probably scrape into the final but I doubt it is a winner and I preferred 'Never Forget'.

5

 

Elena

I get strong Lorene-vibes from this and the shadow-show feels like a Zelmerlöw-rip off (but backwards) but I can't help but absolutely love this! It's catchy, cool and modern with a slight old nordic touch. I'd vote for this.

10

 

Frederico

Very Icelandic sounding. I like the rhythm and how the songs builds up. Hope it qualifies. Presentation live was beautiful.

6

 

José

This is the Iceland one is expecting, edgy with quality. I'm sure Greta will be a great finalist this year 

8

 

Mark L

I really don’t get this offering from Iceland at all. In a contest that is seeing some really good entries I don’t think this song stands a chance.

2.5

 

Melissa

One of the best entries selected this year so far. The only thing I can fault with this is the stage performance - it's horribly lit, and I guess it was something they had to do to get the rear imagery to work in the performance, but I hope it's something they can rectify in Stockholm. Nice work regardless.

8.5

 

Octavio

Good entry. I like the song and I like the peformance , but she seems too stiff to pull off the performance. She needs change the performance in some ways the staging and choreography is a bit of a mix of Måns Zelmerlöw & Loreen. It's a bit 'constructed'. Or calculated. Nevertheless is a good entry.

9

 

Paul C

Again Iceland sending something great. I like the song, the staging was nice (apart maybe from Greta's outfit). But the song in itself is fresh, entertaining. I hope for a good result for Iceland , even though I do not see it as a winner.

8

 

Pia

A copy of Zelmerlöv and Loreen, but guite good. Difficult to say if this works again ......

7

 

Roberto

Well done Ísland. I like this entry very much, and even more in Icelandic. Powerful contemporary music, mixed with that typical mystical Icelandic atmosphere. The special effects are very good. This time, they helped the song instead of saving it. A real big contender of this year. 

9

 

Roy

I am happy Greta is returning, R O W had her duet with Jonsi as our top song for 2012 and she was a very nice person, so it will be nice to have her again at Eurovision. They surely made up for the mistake of last year with Unbroken – they realized it was broken and fixed it. It is a very good song and production and right up the way Swedish would have done it. I do not think a winner but surely top 5.

8

 

Samantha

When I judge an ESC song, I look for something that gets my heart beating faster. This accomplished that with ease. Gorgeous. Love it. 

9

 

UNITED KINGDOM JURY

ICELAND

UK

JURY TOTAL

109.5

 

Andrew C

Sitting through the previous Icelandic entries at the start of the preselection made me wonder how Iceland have never won the contest and until hearing Raddirnar in English I thought 2016 might be their year but somehow the reworking has lost the original impact.

8

 

Andrew G

not sure about this when I first heard it, do I like it or not, it reminded  a bit like euphoria in the very start, the cletic sound to this is good, and I think this will be good on stage,the song repeats itself a lot, not much lyrics I thought and got a bit repetitive.

7

 

Daniel

I prefer the original Icelandic version but this is brilliant! So far, along with Spain , the only song I have wanted to listen to again and again. Can't wait to see this performed on a bigger stage with bigger production.

9

 

Danny

A welcome return for Greta! This reminds me a little of And Monsters and Men, and quite different from Never Forget. A very dark staging which works well with the song which I think is very dramatic. I think this should see them back in the final after last year’s disaster.

8

 

David B

Hmm! It's all a bit 'Loreen de Forest ' but this is going to thunder out in Globen. A simple melody with a catchy chorus, surely this must elevate Iceland back into the final, the top ten and who knows? 

7

 

David E

The move from Icelandic and subsequent “oomphing” of the arrangement lifted this from merely bland to rather nice. No winner in my book, but I do like it.

7.5

 

Dean

Iceland is one of my favourite countries at Eurovision and I can't wait for them to win. But I can't see it happening this year. It's an arresting performance but for me the tune doesn't quite hit the spot. But I can see it qualifying with ease.

6

 

Eddie

A mix of past winners (12 and 15) in presentation with a folk twist.  I really like it, great feel, and a real top tapper. It will stand out as being something different and she does have a great voice / stage presence. Well done Iceland !

8.5

 

Gary  

Steal the ideas of 2 previous winners maybe you have something? Well, she has the Swedish trick of using out-of-sight backing singers to boost the lead vocal and needs to work on the slickness of the performance, but it’s not bad, if a little disjointed. Without the visuals it just sounds empty. Needs polishing.

5

 

Joe

This is in keeping with recent Icelandic selections, a bright piece of pop music with a strong hook. Maybe not breaking any new ground, but a very pleasant 3 mins.

8

 

Mark M

I absolutely adored this song in Icelandic.  I think it's lost something when sung in English but it's still very good, even if the presentation is a naive homage of what Mans did last year.  She really needs to see someone about those whispers she hears.

7.5

 

Martin

Once or twice a year I get goosebumps listening to an entry, meaning it could win - I got them watching this!  A phenomenal piece of artistry on screen, superb acting and vocal perfection by Greta, plus an atmospheric lighting show - this is the one to beat in Stockholm .

9.5

 

Matt

I'd like to like this more than I do but, sadly, I don't.  I do like the franticness of the tune and she does sing well but I feel it lacks 'something'.  Like so many of the songs this year, it struggles to keep my attention for the whole duration.

6

 

Nico

Well look who's tweaked a couple of winning performances, and I must admit it's very nicely done. I love her, but as with her (superior) last entry this is sadly just fan wonk and probably has the same destiny. Song wise there were much better offerings in Iceland , which makes it all the more disappointing.

4.5

 

Sally-Ann

This is getting rave reviews - but not from me.  The Loreen-style presentation is an obvious observation, but the song is a case of style over substance and i feel it will struggle to qualify.

4

 

Tristán

I so missed not having Kreisí in the final, that was so much more fun than the six songs we had to choose frm. In the end I was hoping for Elísabet Ormslev to win but the bizarre voting meant that it was Greta or Alda and thank goodness it was the former. Can't see why there's so much love for it though, myself.

4