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Saturday, 11 February 2012 19:11

Iceland: Final of Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins - LIVE

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One of the countries that has proven to be quite successful in recent years has been Iceland having managed to reach the final each and every year since 2008 when they were represented by the duo known as Euroband and their song 'This Is My Life'. Since then, things have gone quite well for the small nation even finishing as the first runner-up thanks to Yohanna and the song 'Is It True?'. Their annual selection process is entitled 'Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins' and tends to feature some impressive tracks, some of which have been left by the wayside in recent years. Therefore, it will be quite interesting to see how things will develop this evening.


The showcase which will ultimately be featuring seven acts, two (2) of which made it from each respective semi-final and another one (1) which was chosen by an internal jury as a second chance type of track. The show can be watched through a number of methods, including a webcast through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest or through the official website of the broadcaster. It is one of the late starting events actually commencing at 21:30 CET although there will surely be some interesting acts guest starring this evening. Stay tuned with ESCflashmalta which will be bringing you the live report of the show.

The Show (Part 1)

And the show kicks off with Hera Bjork and her stunning voice doing a medley of past entries including 'Molitva' (Serbia 2007) and 'Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi' (Switzerland 1987). After which we have the 2 presenters introducing the whole show - with a rather dull setting. After a moment of severe technical problems, the lady presenter in frills, and her counterpart, announce to us the first performance.

Running Order

Heiða and Guðrún Árný – Aldrei sleppir mér

The two singers dressed a là greek goddess, are not as impressive as they would have been with better attire - with the white stage doing nothing to help them. The voices are very melodic and in harmony with each other. It gives out a rather angelic feel to the whole song. The backing vocalists are also impeccably complementing the leading singers. The overall effect is rather strong and one could say it’s rather flowing, yet it lacks that je ne sais pas!

Magni Ásgeirsson – Hugarró

The singer is clearly underdressed, even for such a laid-back, soft-rock song. The vocals are rather good, and he does his best to deliver. The overall presentation lacks character. The band in the background does its part, yet they should’ve given more prominence. The song is nevertheless quite enjoyable, something you could listen to over and over. Indeed, were it to win, a greater effort must be put in to render the whole performance better.

Rósa Birgítta Ísfeld – Stund með þér

This song opens with a gorgeous retro-feel to it. She has a good voice and very good stage presence. The whole setting is very reminiscent of the 60s Dolce Vita. That see-through top should’ve been avoided for it doesn’t really complement the whole picture. The floral-fascinator on her hair is, on the other hand, is a good add. the dancers and the abstract, for want of a better word, are also very enjoyable. The song is a really good one - it would certainly stand out. There’s work needed, yet the overall performance deserves attention!

Simbi og Hrútspungarnir – Hey

The song opens with one of the four singers sitting on wooden goat. It’s the folklore-kind-of-song, which is further accentuated by the shabby clothing melody. The voices are very melodic and in harmony, yet the rhythm and tones are very boring. The backdrop, with what seem to be pictures of their country, is not helpful at all. On the whole, the song lacks climax and thus takes you nowhere. Nonetheless, it was greatly appreciated by the audience in the theatre.

BREAK

The show is on a little break, and the whole theatre seems extremely dull. Very dark and nothing going on meanwhile. It looks rather cheap when seen like this actually. The break is now over, and Regina is off to take the stage!

Regína Ósk – Hjartað brennur

This beautiful singer, wearing a very flowy dress, has a gorgeous voice. The performance is rather simple and easy-going, which makes you like it even more. The backing vocalists utterly complement the singer and the song. The singer’s vocal are stupendous and the there’s good climax to it. The melody is indeed catchy and you just got to like the whole package. It’s actually a very Eurovision song - and it would be a good contender.

Blár Opal – Stattu upp

This song promptly catches your attention. It’s a fun, moving song, with which you have to move yourself. It’s a rather interesting boy-band, so to speak. Out of the four, only one is decently dressed for the night - the others are quite boring to look at. Moreover, while the song is per se rather catchy, the overall vocals are definitely boring and tedious. It shouldn’t make it to the top 3.

Greta Salóme and Jónsi – Mundu eftir mér

This quite good-looking couple, very elegantly dressed, is a joy to look at. It’s a gorgeous duet. Their vocals are fantastically matched and coordinated. The impeccable setting is also an extra, because it gives the whole performance a very alluring charm. And when she plays the violin, the magic reaches its apex. The backing vocalists do their job magnificently. There’s not much to say, really. It’s clearly a winning song. The whole performance cannot be faulted and flaws are nowhere to be seen. It would be a brilliant act to have at the Eurovision.

The Show (Part 2)

And with that we have just watched all 7 acts. Some have been more stunning than others, and from some others we were expecting a much better performance. Indeed, the biggest downer of tonight’s show was the choice of presenters. They never seemed happy to be on that stage - looked rather gloomy actually. It wasn’t, however, just the presenters that lacked that extra touch. The theatre per se had a dull vibe to it. Nothing fabulous - something which is usually expected of such shows. Finally, one must also comment on the extremely long postcards, which consisted of practically never-ending interviews.

We are now on a break and it’s quite a pitiable, really. Rather than bringing someone else for the entertainment, the presenter himself has just started singing. He may well be a good singer, yet he’s the host of the show and not some jack of all trades of the show. Besides, the performance leaves much to be desired. There have been quite a lot of recaps this evening which is quite astonishing as we have now passed the quarter past eleven mark and are still waiting for the results. The tele-voting period has just come to a close! Last year, Aftur Heim represented Iceland and some moments from winning are shown as well, noting the tragic demise of the original singer. His family are also on stage to relive the memory of a result.

Top Two

  1. Greta Salóme and Jónsi – Mundu eftir mér
  2. Blár Opal – Stattu upp
Last modified on Saturday, 11 February 2012 22:30