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Olivier Rocher from France
Greta Salóme is back with a better track than in 2012. At first, I was not that seduced by the song. For me it was a bit too dramatic and a bit outdated. But, during Söngvakeppnin final, the staging completely changed my opinion. Take the mysticism of Loreen and the screen play of Mans and here you are! It really helps the song stand out and let’s hope Iceland will keep the same staging in Globen. “Hear Them Calling” is rather original, with interesting key changes, and let’s not forget the trumpets! That’s rather unexpected on Eurovision stage nowadays… This entry should qualify easily.
Andreas Athanasiou from Greece
Lord, help me. I am so divided by this entry. I loved Greta back in 2012 and I still do. But her voice is not showing as much as it did back in 2012. The song is better though. It has a unique vibe to it that can catch the viewers/listeners attention. I would totally change the staging and make something that Europe hasn’t seen before. The whole visual effects thing is getting really old and boring at this point. It’s not even that impressing anymore and I do feel that if she keeps it, it is going to be a huge disadvantage for Iceland. If this changes are made and with a good performing position in the Grand Final, I believe that Iceland could easily make its way to the top 10/15.
Victor Cruz Lafuente from Spain
With this song I have a problem, I am not in favor of the special effects during Eurovision as what really matters is the song and the voice of the artist, because I think that Eurovision is a song contest, and this song if you take away the effects of the screen loses 90% of the grace of the song. Greta Salóme is back to Eurovision four years after and this time as a solo singer with a song that reminds me of the Vikings and the finishing touches have been made to have successful musical base, giving more quality and depth to the song. After seeing the success Måns last year I think and fear that Iceland will do well this year.
*oikopanel is consisted of Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece), Morten Kaiser (Denmark), Jaime Solloso (Spain), Olivier Rocher (France), Victor Cruz Lafuente (Spain), Luka Popovic (Serbia), Alenka Alexandrovic (Switzerland) and Andreas Athanasiou (Greece)