It’s obviously been a difficult year for Greece. Struggling to hold its economy and government together, many were betting Greece would add to the tally of countries pulling out of Eurovision for financial reasons. Indeed national broadcaster ERT tried and failed to secure financial support from major record labels to fund an entry, but an agreement was made with private channel MAD TV to host a national final and send its winner to Malmö.
It seems support for Greece in Eurovision has been solid since their win in 2003 and subsequent hosting of the contest the followng year. They’ve had one of the strongest records at the contest in the last decade too, only breaking a chain of eight top 10 finishes last year when “Aphrodisiac” came 17th last year in Baku. They’ve also never failed to qualify for a semi-final since that system arrived in 2004. Can they keep up that streak? Four hopefuls wanted a ticket to Malmö, but only one could win, decided by a typical 50/50 jury & televote split.
Aggeliki Iliadi – Hilies Kai Mia Nihtes
No Greek entry would be complete without those typically traditional instruments, let’s smash some plates (pick the cheap ones)!
Aggeliki’s hips don’t lie, do they? She’s swaying like she’s stuck to the floor, but her voice is pretty solid. I quite like this, it’s not got a major hook but it’s very ‘world music’ which often plays pretty well at Eurovision. There’s something special about it, it’s not amazing but she’s a great performer – especially if you’re a ‘leg man’.
Thomai Apergi – One Last Kiss
Well she is quite something… nice dress! Hmm… is she singing English? She’s going down some turbo-Winehouse route with this one, ending up more like a carcrash Paloma Faith. She’s certainly got bags of energy. Is someone toilet-papering the studio?
It’s fun but a bit of a mess, and the vocals are all over the place, but it’s certainly a change for Greece. One last keees!!
Alex Leon ft Giorgina – Angel
Enough excitement, let’s have a nice ballad. Hey, is that Niamh Kavanagh? Perhaps not. It’s a bit of a spooky intro though – I didn’t realise that toilet paper is part of the stage, is this filmed in a haunted house?
Topless dancers don’t help, but it’s a bit of a strange ballad. Or at least it is until she gets her wailing vocals over a thumping dance beat. What a strange arrangement! Oh the guys have got the strings out. She’s got a great voice, but I have no idea what’s going on here.
Best one so far, but what a strange song!
Koza Mostra ft Agathonas Iakovidis – Alcohol Is Free
Giorgina had to settle for second place, while this one won the ticket to Malmö. Not quite what I was expecting, it’s sort of speed-Ska isn’t it? Not to say this thing hasn’t been seen before at Eurovision, particularly from Eastern Europe. It puts me in mind of a few Moldovan entries over the years.
It’s got a lot of energy, some awful outfits, but sure to get some attention. It rattles through at a manic pace, but it’s not bad. Not typically my ‘thing’, and I wonder if an English translation might help it out, apart from the boozy refrain in the chorus.
Not sure where they’re going for their alcohol though…
Another country down, another entry selected. Not sure if this will do the business for Greece, but I think it will play enough as one of the non-traditional entries to get through the semi-finals. That said, it’s a bit of a gamble, and I fear a bad result might discourage Greece from entering next year. The national final reportedly got good ratings though, so who knows!