Another nation is clinging onto Eurovision for dear life, it’s got a 100% qualification record to protect. Yes, along with Ukraine, Russia & Romania, Greece has made it to every Eurovision final since the semi-final system was introduced in 2004.
Greece had a creditable record in Eurovision since its 1974 debut, but it was only after its return from a brief hiatus in 2001 that their fortunes really turned around, with an amazing run of eight top 10 finishes between 2004 and 2011, along with their first win in 2005. Winner Helena Paparizou, the singer of “My Number One” returned this year, but rather than represent Greece again, she turned to Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, coming 4th.
On the other hand, with the dismantling of the Greek national broadcaster, it wasn’t clear if Greece would even be eligible to enter the 2014 contest, but its interim broadcaster was cleared for provisional membership at the end of 2013, and Greece were permitted to continue.
It’s clear to see how Greece has got such a formidable reputation in the contest, they have a knack for picking crowd-pleasers, and “Rise Up” is no exception. On the face of it, it’s a fairly generic dance track, but that cheeky brass sample helps a lot, and the spirited performances of the two vocalists goes a long way.
Not an obvious hit, but I can see this really getting the crowd going. Performing late in the easier Semi 2, I don’t see anything getting in they way of Greece’s qualification record this year.
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