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After last year's disappointing result for Greece in which they crashed out in the semi-finals, they return this year with Katerine Duska singing Better Love, a fantastically contemporary track that immediately reminded us of a hybrid Jess Glynne/Amy Winehouse record.
Greece (usually) have a strong diaspora vote but it's unlikely they'll need to rely on it this year, "Better Love" is something you could hear on the radio today and it'd fit right in at the top of the charts. Katerine has a richness in her unique deep voice which she has shown to be able to replicate in live performances. The song follows a standard procedure with the "Go deep with me" bridge leading into the crescendo which you know will look and sound great on the Eurovision stage. The general consensus is that this track is high quality and one to watch.
Just by the sound of the song and look of the video, you can tell that Greece are going to do something memorable with the staging on the night. The music video has an eccentricity which could be brought to the stage in terms of costume and dancers. Couple that with the pounding drums and high notes and Greece could be providing us with a visual as well as auditory spectacle. Hopefully the Eurovision stage won't be quite so cold for the performers as it clearly was in the music video...
Regarding the semi-finals, Greece perform in the second half of the first semi which is the weaker of the two, they should sail through. I personally regard this as a Top 10 contender for the final. Better Love is very much a jury-friendly track that should perform well on the televote on the night too. This is despite the music video not getting particularly impressive stats, very much mid-table. iTunes the song has charted in Greece, Cyprus and Finland only. Katerine has done better that most on new social media followers though. Despite the mixed stats early on, I'm calling "Better Love" a dark horse and look forward to seeing what numbers we get following the first and second rehearsals.
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