Eurovision (ESC) Thursday – Greece 🇬🇷

Preface:

As I mentioned in a previous post (Random Thoughts Thursday: Eurovision), I’m going to start reviewing and making my predictions for ESC2022 as countries begin to name their artists and release their songs. While these songs will be performed at Eurovision, countries have some time to revamp the song (mainly to fit it into the 3-minute window) and staging.

In addition to making comments about the current entry, I’ll provide information about the country’s entry from last year’s Eurovision just as a comparison.

Now that the intense national selections season is over, I can backtrack and discuss some of the countries that have made internal selections.

Amanda Tenfjord – Die Together

Thoughts:

At first, I really was not feeling this song, but it steadily grew on me. I think the hubby has something to do with that because this song stays on his main rotation list. While the song is a bit dark, I think it’s one of those songs that anyone, who has been in a significant relationship, can connect to the sentiment of this song.

But if we die together now
We will always have each other
I won’t lose you for another
And if we die together now
I will hold you till forever
If we die together, die together

Overall, I think Amanda has a beautiful voice. However, I’m not sure how the audio modulation (for lack of a better word) will work on a live stage. Also, I think this modulation is what makes the song stand out, and I fear that the song will be pretty bland without it. This is one of the reasons, why I prefer to review ESC songs that have a live vocal. I mean, anyone can do anything in a recording studio. Well no matter what happens on ESC2022’s stage, we all know that Greece will receive 24 points (the max 12 points from jury and televote) from Cyprus. Based on ESC2021, 24 points would be enough for Amanda to escape last place.

Greece in last year’s Eurovision:

 stefania – last dance

  • Semi-final results: 6th place out of 17 performances (184 total points – 104 national juries and 80 public votes)
  • Final results: 10th place out of 26 performances (170 total points – 91 national juries and 79 public votes)

Video from an ESC21 attendee

I gotta say that Greece took a bit of a risk, and I think it kind of worked out with a top 10 finish. Technically, Stefania received the same total points as Victoria (Bulgaria), but Stefania received more televotes and nabbed the 10th position. ESC2021 was had quite a few female-led dance pops, but I think Greece’s staging really differentiated Stefania’s performance from the other female performers. Ok, so the execution was not THAT great because you could see traces of the green screen. I think this was a very risky performance because so much coordination had to go into getting the cameras right, building the platform, and ensuring that the dancers had sufficient time to fit in all of their costume changes. I do remember in one of the performances I think one of the dancers did not fully change because he was missing one of his green gloves. It must have been so weird to see this in the arena because you would see a huge green screen and guys running around the stage dressed head to toe in green outfits

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