ESC 2010 Reviews: Greece
Ok, dear readers, I need to come clean with you all.
I rarely, if ever, like the Greek entries for Eurovision.
I know, I’m going against the grain here, and I’m probably alienating any Greek readers that I have or will have in the future, but few, if any, have ever made much of an impact on me. It’s nothing political, I promise (I tend to like what Cyprus serves up!), but the songs that Athens serves up either slip from my memory completely, or they strike me as derivative. I really want to like these songs; often times, their stage shows are out of this world, and you can’t deny how much of a spectacle they can be. But, all too often, Greek entries are built on a simple formula: pretty face + danceable melody + bouzouki/lyra or disco break = 12 points from Cyprus.
Here are a few examples, all of which have scored in the Top 10 in the past few years.
2001: Antique, “Die For You“, 3rd place.
2004: Sakis Rouvas, “Shake It“, 3rd place.
2005: Helena Paparizou (formerly the lead singer of Antique), “My Number One“, winner.
2007: Sarbel, “Yassou Maria“, 7th place.
2008: Kalomoira, “Secret Combination“, 3rd place.
2009: Sakis Rouvas (again), “This Is Our Night“, 7th place.
2010: Giorgos Alkaios and Friends, “OPA”
…I was trying to come up with something witty and biting to say here, but I was distracted by the cute backup dancers. What was I talking about again?
Greece will probably sail through to the final, as they always do (especially because they’ll be performing in the less-competitive first semifinal), but this year’s effort has been somewhat hampered by the nation’s dire economic status. Their sponsoring network will only be paying for a bare-bones music video (the one shown in the above embed was supposedly paid for by Alkaios himself) and a limited promotional tour to neighboring nations, as opposed to a more extensive tour of the continent. I’m not suggesting that they’re throwing the contest at all, but considering the fact that Greece is going to be receiving a 110 million Euro bailout from the rest of the EU, it might be best that Eurovision 2011 not be held in Athens. But we’ll see what happens!