Loucas Giorkas feat. Stereo Mike – "Watch My Dance" for Greece
Tonight, the Greek National final was held (odd that it was a Wednesday, as opposed to a weekend event…). After a six song national final (all sung by artists who were recent X-Factor or Greek Idol participants), a combined jury and televote came up with a somewhat unexpected winner: Loucas Giorkas and Stereo Mike’s “Watch My Dance”, a song blending a Greek ballad and English rap.
So, if you mixed this year’s Cypriot entry with a slower version of Finland’s “Lose Control” from 2009, I kind of imagine that it would sound a bit like this. If we just had Loucas or Stereo Mike up there on their own, I think that this could have been a somewhat stronger entry. But by trying to blend the two together, it feels sort of like somebody sewing a quilt made of silk and burlap. It just doesn’t sit well with me yet. (That being said, the Cyprus-born Giorkas, the winner of the Greek “X-Factor” is a pleasure to watch, to say the least!)
In all fairness, however, I hated “OPA!” the first few times I heard it last year, but it grew on me after a few listens (and after the song had been refined and remastered for Eurovision audiences). I hope that “Watch My Dance” follows that pattern. It’s Greece, so they’re just about a lock to qualify for the Final, but I think their Cypriot brothers have the stronger song, judging after the first few listens. At this point, I would be more than happy to “Watch My Dance”…but I’m not sure if I’m so psyched to listen to it in its current state.