Hellas calling! Kyiv was the city of glory where Greece won its first and so far only Eurovision back in 2005. And as tonight’s song final unfolds, Greeks will no doubt be hoping they can repeat their feat by winning it all again this time around. Ahead of the show — which airs tonight at 21:00 CET — you can watch the trailer below and get a sense of what to expect.
Earlier today, during Ant1’s morning programme To proino mu, Greek journalist Themis Georgantas reviewed what’s on the plate. First what you already know: we’ll get to hear Demy’s three potential Eurovision songs and watch their associated video clips, which were filmed in Odessa. The journalist spent a lot of time talking about “This Is Love”, which is apparently the most-discussed of the three entries.
Earlier in the week a video containing the demo version of “This Is Love” leaked online. Georgantas stated that composer Dimitris Kontopoulos was really upset about this, as he felt disrespected by someone leaking the unfinished product. At the same time Kontopoulos was positively surprised when neither the Greek media nor Eurovision websites published the leaked video.
Some of you may have heard the leaked song, so be ready for a second first impression! According to Georgantas the song will feature new elements and has been revamped since the leak. The lyrics in the chorus and even the orchestral arrangements will differ from what we heard before.
“This Is Love” is being described as a ballad which evolves into a dance banger. Naturally we’ve had Valentina Monetta 2013 on our minds since reading this. Will it be another “Crisalide” but better?
The second song, which was co-written by Demy’s sister, has been described as radio-friendly, while the third entry will be an American-style ballad.
Tonight’s selection will focus on Demy, her composer Dimitris Kontopoulos and their stage director Fokas Evangelinos.
But we’ll also see a series of well-known artists sending their best wishes to Demy, including two-time Eurovision participant Sakis Rouvas and singer Despina Vandi.
Sergey Lazarev and Ani Lorak approve
But international artists who have worked with Dimitris in the past are also getting in on the extravaganza. Ani Lorak and Sergey Lazarev will also send their greetings.
It won’t be the first time they’ve expressed their approval. We’ve done a bit of digging on Instagram and they have been showing their love for a while now.
On February 16 the “Shady Lady” singer posted a photo of herself in the recording studio with Dimitris.
“It’s always great to record new songs and it is even better when you do that with good friends like @dimitriskontopoulos,” she wrote in the caption.
“I also had the chance to listen to the three songs that Demy will sing for the Greek Eurovision entry. Three very good songs but one of them I really LOVE!”
On Valentine’s Day Sergey — perhaps our favourite Russian Eurovision act ever — shared a photo of himself enjoying Demy’s three options.
“With my dear friend Dimitris Kontopoulos, famous Greek composer who wrote ‘You Are The Only One’ for Eurovision 2016.”
“This year his song will be performed at Eurovision by amazing and beautiful singer Demy, who will represent Greece! Tonight I had the chance to listen to her three candidate songs. And Dimitris as always amazed me. I will definitely vote for Greece this year.”
Are you excited to find out which song Demy will sing at Eurovision 2017? Do you think she can bring Greece back to the final? Let us know in the comments below.