She’s one of the few acts to skip all the Eurovision 2017 preview parties. But Greece’s Demy is most definitely not slacking off.
On Monday, the Greek pop princess gave fans a little teaser of what to expect in Kyiv when she shared a 30 second rehearsal clip. The video doesn’t give much away in terms of staging, but we can see that Demy has recruited four backing singers — two male and two female.
The practice session is led by none other than Cypriot Eurovision legend Alex Panayi. Since last entering the contest in 2000, Panayi has established himself as a much-in-demand vocal coach, most recently lending his expertise to Sergey Lazarev and the Russian team in Stockholm.
He joins Greece’s already illustrious “dream team” of composer Dimitris Kontopoulos and staging maestro Fokas Evangelinos, both of whom also worked with Russia last year.
Aside from Panayi’s involvement, perhaps the most interesting aspect of the clip is the vocals. Essentially, this is the first opportunity we’ve had to hear Demy perform live, without the assistance of any playback. Singing completely a cappella, the 25 year old offers us a timely reminder as to why she was picked in the first place.
Demy This Is Love — Greece Eurovision 2017 (Rehearsal Clip)
Demy This Is Love (Live on Rising Star Greece)
The stripped back session is in stark comparison to Demy’s appearence on the Greek edition of Rising Star last week. Guesting on the talent show, which includes Kalomira as a backstage host, the brown-haired beauty delivered a high-octane performance of her Eurovision entry.
Wearing a body-hugging sparkly dress and slicked back hair, she engaged in some elaborate choreography with her eight-man dance troupe. Her vocals remained flawless throughout, causing some to mutter “playback”. Watch the clip below and judge for yourself.
If Demy can achieve a happy medium between both performances in Kyiv, we could see her move away from the chasing pack and join the contenders out in front.
Rain may have stopped falling from above, but Demy is already achieving considerable success in her homeland.
Last month, she became the first Eurovision act since Helena Paparizou to crack Greece’s Top 20 airplay chart with six weeks to go until Eurovision 2017. She isn’t just making her voice heard on the radio either. “This Is Love” has topped the download chart in Greece for three weeks. It really is love!
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