Geia sou Elláda! The Wiwi Jury has touched down in Greece, ready to experience some sunny Hellenic realness! After settling into our Santorini villa, we discussed Greece’s entry for Eurovision 2017 — “This Is Love” from Demy. Were we feeling her love? Read on to find out…
Demy – “This Is Love”
Demy, 25, is a successful Greek pop singer, who first rose to fame in 2011 when she featured in Midenistis’ song “Mia Zografia”, which became a big hit in Greece and Cyprus. She has subsequently released two albums and a number of singles, including “Poses Hiliades Kalokeria” (How Many Thousand Summers), which shot to #1 on Greek iTunes and topped the airplay chart in 2012. The Greek broadcaster ERT handpicked Demy for Eurovision, and later staged a national final where Demy performed three different songs. Ultimately the Greeks went with “This Is Love”, penned by Eurovision veteran Dimitris Kontopoulos, along with Demy’s sister Romy Papadea and Scottish songwriter John Ballard. Ballard produced Ace of Base’s first three albums.
“This Is Love” reviews
William: Sometimes the strongest relationships take time to grow into — and so it is for me with this one. On first listen I thought the song was cheap, dated and completely overhyped. But the more I listen the more I like it. It builds slowly and strongly, with stirring changes of pace and instrumentation at 0:35, 1:04 and 1:35, moving from dreamy to dancey and remaining inspirational and uplifting throughout. By the time the strings and horns and electro backing swell in the final minute, I’m in heaven. This is my guilty pleasure.
Chris: “This Is Love” could — perhaps should — have been so much more. Greece seemed to have a “dream team” destined for at least the top five, but instead they’ve settled for something that is simply respectable. That’s not a negative, either, really: just that Demy perhaps deserves more. The chorus of the song is the real standout and honestly, the rest isn’t that memorable. Demy will no doubt win over voters with sheer charm, but it’s tame pop compared to some big hitters this year.
George: If this is love, it’s definitely not love at first sight. The song keeps oscillating between an EDM song and a power ballad and the result is a bit dodgy. Nevertheless, the song really grows on you once you listen to it more and more. Overall, I’m really glad that Greece isn’t sending an act like Argo this year. The uplifting nature of “This Is Love” will really be appreciated among the millions of ballads in the second semi-final and it does have potential, with the aid of the correct staging, to reach the top ten.
Luis: I’d say this is rather a pickup than love. This entry is cheap and underwhelming for the level of Greek music that’s out there and amazing, still there’s something likeable about it. It’s catchy and it’s one of those songs that are a bit distant in studio, but come to life live. Demy is a great performer, and I have no doubt she’ll make us fall in love in Kyiv.
Deban: A lot is riding on Demy since Greece failed to advance to the finals last year. She deserves to be Greece’s flag bearer after earning her stripes with an impressive back catalogue of dance hits. Unfortunately, “This Is Love” contains a few dull interludes and preambles which prevents it from fully committing to the EDM genre. Despite this, it thumps hard in parts and sounds like a summer dance anthem.
Sami: What a wasted opportunity this was. Demy is an amazing artist and her previous singles would have been perfect for Eurovision. Dimitris Kontopoulos has also produced some of the greatest Eurovision songs of all time. But instead they came up with this slightly cheap and forgettable tune. “This Is Love” is enjoyable enough for the three minutes, but there are so many better songs in this genre this year. Greece might miss the final again for the second year in a row and that is not good thing for a country that was once one of the most successful countries in the contest.
Natalie: It’s about time we had Demy on the Eurovision stage! And with a Dimitris Kontopoulos produced song this couldn’t possibly fail! Athens 2018! Except the odds aren’t as enthusiastic. In a year of ballads, this song will definitely be well-received, especially with its killer dance break after the chorus and the epic build-up to the end. But, it just doesn’t come together. It’s better than, for instance, Moldova last year, but there isn’t any lasting impression or golden quality here. Even Demy singing “reaching out for the stars” seems bored and disconnected. It’s really sad – I wish Greece all the best for their efforts, but I don’t expect much to come from this.
Robyn: “This Is Love” feels torn, like it can’t decide if it wants to be a cute love song or a dance banger. The result is that it doesn’t end up doing either all that well. It’s not a terrible song, it’s just that Greece is capable of doing so much better. I suspect it will have more energy and cohesion live in Kyiv, but in the studio version, it’s not quite working as well as it should.
In our Wiwi Jury, we have 38 jurors but only room for eight reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 1.5 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.11/10
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