Tonight she sings for Greece on the Eurovision 2018 stage. And days before her second semi-final performance, Yianna Terzi spoke to our William.
Her song, “Oniro mou”, boasts a deep meaning which goes beyond Eurovision.
“It’s a very sensitive and emotional message. We wrote it as a dialogue between Greece and Greeks, but it also could be a song between lovers, or from a mother to a kid. Someone is promising the other half that they will always be there and that they have undying love. In this case, it’s Greece and Greeks, because the country has been through so much lately. No economical or political things, none of that: it’s just emotions.
And what about her painted blue hand?
“The blue hand is a reference to what do you want to change to make the blue go fade, which is Greece talking asking why you want to take the soul away and treat me like this. I wanted to show the love for anything blue, because the colour of Greece is blue”.
As for her dress, Yianna always knew it would be white.
“If I would represent a country, I already had in my head I would wear white, and this songs suits it perfectly”.
The Greek songstress has lived in America for some years and tells us she that she first dreamed of the US as a child.
“I love American pop music and it was my dream to live the American Dream since I was four years old, I was watching MTV. This manager gave me a opportunity to go there and record and that is how it started. I moved there out of the blue, to Atlanta. I end up staying there for 9 years”.
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