Singing her Eurovision entry “Aphrodisiac,” Eleftheria Eleftheriou turned on enough voters to win Greece’s national selection. The 22-year old singer carried a whole lot of energy, five back-up dancers, and a super-high set of high heels with her en route to overcoming strong challenges from Dora, Cassiopeia, and Velvet Fire. Her ability to hold her pitch while shakin’ it had shades of Eurovision legend Kalomeira, who managed to place third for Greece at ESC 2008.

Still in free fall amid the euro crisis, Greece had to stage its Eurovision selection inside the atrium of a shopping mall. Thousands of fans crowded the immediate foyer—and also the corridors of every floor with a view of the action in the multi-storey shopping complex. Eleftheria’s upbeat pop number mixed electro-pop with traditional Greek sounds—and got the masses moving. The saucy lyrics (written by Dimitri Stassos, Mikaela Stenström and Dajana Lööf) are incredibly playful and convey Eleftheria’s intentions rather clearly: “You make me dance like a maniac/ you make me want your aphrodisiac…I’m craving for your touch/ I want it too much.”

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Eleftheria, who was born and raised in Cyprus, came to prominence while competing on the second season of Greek X-Factor in 2009. An early favorite, she crashed out during the fifth live episode. Shocked by the turn of events, Greek super star Sakis Rouvas offered to let her join his show at a Greek club that winter. She agreed, thereby boosting her profile in Greece.

Wiwi is thrilled with Eleftheria’s selection for several reasons. First, her song is classic Greek Eurovision. It maintains its Greek identity by setting traditional sounds and rhythms to a euro-pop beat. Second, Eleftheria, like Kalomeira and Helena Paparizou, is sexy but classy, and she’s young but well-seasoned. Third, after three years of male contestants (Sakis Rouvas, Giorgos Alkaios, and then Loucas Yiorkas), it’s about time Greek voters bypassed penis in favor of femininity! She bring some much-needed class and elegance to what is shaping up to be a lackluster year at Eurovision.

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@gg I’m not saying only rich countries should win. I’m saying bankrup countries can have a hard time hosting. Even if the cost is covered by sponsors and tourism, on the short term it’s a hard thing to do (otherwise you wouldn’t have some countries declining to host, as they did on early times of the contest) and Greece right now has a lot of things to sort, so hosting next year my be really hard to handle for them. Of course, if they DO win (which seems like a fair chance now that we know practically all the songs)… Read more »

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@ Nirgal
So according to your opinion only rich countries should win eurovision? I’m sorry but the cost of the organisation in case Greece wins is covered by sponsors and if Greece win this year it will be more beneficial to the greek economy than catastrophic because of all the people who’ll come over and spend their money to stay in athens while the competition is taking place.

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Ok this is an entry this is seriously catchy and will do reasonably well (even though Loukas was a much more interesting and robust choice, gounded in actual greek music), but class and elegance? I think she needs to work on that. Look at 1:50….

Bottom line, she is no Elena or Kalomira but with a lot of hard work she will be fine.

Nirgal
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Are you sure this isn’t Helena Paparizou performing as an interval act?

I’m not sure about this, she seems like a strong entry, and if she wins Athens 2013 will have to be in the backyard of the OGAE Greece Headquarters.

(Greece should have sent a joke act, now that they can’t afford to win. If Stereo Mike couldn’t ruin their Top 10 landing, nothing can)