Thomai Apergi is returning to Eurosong after a one-year absence. This time, she has chosen to perform a Greek-language entry, which combines pop and jazz with a bit of Greek pizazz. Did her blend slip down easy? Read on to find out…
Sami: I liked Thomai’s “One Last Kiss” much more, but this isn’t bad. Thomai sounds great and the song flows nicely. Even if the song is pretty much the same until the last 30 seconds, you don’t get bored because of its catchy rhythm and Thomai’s presence. I still wish the song would speed up way earlier though..,
William C: Nice (a very Greek) intro…but then the voice come in. It’s jazzy but hopelessly repetitive. It reaches its greatest heights when the tempo picks up close to the end. The music becomes more interesting and hides any faults in her vocals. Overall an okay song, but not one I want to represent Greece.
William A: Thomai has beautiful teeth and perfectly sculpted eyebrows. I enjoy the way she moves her body and her very expressive face. Notice that I’ve said nothing about the song. It’s entertaining for a minute, but gets very old very fast. Next.
Max: I’m a sucker for a song in Greek. Thomai has left ‘One Last Kiss’ in the past and come back a million times stronger. This song is so full of culture and history — I just adore the use of the sirtaki throughout the track. If I close my eyes I can pretend I’m at a Greek wedding surrounded by smashing plates and ouzo, and that ain’t a bad thing! Any song that shouts ‘OPA’ whilst people simultaneously clap is a winner for me. If Thomai can carry this off on the night then Vienna better watch out.
Billy: Thomai returns to Eurosong with a much better entry. It has her signature jazzy style, but also essential Greek elements. To me, this is tried and tested. Greece has never failed with such songs, and it is summed up in 3 letters: “O-P-A”. The lyrics are nonsense, but the music and tempo change at the end are so good that I can ignore that. It’d work well in those old Greek movies with people eating, having fun and dancing. And I would love to see Greeks dancing in Wiener Stadthalle. It was the only entry of Eurosong 2015 that made me say “That’s it!”
Deban: Exaggerated femininity driven by a face caught in the headlights is what makes this entry slightly more interesting. However, not interesting enough to secure my endorsement. This is pure Greek pop masquerading as jazz. It nods to the classics, but it’s presentation is fairly bland.
Robyn: Listening to this song is like enjoying a spoonful of Nutella – sweet, smooth and nutty. And it’s a very welcome relief after listening to all the shouty ladies in the competition this year. Thomai is super elegant and has a classy, sassy voice. Like the title promises, the song blends jazzy pop with traditional Greek sounds – and it works well. Go on, Greece – pick this one!
Patrick: OMG… summer, Greek food, the ocean, the party and of course SIRTAKI! I feel my holiday memories so much. Thomai has improved a lot – I didnt like “One last kiss” but this is a Greek fairytale. This is so extravagant that it could easily stand out in Vienna like nobody else. I can already picture her dancing with the dancers and a stunning sirtaki! Go Thomai – I would love to see you in Austria!