C:Real brought some major rock edge. Barrice brought modern dance. Shaya Hansen, the pre-contest favourite, brought a high-energy, frenetic performance. But in the end Maria-Elena Kyriakou moved the nation with her emotional ballad “One Last Breath,” emerging as the winner of Greece Eurosong 2015! Next stop: The 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna!
Maria-Elena comes from Cyprus, but Greece has welcomed her with open arms. Prior to Eurosong she won The Voice of Greece, where she earned a reputation for pitch perfect vocals. Her performance this evening wasn’t the most original — pretty lady accompanied by piano — but she made up for that with stellar vocals and a song that builds perfectly.
Ahead of the contest our jury was full of praise for Maria-Elena. One juror wrote, “this song grows in strength as it progresses, reaching its highest highs at the very end.” Another described her song as “perhaps the best powerballad from Greece since Mando.” High praise indeed! Not all of us were fans: “Her song is a lovely but boring-to-death ballad, at least till the rock beat drops. They have also taken some features from Conchita’s “Rise Like A Phoenix”. It’s the only entry that does not include a distinctive Greek sound, and that may make the difference.”
Greece Eurosong Winner: Maria-Elena Kyriakou
This year, the Greek national final had everything: surprising acts, glamour, and humour. Mary Sinatsaki and Doretta Papadimitriou did a great hosting. And we loved their plunging necklines.
Freaky Fortune — last year’s competitors — and Helena Paparizou — the winner of Eurovision 2005 —proved they are here to stay. Freaky Fortune performed a down-tempo number, while Paparizou wowed with her rendition of “Rise Like a Phoenix”.
Studio versions of all songs
You can listen to studio versions of all the Greece Eurosong finalists below. Just click on their name for the video and for our in-depth review from before tonight’s contest.
Shaya Hansen – “Sunshine”
Thomai Apergi & Legend – “Jazz & Sirtaki”
Maria-Elena Kyriakou – “One Last Breath”
Barrice – “Ela”
C:REAL – “Crash & Burn”
What do you think? Did the best song win? Can Maria-Elena soar at ESC?