William: Aphrodite. Demeter. Maria Elena Kyriakou. Yes, Greece’s Eurovision 2015 starlet looked like a Greek goddess during her first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015. She wore a sparkly, spangly number that looked straight-up showgirl — but in an expensive, high-class way. The blue background, which features white circular displays, keeps Maria Elena in focus. They’ve really dusted off the performance from the Greek national selection. It’s a more contemporary and up-to-date, which turns a potentially dated song into one that resonates with today. As ever her vocals are fierce and on point. LOVE.
Padraig: Dull, dull, dull. Maria is stunning, vocally and visually. However, neither the staging nor the song are up to scratch. Stereotypical Eurovision ballad coupled with unimaginative use of the LED screens results in a snooze-fest. This is not winning the contest, and could potentially be a shock non-qualifier.
Greece’s first rehearsal: Reviews and reactions
Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)