She’s the princess of Greek pop who has had seven No. 1 hits on Greece’s Airplay Charts. And on Monday Demy showed the world exactly why as she served a cohesive, thoughtful performance about the power of love. This wasn’t just a first rehearsal. It was a statement that Greece is back in the game and ready to slay.
The performance starts with Demy standing centre stage before a dark LED that features a starry sky and raindrops hitting the floor and splashing. But Demy brings the light, working a bright red lip and a champagne-coloured dress with a very deep thigh split. A platform pushes her toward the sky — it’s a fairytale world where she moves toward the stars and unconditional love. We soon see two muscled men wearing white spray-on leggings and no shirts. Resting on their knees in a puddle and pounding the ground, they represent swans, which Demy’s team describe as “the embodiment of love.”
“Being in a fluid environment she experiences contrasting emotions of purity, tension and restlessness,” they tell us. “The strength of pure love can turn everything upside down, it can even reverse the flow of a crashing waterfall.”
And it does. During the dramatic instrumental, where the strings soar, the waterfall comes to life through a high-tech projection. We see an image of Demy swept up in reverse, giving the song “the moment” all Eurovision songs need.
Demy is rightfully in love with the staging, which was pieced together by legendary Greek director Fokas Evangelinos.
“The stage presentation triggers my emotions and I believe we will manage to make the viewers feel the same.”
Viewers may not instantly grab the subtleties of the performance. However, they will be awed. The staging looks relatively simple and pure, yet it packs a real punch. It’s instantly captivating and makes the song more dynamic and gripping. The various changes in colouration — from dark blue to orange-red — and the platform and choreography take us on a proper journey and we’re ready for the next ride. Greece is going to the final and zooming in on the Top 10.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)