Despite favourable reviews from Eurovision fans, Greece’s bet on an ethnic-sounding offer in Yianna Terzi’s “Oneiro Mou” went down as the second non-qualification in the country’s otherwise stellar Eurovision resume. And recently Yianna expressed her take on the latest Greek drama.
As reported by OGAE Greece, the “Oneiro Mou” singer appeared on the show “After Midnight” hosted by Eleonora Meleti and spoke out on the experience, all the way from the beginning.
Apparently the Greek team’s support system wasn’t bulletproof.
“The Greek Delegation did not go with complete support,” she said. “It didn’t’t mater who did it! It’s a whole story that I choose to leave behind and concentrate on how much the public and the media supported the song. It was unexpected! There is a story concerning our non-qualification in Lisbon, but I do not want to discuss it. The song influenced the souls of the Greeks and I do not want to spoil that feeling.”
Her route to Eurovision fell on the less conventional side.
“I took part in Eurovision unexpectedly, there was no plan. We composed some other non-Greek songs and we decided that we could give them to a singer for Eurovision. Then there was ERT’s announcement and their decision to take part in Lisbon with a Greek song. My colleagues and I decided to take our chances and let me try a Greek-language one.”
Yianna recalled that the development of Greece’s first fully-Greek song in twenty years was unusually quick. “The composition of the song lasted only 40 minutes. All this happened out of the blue! We sent the demo and I had not even decided [to participate] yet. I had faith in my song. After all it seems my feeling was right! In just two days after the song was officially released, it became a top hit in all platforms.”
It rings true, as Greece placed in the top 10 of the televote portion on a very cutthroat semifinal, but only placed 16th with the juries. Yianna says she is open to returning to the contest, but under conditions that are less haphazard, but could be either singing or composing a song for someone else.
What do you think? Do you think the Greek team could have handled or staged their entry better? Or do you love Oneiro Mou as it is? Let us know in the comments below!