Formerly a near-perennial top ten finisher, Greece has seen its Eurovision fortunes flag recently. It hasn’t come within a sniff of the upper reaches of the scoreboard since 2013, and in two of the last three contests it has faced the indignity of non-qualification. But change is afoot.
According to the Greek outlet Ethnos, pop is back! And Katerine Duska is potentially the woman charged with restoring the Mediterranean nation’s pride at the contest.
The report is based on a TV appearance by journalist Yiannis Poulopoulos. He claims that broadcaster ERT is on the verge of selecting up-and-coming singer songwriter Katerine Duska. Signed to Minos EMI — whose stable also includes the Georgian-Greek Cypriot Eurovision 2019 singer Tamta — she’ll be tasked with bringing a poppier, more European sound to Israel. The lyrics will apparently be in a foreign language, presumably English.
The TV network is expected to make a final decision imminently.
Who is Katerine Duska?
Born in Montreal, Canada, Katerine Duska currently resides in Athens. Her 2016 debut album Embodiment won over critics with the lead track “Fire Away” featuring prominently in a Nescafe Canada ad campaign.
Her official Facebook profile compares the chanteuse’s style to the “dark sonic timbres” of Lykke Li and Jessie Ware”, while her “trademark soulful rasp” harkens back to the late Amy Winehouse.
In a Q&A with Cyprus Mail, Duska reveals that her favourite movies are the Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight trilogy. Living, Loving and Learning by Leo Buscaglia is the best book she ever read. She enjoys listening to Irish crooner James Vincent McMorrow and Blue fan Lorde. When asked to share a joke, Duska quips:
What do you think? Would Katerine Duska be a good choice for Greece? Can she replicate the success of Kalomira — the last Greek popstrel to come from across the pond? Let us know in the comments below.