We’re feeling pink tonight, thanks to Greece’s Katerine Duska! The Canadian-born singer has been dropping hints of her Eurovision entry all week. And tonight, the secret was revealed: here’s her “Better Love”!
The Greek entry was premiered during a special show on ERT 2, which presented the channel’s new programming. After a lot of talking, Katerine jumped on stage before her song was presented.
You can watch the song at around 1:37:01 of this Facebook stream.
“Better Love” is an ethereal power ballad with heavy pop production. Katerine’s vocals go from fragile to strong in microseconds ahead of the chorus, soaring at just the right moments.
We’re getting vibes of Florence and the Machine, mixed in with some Paloma Faith. It’s a move away from the traditional notes of “Oneiro Mou”, but could that be a good move for Greece’s chances?
The whole thing is packaged with a stunning music video, with Katerine looking stunning in an intricate pink number. Tulle for days! “Sophistication” is the word here.
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Earlier this week, Katerine had uploaded a short but intriguing clip to her Instagram. It features an image of a person with long wavy hair being stroked by another person wearing a long, white mesh glove and a large pearl ring.
If you need a vibe for the video — that alone says it all!
What is “Better Love” about?
The “Better Love” lyrics are powerful, and don’t shy away from the intensity — and dare we say “madness” — that comes with love. Katerine speaks of all-consuming feelings — the “burning feeling inside” — and learning to deal with the heat. Yes, there’s pain, but there also gain. Sometimes you have to burn to be reborn.
The theme works on multiple levels. For some the song will no doubt reflect the sensation of diving into an intense relationship. For others the text may resonate for invoking the adversity of a relationship. At times she’s “holding on for dear life” and she simply can’t hide it.
There’s even a case to be made for tensions stirred by those outside the relationship. As she sings: “Let them look, don’t know, don’t care, go deep with me.”
“Better Love” has Greek-British musician Leon of Athens and Scottish singer-songwriter David Sneddon on its composing team, as well as the Montreal-born representative herself.
Sneddon may be best known as the winner of the first series of Fame Academy — the BBC’s 2002 version of the Operación Triunfo franchise. But Sneddon has years of experience under his belt, both as a solo artist and as a songwriter, having worked with artists such as Hurts, Lana del Rey and Jessica Mauboy.
What do you think about “Better Love”? Are you feeling better after hearing it? How do you feel about Greece’s chances? Do you think they’ll be back in the final? Tell us in the comment section below!