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!
WHY DIDN’T YOU ADD THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO? 3 DAYS AFTER AND THERE IS NO VIDEO. LOL
The video was released just 3 days ago and it’s approaching 1 million views so quickly! I think it has impressed people already.
Great great great!! Beautiful voice, interesting sound. I think it’s one of these songs you have to see live to appreciate it more. I hope they do a good job with the staging. Thank God Greece chose to be different! Good luck!
i just love this song
This son is PURE ART!Contemporary,high quality,excellent video clip!Top 5 material!Greece is back!!!
You keep changing the username, but you do realize that your avatar is the same right? Aka Bob Mat. We know you keep commenting every 5 comments. Almost 100 comments are yours.
When they told me that Greece, yes Greece finally had a good Eurovision song I would not believe it. They told me I would eat my words. They told me I would like the song so much I would pack my bags and move to Crete. ….
Let me tell you this.. I will not be moving to Greeve, especially not to listen to some lady in a fancy gown sing a Jess Glynn song. How dissapointed but unsurprised I was.
When this plays on stage in May I will insert the headphones and listen to Demis Rousos. Thank you.
There is the truth. This song is more Grease than Greece.
Well yes we do not want you in Greece stay there
She co-wrote the song. It was her choise
This is such a nice sing,art,quality,modern!All in there,my winner so far!!
I see a lot camel toe’s in this video…
WINNER VIBES!WELL DONE GREECE!
Epic – her lower register.
this is florence and the machine’s shake it out! it’s not even resembles, it’s the same chorus
This goes straight to my #1 !! So modern,elevating,like a big hug!I love her voice!Easily to top 3 !
I like it. I prefer when Greece send something a little more traditional but this is ok. I think it now all comes down to the staging, if they get it right this could easily be a top 5 song depending on how her live vocals sound. Portugal is still my favourite, followed by Italy and Greece now in 3rd for me.
And that goes straight to my #2!! I love what Greece proposes most of these last years (even though sometimes songs don’t translate well on stage) and this is no exception. I have big expectations for the staging but whatever happens, thank you for that music <3
Just by looking at the HUGE amounts of comments in this site one can predict it will do really well in Tel Aviv. I wonder how many posts reach almost 400 comments in about 15 hours…
basicly is beacause of the Greek fandom we are everywhere idky
You know how greeks are. They said the last 5 years they would win ESC. thy are nationalists without ears. This is great though
Nationalism ? Support to our artists
also you are racist you dont belong in this community
And the video is approaching 1 million views already! It was released just 3 days ago.
My winner!Modern,if it was in the United States it would be in top 5 of Billoard!Excellent Greece!!!
this is the opposite from what americans listen to these days, if anything it would be a hit in the uk since it sounds like a jess glynne song but better
Well,american fans say that this could easily be in the top5 of Billboard but in any case,being ahit in the UK is not sth to laugh at,it is a perfect song
Matt from esc united say that..
One of the BEST of this year ! Great song , amazing voice ! With a good staging it might actually win !
Defo final, probably top 5 or even top3 material if the live performance gives the video vibes….
omg why isn’t this on spotify yet…. the greek team is the pits, i want to stream this song on repeat ty
This is EPIC!It grows on you so fast and so much!I got WINNER VIBES!!
Like the song, LOVE the voice… but it doesn’t stands out for me
I just heard the song and I just have one question.
How will this stack up against the more unique entries from other countries? (Think Iceland, Portugal, etc.)
Staging. A success at staging might bring miracles like Moldova last year.
For many people Iceland has a bad song and Portugal has a messy one. They are unique but not good for me either.
So the Greek song can stand
Beautiful video. Her “voice colour” is unique. Juries may love it, not so sure about the televote. Definitely not a top-5 and not a top-10. It may rank between 11th and 20th places. I have a feeling it may receive a reception as “X My Heart” did last year. I agree it might do better than Cyprus, though.
Well, they are making an effort
I feel like it’s not trying enough to make people actually vote
It’s a nice song you can enjoy listening to during Eurovision and then move on to the next performance
Automatically in my top 5!
I don’t understand why people are trying to find something wrong.. either you like it or not. That’s it. To put so much hate to an artist who gives her all to a song, it’s just disgusting.. I personally like it, I have it on repeat and I m enjoying it. Simple as that. #GetALife
I LOVE it – it’s like Katy Perry went indie pop. The song is fresh and radio friendly, but it’s not too much of an “obvious” Eurovision entry. This could bring Greece back to where they used to be.
I see a potential top 5 and a potential jury winner. Unless they completely mess up staging, this may do even better than Cyprus. Congratulations neighbors, this is friggin amazing.
Too generic for my taste. I’ve just heard it … and forgotten about it. It sounds like many songs in the radio nowadays, and this year we have many interesting and unique songs that excite me more.
I think it’s a nice song, don’t get me wrong!!! But I’m not a fan of her voice… It’s different, I give it that. And I don’t think her voice fits this sort of song….maybe something more jazz-y idk. It’s not a winner in my eyes but I can see why a lot of people may like this!
As someone who is a closet bisexual this song just really hits home with me. It touches me on a spiritual level and Katerine really is a beautiful woman. Everything about this is a winner.
This is bloody fantastic
Much as I love eurovision, I am finding it very hard to get excited about any song this year…so far anyway.
This is deff a refresh for Greece they will for sure make it to the finals with this one 🙂 top 10 — im still rooting for Tamta. ALSO much better than last year
Sad that it’s not in Greek but this s certainly miles better than “This is Love” will ever be.
Nothing really special. It’s not bad, but doesn’t really bring much new to the table aside from a lovely voice.
I wouldnt be surprised if this won really
This is FIRE
It grows on you so fast and so much
I’m just sending a prayer than San Marino has an amazing song. I’m begging them to bring it on. As it stands, I can already see nine or so songs from the first semi that stand a very good chance at the final (Greece definitely being one of them), but San Marino hangs in the balance. I already know at least one song I really like will probably go home, and I’m hoping it isn’t them. And, San Marino being San Marino, I don’t want to get my heart broken again.
My god, San Marino… I’m so worried because I really want to see them in the final, but can’t keep my hopes up with Serhat. Can’t we give them a ticket straight to the final? Otherwise my heart will break as well :c
Anthemic,epic song mainstream modern and ethereal!Really nice!My favourite so far!
Katerine’s voice is so special that she would find fans even if she was singing the phone book. I guess we have an Aisel situation here: a skilled alternative performer singing something mainstream and very well produced. It’s not what I wanted, but the results are much better this time. The ethereal vibe gives it character and while I always felt Aisel’s vocals were underused, this song really allows Katerine to shine. The juries will love it and good staging can make it happen for the televote too. I believe it’s a grower.
You did it again 😉
I hear a bit of ‘Anything Could Happen’ by Ellie Gouldng in the background vocals during the chorus. Now that I finally had a chance to listen to the song on a proper equipment. I like it.
This is another good jury song. I don’t really see much potential from the televotes but it could be a possibility to have it high on the televote scoreboard. For my taste, this is good, maybe just too much high-register hooks? Everything else is fine by me.
Greece is like a top five televote country if we’re talking diaspora.
I don’t think Demy or Maria Elena even managed to get over 30 points from the televote, and not even points from the United Kingdom – one of the countries with the biggest Greek communities
I love it top 5!
Great!Greece serves quality and this is obvious!Top 5 material!
Every 5 comments, 1 is yours 😛
Enough already! You have been promoting Greece’s entry since few days ago. Patriotism much?
Yeah i also dont like the patriotism but if u consider that there are people who keep reposting hate comments more than him….it kinda feels strange
This is the first “Western” sounding pop song Greece has produced that could, in theory, receive airplay in English speaking countries.
Up ’till now, Greece’s “Western” sounding songs consisted of “This is Love,” “This Is The Night” and “One Last Breath”–nothing that a self-respecting DJ would ever put on the air (or, in the case of “One Last Breath,” no current DJ, since the song probably could have been popular if released back in the 1980s).
I think it’s a great choice for Greece! Hopefully the live performance will be strong.
Not a winner but a really, really good song. Probably the best of the internal selections so far. As others have said, this just really suits her voice for some reason. However, that music video has to go. I hate everything about that.
“Last time I wore that much tulle, I got kicked out!” – Vanjie (or something across those lines)
OK song, nothing special.
1 – Iceland
2 – Portugal
3 – Italy
4 – Cyprus
Waiting for Russia
Hatari just announced they will come with a Palestinian flag and they will denounce Netanyahu live on stage…
I love controversy 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 I can’t wait for this year’s Eurovision lol
Yeah but they should go slowly, or they can be banned from Eurovision by Israel
Even Iceland have gotta be like “OK, take it easy there, guys…” (That’d practically be begging for a slap on the wrist from the EBU).
Why does this give me A Star Is Born-vibes? Really feels like a quality entry – but let’s wait for the live version, I can’t imagine that the part starting from 2:33 is going to work in any possible way. If she and the backing vocalists do, however, sing well, the juries are going to love it, it’s definitely something that appeals to those who also liked Austria 2018.