The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we turn to Greece where Katerine Duska has “Better Love”. Were we feeling the love? Read on to find out!
Katerine Duska with “Better Love”
“Better Love” reviews
Sebastian: “Better Love” is the one to watch out for. Serving face, serving sass and serving a voice multiple octaves in range, Katerine Duska is by far one the most sublime vocalists in the contest this year. While obvious comparisons have been made with Amy Winehouse, her high notes rival an experience not to dissimilar to Jamala’s emotional high note in “1944”. And while “Better Love” is distinctly more pop than “1944”, it is also far more aurally accessible and memorable. Get the staging right, and we might be onto a surprise winner.
Anthony: Greece have once again crashed out and are seeking a response, but this feels like a case of déjà vu. Just as they did with Demy in 2017, they’ve wheeled out another radio-friendly pop song. Co-written with former Fame Academy winner David Sneddon, “Better Love” is built around Katerine’s unique, raspy vocals and really brings it out. Her live performance on the night will prove crucial.
Antranig: It’s good to see Greece mixing things up from what they usually send, but opting for a song which sounds like run-of-the-mill ninth place at Melfest? They can do so much better. The verses are fine but the chorus is generic and loses my interest. If you rhyme love with love, I’m not in love. Greece typically do better with the televote than with juries, so sending a song like this, which is major jury bait, is probably a good strategy. It should at least get them to the final but it won’t move mountains, despite the fact that Katerine is one of the most talented vocalists this year. I miss the traditional Greek flavour.
Luis: Heaven on Earth, welcome back to the game, Greece! After three not-so-good entries from the Greeks, they are taking us to Olympus with this piece of art. “Better Love” is a sophisticated journey in which Katerine’s voice takes you to the moon and back with her stunning vocals and frills. It’s delicate yet powerful, passionate yet elevated; elegant but also very catchy. Better love this, y’all!
Oliver: A professional and credible entry coupled with a unique voice, Greece have definitely changed their game plan for Eurovision 2019. The musicality and production value of this entry is something to behold and will definitely be appreciated by juries all over Europe. Will it resonate as well with the people? That remains to be seen. The chorus is definitely catchy but I’m not falling head over heels for this song as much as I was last year.
Tobias: This year Greece has stepped it up! The music video of “Better Love” feels very contemporary and lavish and so does the song! I am not totally sold on the song but it is something unexpected from Greece, taking a new direction from the typical Greek sound. I can see this do well in Eurovision. Katherine has a strong and powerful voice and I am excited to see what Greece will do on the stage.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 4.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.41/10
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