Katerine Duska Greece Eurovision 2019 Better Love

Katerine Duska will represent Greece at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with her song “Better Love”. It’s a contemporary radio track which has drawn comparisons to Jess Glynne, Annie Lennox and Florence + the Machine.

Greek broadcaster ERT chose Katerine through an internal selection process, which the network hopes will return the country to the final after only its second-ever non-qualification in 2018.

Since Eurovision 2019 is right around the corner, we’ve compiled 10 facts you need to know about Katerine Duska.

1. She grew up in Canada

Katerine was born to Greek parents in Montreal, the largest city in the French-speaking region of Quebec. Coincidentally, Romania’s Ester Peony also spent much of her youth in the city. However, the pair only met for the first time on the Eurovision press trail.

2. She studied law

When Katerine was 16, her family upped sticks and returned to Greece. In an interview with Vice, she says that while it wasn’t her choice to leave, she stays because she wants to. Upon finishing school she started a law degree at the University of Athens. But it wasn’t to be. She didn’t want to work in an office and music’s allure was too strong.

3. She got her big break on YouTube

Katerine began uploading music to YouTube. And in late 2013 she went viral with a cover of “Do I Wanna” by the Arctic Monkeys. Five and a half years later it has amassed over one million views. Speaking to LiFO, she says “I was not on the map until then. I wanted to have a sample of my work on the internet to attract musicians and start working”. She succeeded and was quickly snapped up by the Minos EMI label — home to Tamta, Helena Paparizou and more.

4. She released her first album in 2015

In summer 2014 she released her debut single, “One In A Million”. She had actually first uploaded the demo version one year previously, but with record label backing she was able to up the production and create a music video. Then in December 2015, she released her first LP Embodiment. Her second is due later this year.

5. Her music was used by Nescafé

She moved back to Greece over a decade ago, but Katerine is still making ripples in the land of her birth. In spring 2018, the Canadian arm of Nescafé coffee used “Fire Away” — the first track on Embodiment — as the soundtrack for its “Crafted with Care” campaign. The ads ran all over the country, in both French and English speaking regions. “So this crazy thing happened!”, wrote Katerine on Facebook, “I couldn’t be more thankful ! 🙏”.

6. Her back catalogue is all in English

Despite making music for a Greek audience on a Greek label, Katerine’s entire discography is in English. Speaking to CultureNow.gr, she admits that it’s not a fast track to mass market success. Singing in the language is a “sign of the alternative”, but it never posed a dilemma for her. “I always wrote in English. It was quite natural to me as I grew up in Canada and it is also my mother tongue”.

7. “Better Love” is the first release she didn’t write entirely herself

Katerine wrote all nine tracks from Embodiment by herself, including the singles “One In A Million” and “Won’t Love”. But for “Better Love” she drafted in some additional help for the first time.  And she didn’t call on just anyone. Her co-writers David Sneddon and Leon of Athens are two of the best. Sneddon’s credits include Lana Del Rey’s “National Anthem” and Jessica Mauboy’s “This Ain’t Love”. Leon of Athens is an up-and-coming writer whose 2018 single “Aeroplane” received widespread critical acclaim.

8. But she has collaborated with others

She might be new to sharing writing credits, but Katerine is no stranger to sharing the stage or recording studio with others. Last year, she made a rare foray into the Greek language with a feature spot on Stathis Drogosis’ “Tha Perasoun I Meres”. The hauntingly beautiful track featured on his 18+ album. She also collaborated with Billy Pod on a cover of James Blake’s “Limit To Your Love”. And in autumn 2018 she performed a concert with the Swedish singer-songwriter Albin Lee Meldau.

9. She participated in the Give A Home initiative

For World Refugee Day on 20 June 2017, Sofar Sounds and Amnesty International organised the global Give A Home Event. Its goal was to highlight the ongoing refugee crisis and saw thousands of artists perform intimate concerts in over 300 cities in 60 countries. Ed Sheeran did Washington D.C., The National did Edinburgh, First Aid Kit did Stockholm and Katerine Duska did Thessaloniki.

10. Her musical influences are wide and varied

By the time she reaches Tel Aviv in May, Katerine will have come a long way from her first solo gig at Athens’ Pride in 2013. And while she’ll share the limelight with some of Europe’s finest (plus Madonna), there are still a number of acts on her bucket list. Her dream collaborator is Kimbra, best known for featuring on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”. If she could work with any artists in history, her choices would be Nina Simone, the Beatles, David Bowie, and Queen.

Can Katerine Duska take Greece back to the final? Could “Better Love” bring victory number two for the Mediterranean nation? Let us know in the comments.

Read more Eurovision 2019 artist facts here.

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Greek media report there will be some kind of set installation reportedly designed by someone that has worked with Lady Gaga and X factor Uk. Anyone know who that might be?

keith mawson
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keith mawson

Brian Freidman?

Chris Mo
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Chris Mo

yeah but is he a designer? I thought he was a choreographer

eNSik
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eNSik

Be ready to be slayed by the staging in Sunday.

Kkar
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Kkar

Guyyyyys, check her Instagram stories. BLESSING.

George
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George

GREECE WILL DEFINATELY WIN THE SEMI FINAL AND BE IN THE TOP 5 IN THE FINAL .SHE WILL BE THE HIGHEST SCORED FEMALE VOICE .
KATERINE FOR THE WIN . ATHENS 2020

esc1234
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esc1234

She is a class act. Juries dont love Greece, if any other country have sent her she would definitely won jury vote (fun fact, they have never ranked Greece in the top 10 in any eurovision final)

Tidge
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Tidge

I think she’ll win the jury vote

Ffs
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Ffs

She’s a lovely girl ! Good luck , Greece !

eVnIk
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eVnIk

She deserves to go high! She is talented and has the most original voice this year! With a great staging, I hope she ends up top 5! Good Luck Katerine!

Peter
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Peter

I am pretty much confident that Katerine will be the highest scoring female act this year!I am sure for a top 5 result and i do know that the staging will be very good as i have been told so!So i see big things coming for Greece!

LoveWave
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Do you know things for staging?

Peter
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Peter

yes i do and it will be unique and great!

LoveWave
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Thank you very much I have faith in Efi and Katerine I hope they will show us sth impressive and unique!!

Kostas
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Kostas

Guys it’s ok if you don’t like her, but please respect the fact that she is unique.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Calling it now: Katerine will be the highest scoring female act this year. 🙂

Hmm
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Hmm

In my opinion, it’s either Greece, Malta or Cyprus. The betting odds are in agreement with this as well.

We will have a clear picture after we watch the 1st rehearsals. And I just realised the male singers seem to be dominating this Eurovision…

EuroSluuutty
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EuroSluuutty

She’s one of the most supported artists this year

euro1982
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euro1982

there is a new video from her rehearsal and she is truly astonishing…

Una
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Una

I love Katerine!! Great voice, great presence, she’s talented and wonderful! Good luck!!!!!

And I’ve heard some acoustic music she’s made in Greek – check youtube. With a Greek fellow. Mesmerising!!!!!

Julieesc
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Julieesc

Her voice is just not my cup of tea, sorry, but the song is not bad

Era
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Era

Hate greece.Kiss from albania.And big Albania Red and Black

Nej
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Nej

Lol, the level of pathetic…I hope you are a troll

Era
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Era

I broke the record -50 votes Im so happy hahahaha

Jack
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Jack

An important number of Albanian found home in Greece in difficult times. If you have any dignity you should at least respect a country that welcomed people from your country.

Joni
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Joni

Bravo man this is true.I love greece

Joni
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Joni

Greece its the country who help us in difficult days.I love greece its my second country kiss and love from Albania stop politic here

Makis
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Makis

Why? Why should we be enemies, while we can be friends and enjoy the whole journey? I am Greek, I have Albanian friends and the nationality was never a criterion for our friendship. You feed the hatred. You don’t belong in this community. And, the most important thing is that you don’t get the idea of Eurovision. Bye.