Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love.

And today Katerine Duska had her spirit as she took stage during Greece’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2019.

The stage is set in shades of pink, focused around a large prop that resembles an egg, and with frequent flowery outbursts.

To some, the Greek stage might look crowded, with backing vocalists and dancers.

Others may think they have made the most of the six person allowance. During the performance there is dancing, sleeve-ography with flowy-dressed backing vocalists and fencing.

Which is not to mention the giant egg or flowers on stage.

Like many there were some camera angles that did not work or will need work before staging.

But one things that needs no work is Katerine Duska‘s voice. She sounded fantastic, particularly in her upper register, and was belting it out from the first run through.

Katerine Duska — “Better Love”: Reviews and Reactions

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Matthew
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Matthew

Well, which one of you is gonna vote for Katerine then?

Karl Fradgley
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Karl Fradgley

This a great entry – with all the male vocalists at the top of the betting odds – could this be a dark horse for the win?

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Before the rehearsals, some were suggesting that this might even be a surprise non-qualifier. Well, that’s not going to happen now! Great job, Greece. Should be a definite top three in SF1.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

From all the stagings we’ve seen so far, this seems to be the more carefully crafted. The costumes, the colors, the prop, the background, everything connects and I bet it looks tasteful and harmonious on camera. Like Slovenia, Greece is trying to embrace our senses, not to grab our attention by the throat. I hope it works.

Kosey
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Kosey

I am not sure which other acts you are referring to, but clearly no act can reach through the TV to grab our throats, so clearly aren’t those other acts also “embracing our senses,” just perhaps in a different way?

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Figure of speech, obviously. The big difference is in the verbs: embracing x grabbing. Greece won’t pull you closer to steal a kiss, it’s up to the audience to notice how kisseable their entry is. 🙂

Whisker
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Whisker

This is pure art.

Rimig
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Rimig

Happy to see my number 2 is not dissapointing. I have to admit that I was really worried, even after Madrid. But it looks like things are coming to a good end and Katerine can give an amazing performance. Top 5 most probably!

Elina
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Elina

And yes .. That’s the winner of semi final 1 . Sure qualifiers also are Cyprus , Estonia , Czech Republic , Australia , Slovenia and Iceland . Possible qualifiers Hungary , Portugal , Belgium , Poland , San Marino , Serbia and Belarus . Sure non-qualifiers are Georgia , Finland and Montenegro . Greece would be top 3 in jury vote in the final and as far as I am concerned according to the comments 4th-7th in the televote … And that’s enough to bring them in top 5 in the final ! P.S. I really liked Australia from… Read more »

Sean
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Sean

Wow what a voice!The staging is like from another world!Love it!The winner of the day and of course the winner of the semifinal 1!Greece serves art this year

kaiti
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kaiti

katerina duska the perfect voice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Komentator
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Komentator

Feminine and virgin, vocal is fascinating…But when will the poll for the best rehearsal from first semi-final???

IVANOV
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IVANOV

Ah AH AH , this was so good that she hasn’t move on the betting odds. People here are so deluded or biased.

IVANOV
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IVANOV

Keep downvoting and it will show more how much you are deluded.

Jo.
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Jo.

showing how much you are is already enough.

Andreas
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Andreas

Probably the odds will change after all countries will make their first rehearsal. Don’t forget that most of the countries that are higher than Greece are in the second semi. We will see what will happen

Luljeta Krasniqi
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Luljeta Krasniqi

Jonida will destroy Katerinee…. Albania will ruin Greece

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

Dude….they aren’t even in the same semifinal….

Fotinikk
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Fotinikk

Relax mate

Elina
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Elina

Actually Albania can’t ruin any country according to their potitical-financial-economical situation in any field !

allex
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allex

YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN

Onar
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Onar

Jonida is a lovely and very talented person and I don’t think she wants to ‘destroy’ anyone. Some people need to tone down their racism and bias a little, it’s a music contest for crying out loud. Good luck to Albania and Jonida, your song is beautiful.

Bouke
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Bouke

This is magic

Andy
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Andy

I will be very curious to see how this will do with the juries. Greece has never been voted in the top 10 by them (please correct me if Im wrong) even in years with professional/decent performances. Also, just cause they are juries it doesn’t mean they will vote for something that is artistic or with a very good voice (see how much lower than expected Italy was with II Volo).

esc1234
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esc1234

they have never placed greece in top 10, sakis was 11th in juries, lukas in 2011 was 14th and 3rd (!) in the televoting!

Una
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Una

Katerine and Better Love are another league. Definitely exceptional.

Andreas
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Andreas

Juries never vote for Greece. Instead they support some countries every year, like Sweden……
Hope to see a change for once

Alex
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Alex

This is gonna be voted by juries , it’s so beautiful and stands out.

Nice outfits, very theatrical and i hope the TV camera shots will be amazing. They deserve it.

Paul
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Paul

There are so many ugly outfits this year!!

IVANOV
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IVANOV

True but very few van have the Sergey class.

Conchitaah
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Conchitaah

Yeah Ivanov, well no, this isn’t true.

Marios
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Marios

I think it will be this, The Netherlands or Italy for the trophy.

IVANOV
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IVANOV

lol none of them will be top 5.

anderson
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anderson

hahaha, netherlands not in top 5, lol

Albaniangirl
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Albaniangirl

Sorry Greece but very static performance… it is very dark the song is nothing special and unfortunately it will qualify

Marios
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Marios

unfortunately for you, it will also end up in top 5 at least

esc1234
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esc1234

you are ridiculing yourself. The staging was full of pink colour. Lets hope your country brings something apart from bad clothes (hello festivali i kenges)

Albaniangirl
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Albaniangirl

My country this year will slay!… we send a goddess with a song full of messages… we deserve to win!

esc1234
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esc1234

hahaha yianna terzi sends her kisses

Sarina
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Sarina

?? enough im really tired of Greek fans who insult others because they do not like our song. This is terrible. Sometimes i really ask myself if the majority of Greek fans who write on YouTube are 15 year old. You are really immature. As a Greek fan myself i feel really ashamed of you . Please respect other opinions. You give a very bad impression of greek people to European fans. Of course we are not all the Greek fans like that, actually most of as respect other opinions, but there many who don’t. We have a very big… Read more »

Komentator
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Komentator

Very positive*

Konstantinos
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Konstantinos

Why this hate for Greece from albania? I don’t get it… We are neighbors, we should support each other. We have nothing to separate. Keep it down because the fact is…that Greece’s song is WAY better than Albania’s this year.

Manuel Treill
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Manuel Treill

Excuse me but I am Greek and I have to say that posting your personal taste as a fact is just ridiculous, as well as the fact that you try to belittle other songs just to make Better Love seem like ‘the’ song of the year, I get that you’re a fan but this is a very sick way to show support to your entry.

Anna
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Anna

Unique artistic view. Her vocals were stunning and the whole concept really innovative !!!
Greece now is a potential winner (almost sure to win semi1) of the whole competition. In my opinion the BIG outsider after Holland and Italy (actually these three countries are the real competition).

Jennie2000
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Jennie2000

Although i am not a big fan of this song i think it is one of the songs whether you like it or not you will respect them

All Wei
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All Wei

So that would put them in the same category as iceland?

Ele
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Ele

It would be a disgrace for Katerina to bring her down to meet Hatari

Kosey
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Kosey

It might help if you spelled her name correctly – come on, it’s only 8 letters honey!

Stelios
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Stelios

Although is one of the few times that I am fan of my country’s song I like the way you express your opinion thank you

Marlene Jørgensen
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Marlene Jørgensen

Absolutely amazing!!

okio
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okio

I am only one who dont like this song?hmm

Elsa
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Elsa

I don’t like it either but I tolerate it. Much worse songs this year in Eurovision

IVANOV
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IVANOV

Yep like the cheating song.

Sarina
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Sarina

You are not the only one, also i don’t like the fact that some Greek fans are disrespectful to others. I am Greek by the way . See all the dislikes in your comment. These are all from Greek fans. Some of them need to grow up mentally .

Stelios
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Stelios

Just to mention that every opinion actually as a matter of taste is respected. Not everyone like the same things or even better understand something or feel it the same way. So yes many people like it and many people don’t. But the WAY a like or a dislike is expressed sometimes it is really bad and it is expressed in way with the intention to take a bad answer. Let’s relaxxxx and enjoy a music contest

Danny
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Danny

Yianna take notes please.

Jo.
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Jo.

So many faves to win this year, it will be funny to see the national juries trying to blank each other lmao

Jo.
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Jo.

S!sters gonna get all those 12 points…

Whisker
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Whisker

I can totally see that. it will be fun to watch!

Una
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Una

Yes, Whisker!!!! And the excuses after the show. LOL.

Idksmth
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Idksmth

A potential winner of this year’s ESC, no doubt. Amazing staging.

oli
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oli

Very beautiful staging and dresses, and her voice is on point. But in my opinion, this number lacks impact. I don’t see a winner here, rather a place 15-25th in the final.

Elsa
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Elsa

Agree. Menstrual pads commercial vibes

Ele
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Ele

Yeah like the chicken sounds and the cats waving last year was something that had impact..

Sarina
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Sarina

Ele ok you have to grow up and learn some manners. He just said his opinion

allex
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allex

Best rehearsal of Semi Final One. Jut amazing, this may have a shot of winning the whole thing. Well done Katerine and Greece

Daan
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Daan

Really cool act! Greece will q for sure now

NickC
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NickC

Athens 2020, anyone?

IVANOV
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IVANOV

The Olympics are not in Japan ?

Una
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Una

Yes, I think so. It’s very possible.

IVANOV
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IVANOV

+24 AHAHA, even the Duncan fanatics can’t compete with the Greeks delusionals here.

Marios
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Marios

Yeah Greeks and Dutch are delusional, not you commenting almost everywhere about Sergey’s certain victory and spreading hate about everything else

IVANOV
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IVANOV

Boring. Bring Sergey on !!

allex
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allex

Stop banging on about Sergey

IVANOV
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IVANOV

Tuesday is the day all the deluded Netherlands, Greece, Italy or any other else will cry seeing it’s #MOSCOW2020

Marios
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Marios

And that ladies and gentlemen is the person saying Dutch and Greek people delusional

Andreas
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Andreas

If Sergey didn’t win 3 years ago there’s no way he’s goinfre to win with a song which is levers lower than his last attempt. No matter how much money you put on the staging it doesn’t change the fact that the song is BOTING. And it’s a pity because Sergey is a nice guy

Meninm
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Meninm

Whose song lyrical content makes NO SENSE. All he has is a scream lol

allex
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allex

Shut up

Jo.
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Jo.

sergey is too shook to appear now

Andreas
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Andreas

Ivanov, you are one of the most immature person I saw by all comments. We love Sergey and we know what he can do on stage. We wait to see what he has to offer
And that’s the only reason he is so high by the odds. The song isn’t very exciting, nice one, but not great.

Vasileios
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Vasileios

It resembles a fountain, not an egg.

Kkar
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Kkar

They were talking about the balloon. It indeed looked like an egg

IVANOV
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IVANOV

A condom lol

Conchitaah
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Conchitaah

Yeah Ivanov, I am pretty sure Greece serves authenticity this year, in comparison to the same usual crap that Sergey does, so please take what you said back and sit down, thank you 🙂

Roberta
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Roberta

“A condom”! How very funny, Ivanov! I wish your parents had one of those back then!

Una
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Una

Absolutely gorgeous everything. Don’t know what else to say. Stunning all of it.

Davidesc
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Davidesc

The staging is as good as i had expected…. Love the costumes and the aesthetics so much and the vocals were on point… I think that Greece will be in the top 10 after 6 years and i am 90% sure that the top 3 of this semi is gonna be Iceland, Greece and Cyprus but i don’t know who’s gonna be the winne

Rimig
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Rimig

I would rather say Greece, Iceland and Australia…

Conchitaah
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Conchitaah

Same, I wouldn’t put Cyprus in my Top 3 for now, but in 4th

Irina
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Irina

I am getting winner vibes, even tho i was not a huge fan of this song in the first place, but Wow. Artistic, poetic, dreamy, like a fairytale! Top5 for sure!

Danieli
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Danieli

Greece is giving to Europe art lessons. Well done, this is so satisfying! The first winner vibes of 2019!

Conchitaah
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Conchitaah

PREACH

Berco
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Berco

I love the visuals, her voice, colors and the staging. But isn’t that high note unnecessarily long?

Yox
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Yox

Yes, it’s so annoying.

Elsa
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Elsa

It is to pretend she is a great vocalist

Roberta
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Roberta

Maybe you could pretend to be a great person. Or a normal person. Actually, just a person will do

Whisker
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Whisker

Let her go, she’s a sad one.

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I’m going to bet my money on Greece and I’ll be back in 5 minutes.

Berco
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Berco

You’d better be rich to spend blindly.

Conchitaah
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Conchitaah

Um Berco, I am pretty sure Greece’s performance deserves this. As there is EFFORT and TALENT put in it so

Hmm
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Hmm

She improved so much vocally from Amsterdam. I do find the staging a bit too simple and static for my tastes though, but seeing how everyone is thrilled by Greece’s performance, I guess it is me the problem and not the stage lol.

After watching all the rehearsals of semi-final 1, I believe Greece was the best and most probably winning semi-final one. But reading comments on youtube and this website gives the impression that Greece has already won Eurovision… I think Greece’s fans should chill down because, in my opinion, you are overreacting now.

Andy
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Andy

Static maybe, but simple? I think part of the overreaction, if any, is a form of relief following last year’s hype and subsequent staging flop. Now regarding the actual staging this year, it will come down to how the camera director captures it as there is a few things going on.

Minerva
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Minerva

Yeah, probably very relieved. Last year was a bummer as the song itself was so wonderful.

esc1234
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esc1234

the fact that greek fans are passionate doesnt affect the result. You can have your own opinion and let greek fans be enthusiastic. At the end of the day, their broadcaster messed up the previous years the staging or the song. Its the first time since 2013 they are on the right track

Andreas
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Andreas

We over react as always. It’s a bad habit
We have a potential to win but I don’t think that we will

Minerva
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Minerva

Wow! That is pure POETRY!

Denis
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Denis

This is how you combine being artistic with being mainstream! Good job!

Jo.
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Jo.

baby this is BANGING!!!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

This is so beautiful. What a wonderful surprise from Greece! Thank you so much to everyone who worked on this. 🙂

Loin dici
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Loin dici

I like all the flower aesthetics and how they persist on the music video theme, and Duska’s performance and presence was convincing. Will sail to the final comfortably.

However, don’t get me wrong, I love the performance, yet there might be a need for Duska to be careful in the bridge. The official rehearsal clip has shown her to hit the big note one key higher and personally the impression was less pleasant than expected, and chances are juries might be, sort of, critical.

nej
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nej

I heavily disagree. Less pleasant through a badly recorded backround sound video is pretty good by default. Moreover, its enough that she can sustain it.

spidey
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spidey

thats so unique and artistic by far , really suprised!

Rob
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Rob

I love so much this kind of staging with the props etc. Actually thats exactly what i want to see in eurovision. I was watching your livestreaming guys from the press center and i was smiling all the time during Greece’s performance.
Well done!!! My favourite so far!!!

Ezal
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Ezal

So much hype and we got bunch of flowers and dancers. It will qualify ofc, but I’m not a fan.

Sonam
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Sonam

No spaceship, yeah

Héctor
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Héctor

One word: impressive. Greece will slay with the jury voting (top 3-5 at the very least). Clearly contender for the win in SF1. I just hope the staging doesn’t feel “too much” with that flower/egg piece and the 5 backvocalist and dancers. My main worries were her live and the staging. I have no doubts with the first now. The second looks promising. Go Greece.

La Signora
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La Signora

Finally Greece has an amazing artist. I wish her the best

Polegend Godgarina
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pleasing both to the eyes and to the ears, THIS is the greece we’ve been missing since 2013. amazing job

Sonam
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Sonam

No pain, no gain

Tom
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Tom

High Level Aesthetic and WHAT A VOICE. Absolutely stunning and outstabding. Quality at it’s best. Good luck Greece. You deserve a top 3 in the final in my personal opinion.

Skiwalko
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Oh. My. God. Greece, you really want to grab all those 12 points, don’t ya? From the small bits I’ve seen it looks so good – stunning vocals, refreshing aesthetic of the video clip, gorgeous costumes and props. I’m so excited!