Fans of Greek mythology were given a special treat during Stefania‘s Eurovision 2021 music video for “Last Dance”. In one of the most memorable moments of the video, Greece’s star jumps off a building and onto a black Pegasus. Later, she encounters Atlas with the world in his hands. Now, despite rumours swirling in Dutch media and beyond, Stefania has confirmed to Wiwibloggs that her stage show will NOT feature a winged horse, created from the blood of Medusa, or the Titan condemned to hold up the heavens.
Greece’s Stefania confirms there will not be a Pegasus in Eurovision 2021 staging
Stefania spoke with me on Tuesday from ERT studios in Athens, where she’s currently rehearsing with her dancers.
The 18-year-old — who is this year’s youngest contestant — has a clear perspective on “Last Dance” and its meaning. “If something ends, something new starts,” she says. “There is never an end. If you have a bad dream you can make it your own fantasy. It’s what you see in the video….I turn my dream into one of my best dreams ever.” And in that dream we see the teen star jump off a building before landing on her Pegasus. The director had her film it several times to get it just right: “Kostas said, ‘Sweetie you have to jump and you have to make it beautiful — the jump of your dreams!”
Among other things, Stefania says she can’t choose between her two Eurovision entries, which she describes as her “dream songs”. She loves the ethnic vibe of “Superg!rl”, and the “80s vibes” and “Dua Lipa style” of “Last Dance”.
Stefania also adores the songwriter behind them — Dimitris Kontopoulos. “He has a lot of ideas — every time we are in the studio he has an idea….He really knows me as a person, so that’s making it really easy to work with each other.” Apparently he also helps her with her Greek.
And what of stage director Fokas Evangelinos? “He inspires me…he is a really open person,” she says, noting that he’s encouraging her to make the most of her Eurovision moment.
Stefania also discusses her excitement and surprise over the betting odds, her stage outfit from noted designer Vrettos Vrettakos (“It’s like a dream outfit for me”), her Dutch-Greek identity and her love of Greece.
“They are so kind, so open,” she says of the people she’s met. “The vibe here is so nice….maybe I will live here. I am obsessed with Greece, I am obsessed with Athens!”
At times she has to pinch herself to believe it’s all real. “I have a career in Greece,” she says. “This was my dream. Last night I was crying because this is my dream. People in Greece know me.”
Are you loving her warm vibe and infectious laugh as much as we are? What do you hope to see on the Eurovision stage? Let us know in the comments box down below!