She’s the Greek pop star that’s long been on fan wish lists for Eurovision. And now, Josephine has rewarded her army of lovers and started a fire by releasing a Greek version of Azerbaijan’s 2021 entry — “Mata Hari”. And that’s not all, she also dueted with Efendi herself at the Mad Video Music Awards.
Josephine — “Mata Hari” Greek Version
The official press release from Panik Records describes Josephine’s interpretation of the Rotterdam bop as “explosive” and “unique”. The statement excitedly proclaims that the blonde songstress “seduces us as only she knows, in pop and ethnic rhythms”. She certainly captures the spirit of the number, checking all the boxes — mesmerising, fire and desire.
However, we don’t get to hear the lyrics as we know them. That’s because Josephine has reworked the song into Greek. Nonetheless, the iconic “Ma-Ma-Ma-Mata Hari” refrain remains the same in any language.
Josephine and Efendi — “Mata Hari” duet at the Mad Video Music Awards 2021
As we’ve previously reported, the recent Mad Video Music Awards 2021 were packed with Greek and Cypriot star power. Eleni Foureira, Stefania, Elena Tsagarinou and Katerine Duska were just some of the many familiar faces who performed. Josephine took the opportunity to debut her take on “Mata Hari” at the awards bash. And she made it extra special by bringing Azerbaijan’s Efendi along with her.
The duo performed a mashup of both versions. The Eurovision 2021 finalist starts things off with the original cut. Then Josephine chimes in with her Greek lines. They sing the chorus in unison. Their choreography is very much inspired by Efendi’s Eurovision performance — there are lots of the same hand and body movements. However, the wardrobe is more party. Efendi has ditched the shoulder pads in favour of a sparkling silver dress with lots of fringe — a style which was very much in vogue back in May!
Is Josephine a future Eurovision star?
Those with good memories will recall that Josephine has already tried out for Eurovision. In 2014 she competed in Greece’s Eurosong 2014 – a MAD show. Her entry was a collaboration with Mark Angelo called “Dancing Night”. Alas, they finished fourth in the four-song final. Instead, Freaky Fortune and RiskyKidd went to Copenhagen with “Rise Up”. That was arguably Josephine’s first brush with fame. And she hasn’t looked back since then. She now boasts a back catalogue that features six top 20 hits, including a number one.
Now that she’s more established, could Eurovision be back on the cards for Josephine? If history is anything to go by, the possibility is very real. Plenty of artists from the Panik Records’ stable have gone to the contest, including Elena Tsagarinou this year. Notably, many have entered after performing Eurovision covers at MAD events. Eleni Foureira reimagined Israel’s “Golden Boy” in 2015 and three years later she brought the “Fuego” to Lisbon. In 2016, Demy dueted with Bulgaria’s Poli Genova on “If Love Was A Crime”. She was in Kyiv less than 12 months later. Tamta also went to Eurovision in 2019 after singing “Lie To Me” with Mikolas Josef at the 2018 MAD VMAs.
What do you think of Josephine’s “Mata Hari” cover? Should we expect to see her representing Greece or Cyprus in the years ahead? Let us know below.