Five acts made it to the final of Greece’s internal selection for Eurovision 2022. But now there’s just one woman left standing. Amanda Tenfjord will represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest in Torino.
The 24-year-old, who is studying to be a doctor, won the highly competitive selection process over Good Job Nicky, Ilias Kozas, Joanna Drigo and LOU IS. Stefania, the country’s Eurovision 2021 singer, made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon on ERT.
Amanda — real name Amanda Georgiadis — is half Norwegian and half Greek. She mixes modern pop, folk, electronic and ambient in magical ways, delivering something distinctly polished with Nordic flair. You can hear that clearly on her debut EP First Impression, which showcases her raw talent in a beautiful way.
Until recently she was more focused on her medical studies than music.
Her web site explains a bit more: “While studying medicine, she continued to write music and enter music contests, and it was for fun that she decided to sign up for a showcase festival in Trondheim, where she caught the eye of a record label and, just like that, she was signed.”
Fans of the 2020 Netflix series Spinning Out may recognise her song “Troubled Water.” It showcases Amanda’s glorious voice, which can carry feelings like self-doubt and vulnerability just as well as hope and joy. It was the perfect fit for a show about a figure skating Olympic hopeful struggling to balance love, family and fragile mental health.
Amanda’s most-streamed song on Spotify is “Then I Fell In Love”, which has racked up more than 1.5 million views.
The stripped-back number demonstrates how Amanda can dazzle and wow without screaming or searching for a Mariah moment.
The song tells the story of a woman unexpectedly falling for someone and being unable to extricate herself from it all. The fragility in her voice fits the emotions perfectly. When she sings “I can’t get out” you just want to give her your hand and pull.
Amanda dropped her latest single on November 12. “Promises” is a collaboration with fellow Norwegian singer-songwriter Thomas Dybdahl. It shows her ongoing evolution as an artist. Here she plays with more electronic sounds and goes for something decidedly contemporary.
Which song from Amanda’s discography most lights your fire? Do you hope she’ll perform a modern Scandi-noir ballad? Or would you prefer something up beat and in your face? Let us know in the comments box below!