He’s a 16-year-old singer with big ambitions and a ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool. And now Greece’s Victor Vernicos has shown the world what he’s got to offer with the publication of his music video for “What They Say.”
According to Victor’s label Panik Records, the song celebrates the younger generation “who dare to dream and create despite difficulties.” The song, and the accompanying video, are meant to encourage folks to share their feelings. Engaging with your emotions, good or bad, makes you stronger.
Of course, it’s not always an easy road. As Victor sings in the song, which he wrote himself, “I hate my feelings, I’m overwhelmed and heated…wish this was something I could ignore.”
The song is at once radio-friendly but has alternative flair.
It opens with pared back, confessional verses. We see Victor channeling angst, anger and frustration on the sofa, saying that he’d rather “ignore” all the turmoil. But a minute in the beat picks up, adding an undertone of optimism as Victor continues to work through his feelings.
The rain falls, eventually flooding the studio, and Victor shows his ability to move. The dancing doesn’t feel rehearsed and over choreographed, but somehow natural and easy. This suggests he is a natural mover.
The song builds continuously and the final minute is particularly dynamic. We move from pulsating electronic rhythms to a slowed down, almost anthemic bridge, before Victor takes us out on a note of defeat or perhaps just exhaustion. It’s fresh and delivered with feeling — pop that doesn’t feel disposable.
Greece will compete in Semi-Final 2 on Thursday, May 11.
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