Okay, let’s get the jokes out of the way: Greece’s new austerity measures are striking all levels of Greek society. Why else would today’s national final be held in a mall? Why else would all the performers, including guests Sofi Marinova, Ivi Adamou, and Anggun, be lip synching rather than singing live? (On second thought, don’t answer that.) Why else would the back-up dancers for winner Eleftheria Eleftheriou show up in outfits they just picked up at H&M?
That was “Aphrodisiac,” which at first glance does not qualify as one of Greece’s more memorable entries. It’s catchy in an annoying way, and it’s as substantial as cotton candy. Eleftheriou is lovely, but she has a thin, reedy voice. Since she wasn’t performing live, it’s hard to tell just how good a performer she really is.
But, of course, there is that caveat you get with any Greek entry: don’t judge it till you see how they stage it. We absolutely hated last year’s entry from Lukas Yiorkas and Professor Stereo Mike. Then we saw what they did with it in Dusseldorf and gosh darn it if it wasn’t one of our favorite performances of the Final. As Jen said, “Note to self: if I’m ever involved with Eurovision I want the Greek organizers on my team.”
So, the only time you can really judge a Greek entry is after seeing what they do in the rehearsals. They always seem to pull it off. Goodness knows, given the sparseness of Elftheriou’s performance tonight, they have pretty much a blank canvas to start with.