Yianna Terzi came on to rehearse her song Onerio Mou and if there’s on thing that can be said, it is this entry couldn’t be anything else but Greece – with all the elements that usually go into the Greek entry
Greece is competing in the first semi-final as start number 14. The country is represented by Yianna Terzi and her song Oneiro Mou (My dream), which is written by Terzi herself along with Aris Kalimeris, Dimitris Stamatiou and Mihalis Papathanasiou.
- 1 First Rehearsal
- 2 How Yianna Terzi was chosen
- 3 Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest
Yianna is dressed in a long draping Greek style white dress, with a flowing scarf like feature around her arms. Vocally she is totally in tune producing very effortless powerful notes. She doesn’t move around much as the spotlight beams down from above her head. The pan pipe and drum introduction is very strong, as is the unseen backing vocalists. Yianna appears to prefer to be alone on stage. This is very reminiscent of Greece 1992.
The stage is awash with blue and spotlights shine of and on in the background. There is very little movement but after the instrumental break, Yianna raises her hand to show of the scarf like accessory and then drops to her knees without touching the ground, for a last chorus. She should be happy with these rehearsals. Oh and the wind machine was put to good use.
The last rehearsal saw the used of more yellow lights in the back ground before the screen changed to the press conference of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, so any other effects that she uses were not seen.
How Yianna Terzi was chosen
Greece had everything lined up for a national final. Five record companies had submitted each their entry, the songs were released and the broadcaster was putting the final touches on the final… but then followed a scandal where first two entries were removed from the line-up as they didn’t provide the ethnic Greek sound broadcaster ERT were looking for. Later, two more entries were officially disqualified for not being able to provide the financial guarantee that they were able to pay for the Eurovision participation. It didn’t help that the record companies behind those entries claimed that they were never informed about the money.
With Yianni Terzi as the only act left for the national final, she was chosen with no competition.
Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest
One victory, and ten times in top 10 after the country returned to the contest in 2001 following a three years absence. In newer years things have overall been good for Greece, which had a perfect strike in terms of qualifying for the final – up until 2016. Argo’s Utopian Land finished 16th in its semi-final and as thus, weren’t near making it.
The bad placement from Argo is however not the only thing which indicates that Greece are in need to improve. Their last top 10 result came in 2013 where they claimed Alcohol Is Free. Since that time, the best result earned is a 19th place in the final.
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