Live: Greece decides!

Tonight Greece will decide which artist makes the trek to Copenhagen in just a couple months. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the country’s participation in the contest and a special show is in store with EuroSong 2014 A Mad Show.

Four contestants have been chosen and will sing for the victory.

A 50/50 combination of jury and televote will decide upon the winner, who will represent Greece in the Second Semi-Final held on the 8th of May.

Because of the anniversary, special guests include: Elpida (1979) and Tamta, Sofia Vossou (1991) and Demy, Kaiti Garbi (1993) and Vegas, Kalomira (2008) and Claydee, and also Pascalis, Marianna, Robert and Bessy (1977) and Melisses; and of course last year’s entrants – Koza Mostra featuring Agathon lakovidis.

Watch the show via Eurovision.tv at 20:00 CET and stick around with us for commentary!

The Participants follow:

  1. Crystallia – Petalouda Stin Athina
  2. Freaky Fortune featuring Riskykidd – Rise Up
  3. Kostas Martakis – Kanenas De Me Stamata
  4. Mark Angelo featuring Josephine – Dancing Night

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Good evening Europe! We’re live with Greece right now, so sit back and enjoy the show – it’s the 40th anniversary!

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Straight into the celebration with host Despina Vandi opening the show with a very classic Mediterranean tune and now co-host Giorgos Kapoutzidis has joined her for a short medley of other numbers, including a rendition of the hit My Number One.

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The hosts give a quick message in English(!) thanking everyone for watching this evening and asking for support later in Copenhagen – “especially since Cyprus is not participating this year”.

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The jury members tonight are: Dimitris Kontopoulos (composer), Elpida (singer and former Greek entrant), Themis Georgantas (Tv host and radio producer), Areti Kalesaki and Reggina Kouri.

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Before we get to the contestants Kalomira (2008) and Claydee first takes the stage with Secret Combination to amp up the energy!

Followed by a rather long commercial-break – not very effective.

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We are back, but welcomed with another guest performance. I missed the name when they were presented, but I’m thinking it must be Robert and Bessy (1977) and Melisses, as it’s an older entry.

It looks like Greece has decided to give first dibs on stage to their interval acts, this evening. Singing Anixi now is Sofia Vossou (1991). Between each of these acts are summary clips from every year Greece has participated in Eurovision. Since we’ve now caught up to 2013, I can’t imagine we’re far off from hearing the real contenders tonight!

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A strange mash-up remix of two songs: the first a DJ, rapper, and a girl with frizzed-out orange hair. The second alternates with a tall woman in a green dress with a pack of men surrounding her. Someone on Twitter asks “why is Nicki Minaj in Greece?” And well, we’re really not sure! In truth, we’re thinking it was Vegas and Demy.

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Tamta is up next with a euroclub sounding number, Superstar, perhaps is the name – after all it’s the bulk of the chorus, so why not? Midway through Elpida (1979) joins her and they cap out the song.

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And now – MORE adds! Seriously, this time, there should be around 3 more guests to perform after the break. Stay with us!

Oatmeal, crackers, and Fanta are the popular topics here; a couple car commercials and some unidentifiable Greek adds. But everything has a happy jingle, so it’s not a total loss – right?

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We are back once more to show. And our first real contender of the night Crystallia is up – it’s show-time, people!

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1. Crystallia – Petalouda Stin Athina

The stage opens to a blue backdrop with a cloud floating casually across the screen. Crystallia is surrounded by four violinists, everyone in white. Her voice is powerful and she holds all the high notes with a surprising conviction. The melody itself is a bit flat: tradition Greek strings for the intro and intervals, and a repetitive chorus. Despite that, however, as the first *real* singer in the competition, she opened with finesse.

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2. Freaky Fortune featuring Riskykidd – Rise Up

More strong Mediterranean intonation met with a smidge of rapping before the song full-out bursts. This would be the Eurculb entry, for sure. The energy could be higher; but the beat is made for dancing and quite typical for the country. The variation between the rapping and singing is balanced, as is the mix of horns and dance-beat. They’ve at least got some of the younger audience members on their feet jumping with their hands in the air. Rise Up – I guess it’s successful.

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3. Kostas Martakis – Kanenas De Me Stamata

A rock song! Somewhat. This number is very guitar driven, and what would it be without at least two trumpets on stage? Not sure if the two sounds compliment one another to an extreme, Kostas Martakis leaves a lot of open space on stage, which makes him rather stand out in his grey/white suit against an otherwise black & red setting. The vocals are not bad, but not spectacular. It seems to be a (slightly above) average entry. We’ll see how he does.

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4. Mark Angelo featuring Josephine – Dancing Night

Another attempt at a Euroclub hit, but the vocals need drastic work if it were to win. The core of a dance song is roughly there, as the four dancers on stage demonstrate, but Josephine is far, far off key. On the outside, this performance seems to have what Greece would typically set their eyes one. On the inside, again, it’s a weak attempt. But who knows? The voting might surprise us. And now, one of these four will win momentarily!

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Recaps. Telephone numbers. Now go!

We’ll finish up with results when they come in.

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First interval: last year’s Alcohol is Free by Koza Mostra featuring Agathon lakovidis!

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Televoting is still going, while the Greek tv is playing a quick recap of chosen entries in other countries. Results are coming closer and closer!

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Greek people sure love their interval acts. Another one coming by: Despina Vandi, followed by a medley of former Greek Eurovision songs.

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Voting time is over… RESULTS after the commercial break!

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After a never ending commercial break, some videos from Firelight and Helena Paparizou, it seems as though we are finally, finally, finally getting to what we are all waiting for…

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The winner is… FREAKY FORTUNE & RISKYKIDD!

Please stay tuned on ESC Daily for more info about the winners! This will be in a separate article though. For here, we say: goodnight.