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Greece: Demi – This Is Love

With three songs composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos, it was the Greek public's job to select the right song for Demi to perform in Kyiv. The upbeat This Is Love was the clear winner and will now compete to qualify from the second half of semi-final 1 in May. This is another excellent example of why you should never trust the public to pick a Eurovision song, or why you should add a cheesy, dance-floor banger to a 3-song selection when it's not your preferred song. The early ballad opening is fantastic, but the transition to chav-dance track is so dated.…
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This is another excellent example of why you should never trust the public to pick a Eurovision song.

User Rating: 4.05 ( 89 votes)

With three songs composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos, it was the Greek public’s job to select the right song for Demi to perform in Kyiv.

The upbeat This Is Love was the clear winner and will now compete to qualify from the second half of semi-final 1 in May.

This is another excellent example of why you should never trust the public to pick a Eurovision song, or why you should add a cheesy, dance-floor banger to a 3-song selection when it’s not your preferred song.

The early ballad opening is fantastic, but the transition to chav-dance track is so dated. I’m not sure Cascada would release this! The upward scale pre-chorus is nice, but the best bit is the: “watch the sunset in the sky, there will never be goodbye.” There’s come nice chord progression through that segment and it’s a shame they couldn’t build the song around that, rather than giving up and succumbing to the lazy dance beat.

With Fokas on board, there will no doubt be some sort of dazzling staging gimmick, which should see Greece back in the final. And as Greeks voted so heavily for this song, a huge diaspora turnout can’t be discounted in the final. With this sort of song, my instinct would be to oppose top-10, yet with the jury and televotes separated, it hard to make a case for them not landing a top-10 with the standard being so low. Kontopoulos and Fokas haven’t failed to hit the top-10 whenever they’ve worked together and that record has to be respected.

It’s another one to watch until we get to Kyiv!

Will Greece make a return to the top-10?

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16 comments

  1. I agree 100% with all your stars, I thing she will end up at 11-15 in the final.

  2. I do think this getting matched @50+ is a little generous considering the potential it has as a visual display.

    • But the juries will be marking the song. Had it been “When the Morning Comes Around” 50/1 would have been value. Now I think around 70s is more realistic.

      • It isnt worth betting not even for 1000/1 the chorus of the song got improved but its still terrible, without Fokas I am not sure if she would qualify to the final.

  3. Very dissapointed with Greece. This is one of Kontopoulos’ weakest songs, apart of course from the other two in the national final. The verses are fine, it’s just that cheap and generic as hell chorus.

    The positives; Demy is good and votable enough if styled right, Fokas can stage this well and Greece have a fair amount of diaspora and regional support. It is a certain qualifier and in a weak year can reach the top 10. If this draws second half and gets a late slot it could make it to sixth or seventh at the very best depending on just how poor this year turns out and how well it’s staged. If Australia dissapoint tomorrow the market will probably push Italy under 3.

  4. Not one of Greece’s best song’s but because we haven’t got any real clear top 10’s outside of Italy I’d say with its endless diaspora Greece should be confident of a top 10.

  5. I dont think juries will hate this. She seems very jury friendly and if the staging isnt cheap as hell it will be elevated. Still, shes not touching the top 6

  6. Are we sure that Siegel didn’t have a co-write in this?

  7. Come back Eleftheria Eleftheriou please.What a rancid melody.It sounds like it was wrote on a Commodore 64.Im actually shocked that Demi didnt demand something much better than this.The only saving grace might be the fact Demi can sing,so a strong staging can be expected.
    #thisispants

  8. I looooooove it!!!!!! 💞

  9. This is Love starts as a ballad and then turns into a club anthem with a slightly dodgy chorus. It all sounds very contrived and I’m not sure that sort of club anthem sound goes down to well at Eurovision any more. I’m also not sure juries will appreciate the mid song style change.

    On the other hand, it’s (mainly) uptempo, its Greece so it should be staged well, its Greece so it should benefit from the support of friends.

    For those reasons although a poor(ish) song, in a poor year it will probably qualify. However, I don’t see this as top 10 material.

  10. I like the pre-chorus and the disco-orchestral bridge, on the other hand, the chorus is very uninspired and plastic.

    The videoclip has not been uploaded on eurovision channel, I guess they are going to revamp it.

  11. Final version with minor changes:

  12. Demy on the staging: Fokas Evaggelinos is preparing something very romantic for the staging of This is love. The interviewer asked her if she’s going to be dancing with dancers on stage and she said that there will be dancing, but not in the usual form, it will be something ” really inspired ”

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