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Greece: Yianna Terzi – Oneiro Mou

The 'will they or won't they hold a national final' saga is over with the announcement of Yianna Terzi, and the song, Oneiro Mou. Yianna will perform in the second half of semi-final 1. Oneiro Mou is certainly a step forward for Greece. It sees them go back to basics with a pleasing, ethno folk-ballad which should get their diaspora back on board. If Salvador's victory gave us one thing last year, it's inspiring more nations to dump the plastic pop and return to authentic, national identity songs. We all need pop in our lives, but the last two years have…
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Dreamy

Doing well may involve qualifying and reaching the left-hand-side of the scoreboard

User Rating: 4.2 ( 46 votes)

The ‘will they or won’t they hold a national final’ saga is over with the announcement of Yianna Terzi, and the song, Oneiro Mou.

Yianna will perform in the second half of semi-final 1.

Oneiro Mou is certainly a step forward for Greece. It sees them go back to basics with a pleasing, ethno folk-ballad which should get their diaspora back on board. If Salvador’s victory gave us one thing last year, it’s inspiring more nations to dump the plastic pop and return to authentic, national identity songs. We all need pop in our lives, but the last two years have been torture.

This isn’t going to set the scoreboard alight; however, if staged sympathetically with some dramatic, interpretative dance, Greece are capable of surprising here. Feedback has been muted on Greek fan pages, so ‘doing well’ may involve qualifying and reaching the left-hand-side of the scoreboard. For now, though, it’s best to see what else is selected, as semi-final 1 is starting to look dicey.

  • Appeals to diaspora in a friendly semi-final
  • Authentic, so should attract some jury support
  • Good vocalist
  • Needs excellent staging to avoid being the toilet break song
  • Lacks a ‘moment’ so again needs strong staging

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9 comments

  1. Best greek entry since 2013?

  2. I m afraid that her vocals will be attrocious.

  3. Potential here. Good, interesting song that can appeal to the diaspora and gather some Balkan votes too. Agree with this being very staging dependant, the long instrumental with no vocals could be difficult to maneuver, but if they get it right this should qualify and could get into the top ten.

  4. This was a very pleasant initial listen and I’m not usually a fan of Greek ESC songs. The song does run out of steam a little bit in the last minute. I see staging potential here (Aquatic theme?). The question is whether she can sing it live.

    Like Gav I can see this garnering lots of votes from Greece’s traditional allies. So, provided she can sing, I see this as a definite qualifier. I don’t know whether it’s got enough to make top 10 though.

  5. The beginning of the song sounds good and ethnically, but by the end the song becomes overloaded. It just makes you tired.

  6. I think this will really appeal to diaspora and juries, this along with a 2nd half draw in a semi that doesn’t appear to have anything great outside of Czech Republic based on songs we have heard in NF’s so far and indeed songs picked I think this is pretty much a lock to qualify probably top 5 if the performance is good but in the final when it will have a much bigger audience to impress plus more competition from semi 2 and of course the big 5 and Portugal I think this just doesn’t have enough impact to stand out and I think a faith similar to Greece 2015 is likely.

  7. respect !!
    very strong song really
    feel the pain in this song
    smart lyrics

  8. This is my favourite so far. Atmospheric, accessible, modern, bucketloads of national aesthetic, the sort of music that got me into the contest and got me into travelling more and learning about culture.

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