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Shat It Out
This isn't a demo-delighting song for the Balkan region or even the Greek diaspora.
Greece has officially presented Katerine Duska and her song, Better Love, as their entry for Eurovision 2019.
This is quite a decent return for Greece having failed to qualify twice in the last five years and finishing around 20th in the final for three of those years. Katerine has brought a cracking contemporary radio track to semi-final 1, which to me was beginning to look like a complete write-off.
Let’s be realistic though, Better Love is a Florence + the Machine influenced song that fails to get out of third gear. The refrain hits, but it loses its impact in the transition to the verses and middle-eight. The outro relies too heavily on the strength of the refrain without developing and building into the sort of rousing Shake It Out climax. Shake It Out is over 4-minutes long and it entertains and grips for every second. Better Love feels underproduced in comparison; a derivative concept looped to sound credible.
In this year’s Eurovision lineup the Greek song will have an air of credibility, especially in semi-final 1. The problem for Greece, in my opinion, is that this isn’t a demo-delighting song for the Balkan region or even the Greek diaspora. Look at the nations where Shake It Out charted or the nations that Florence + the Machine are touring – it doesn’t make for great reading. Also add in that Katerine is literally unknown in Greece.
This song will appeal to the few western leaning nations in semi-final 1. The challenge for Greece is to convince the others to pick up the phone by creating a distinctive stage concept.