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Eurovision 2010: Greece

April 18, 2010

Once again, Greek offers a dull and nauseatingly repetitive song with a tub-thumping beat.

I’m convinced singer Giorgos Alkaios will be accompanied on stage by some sweaty dancers, heavily booted with predictable pyrotechnics to mask the dull act as Greece is relying upon for it’s place in the Eurovision final on Saturday 29 May.

The song ‘OPA’ is sung by Giorgos Alkaios and ‘Friends’ (‘Friends’ a reference – I’m presuming – to the record label Alkaios now runs).

Signed up to Sony Music Greece for five years, Alkaios is no stranger to the entertainment industry, but one wonders whether his subsequent signing to two different labels (Alpha and Virus) before setting up his own label ‘Friends Music Factory’ suggests his selling power has diminished since his Sony days.

The promotional video does little to grip attention. The first minute and a half is nothing short of an overblown prelude. The effect is spectacularly annoying, especially given how when the song finally kicks in properly, the pay off is of little consequence. Those brief moments of gameplay soundtracks might be appealing mid-verse, but really there’s nothing here to make me want to dial the number or lobby anyone else to dial it either.

He might also want to make sure he stays dressed in black throughout the stage performances. That might sound bitchy on my part. And maybe it is in a way. The problem is simple however: If his dancers have better physiques than he does (and this is most obvious in the sequences in the promo video where he’s wearing white) then he’s going to be upstaged quite terribly. You might think this is shallow, but believe me. I can hear the comments of my friends passing judgement when they see the act for the first time on TV. They’re even more judgemental than I am.

I don’t think Eurovision will be in Greece next year.

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3 Comments
  1. Now, I actually *do* like the song – or rather did when I first came across the competition version on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7GKc3uIblc&playnext_from=TL&videos=AafL7nl6cRE)

    I liked the ordinary blokiness of it; the fun they clearly seemed to be having, and the fact that Greece seemed to be turning its back on the grotesque overt cheesy sexuality and disco of previous years – it seemed to herald a return to engaging with traditional Greek folk culture in an interesting contemporary way.

    How wrong I was. As you note above, the promotional video just completely slaughters whatever the song had going for it. The blokiness has been replaced with cheap (and laughable) sex and George seems to have lost all authenticity along with his original friends.

    • Having watched that clip, I can see what you mean. The simpler presentation – more blokier version – makes for a far more engaging song.

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