Greece: Maria-Elena Kyriakou

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It’s impossible to feel anything except the fact that Maria-Elena might be taking the titular emphasis of her song just a bit too far. Affected and, well, breathy, could this break the stellar Greek track record? The country hasn’t missed a place in the final since the semis were introduced in 2005, and there certainly won’t be any Risky trampolining in this doubtless-static performance. Its one-note crescendo actually makes the amped up final verse mildly shocking in what is otherwise a bit of a snoozefest.

 

Credit: Sophia Dranidou, MARIA ELENA KYRIAKOU


 

 

All Kinds of Everything: interview with Maria-Elena


Who is your favourite Eurovision act of all time?

It’s Euphoria by Loreen. It was an entry that highlighted the fact that a single act on stage combined with great vocals can be a winning recipe. Besides that it’s a fun, catchy and entertaining song that makes me happy whenever I listen to it.

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WINNER: Babushki hands down!

They were so adorable. I totally expected them to do that well in the Contest. Lordi on the other hand is a very talented group but in a genre that is most definitely not my cup of tea.

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WINNER: Céline Dion

That’s an easy duel! Céline Dion by a landslide. Actually getting to meet Céline Dion is one of my biggest dreams. She is my favourite singer and also a huge inspiration for my career.

What does the general public in Greece think of Eurovision?

Eurovision in Greece is the biggest annual television event that attracts over 60 per cent ratings every year. It’s been a popular tradition since 2001, so in general I could say that Greeks are obsessed with Eurovision.

Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

Before any major event that’s going to take place I visit a church nearby. I find that praying for a couple of minutes alone is both helpful and relaxing for me.

How do you normally watch the Eurovision Song Contest?

First of all I have been watching the show every year since I was a little girl. Usually I invite my family and my friends home for a pizza night where we do our own predictions and have fun. Last year was an exception. At that period I was still competing in The Voice of Greece so I watched the show alone in a hotel in Athens!

 

 

Hello Europe, it’s Camilla calling! Here are the points from the House of Apcar vote.

Greece: 2 points.

According to my own personal preference, I have awarded points to all 40 acts entering this year’s contest, with four countries receiving each set of points used by the EBU (12, 10, and 8-1).