ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Greece


It has become customary for the editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and moving onto number #13, we catch up with Greece (NERIT) who will be represented by Freaky Fortune featuring RiskyKidd with the song Rise Up written by Freaky Fortune and RiskyKidd.

Freaky Fortune are Nikolas Raptakis and Theofilos Pouzbouris. Both 23 years old, both studied music since their early years. Theofilos plays the guitar and piano and owns a degree on theoretical music studies and music history, while Nikolas still takes vocal coaching lessons in the National Greek School of Music and composes with Theofilos all their songs. Their breakthrough in the global Internet community was a cover on the Perez Hilton’s cover competition. Freaky Fortune Part Of Me (Katy Perry cover) was announced as a brilliant work by the Greek duo and the most “deadly” blogger on earth, Perez Hilton launched their fame across the music industry.

After their first success, in 2011, Freaky Fortune released three top-chart singles with top Greek artists. RiskyKidd is a 19 years old rapper, born and raised in London, by his Jamaican mother and German father. His actual name is Shane Schuller. As growing up in a multicultural environment with many and different music influences and experimental beats, RiskyKidd developed, since his high school years, his unique way of expressing in music, lyrics and rap. The past four years he is a Greek resident and his name got well known after his co-operation with Playmen and Helena Paparizou (Greek Eurovision Winner 2005) in the international hit All Time.

Freaky Fortune and RiskyKidd teamed up when Rise Up was still on the composing process. Their creative combination heightened the outcome and Rise Up was born! Freaky Fortune, Theofilos and Nikolas, both composed and wrote the lyrics in Rise Up and RiskyKidd wrote the rap parts. Rise Up is filled up with youth’s energy and the Greek participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 is full of positive energy. The urge to rise up above all difficulties and jump out of what keeps us down, the need to pass all over Europe the Greek spirit of never giving up, is all over this dance song!

Greece, one of the most successful countries to partake in the Eurovision Song Contest since the millennium with one victory, coming back in 2005 at the hands of Helena Paparizou and the song My Number One, and a series of top ten results, which was officially ended back in 2012 as Eleftheria Eleftheriou performed the song Aphrodisiac which accumulated sixty-four points to finish in a disappointing seventeenth place. Since then though, Greece have returned to their top ten form, with Koza Mostra managing a sixth place result in Malmo, Sweden.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 64%

Greig Watts: Interesting old feeling start, and boom into a dance record! Builds nicely, so chorus????? Oh it’s a riff, bit disappointed, but its memorable, so lets go with it, actually enjoying its party feel, sure this one will qualify, although has Greek done enough to appeal to its traditional voters. Can definitely hear this song in the charts, and it’s a modernish song full of hooks rather than the verse, bridge, chorus format., I wish it exploded a bit more, but good potential.

Joseph Zammit: And there goes my good mood. If Greece’s plan this year was to put up a Summer hit to be constantly played in the clubs throughout the whole season, they certainly achieved their goal with this song, and believe you me, they went all out. This song has all the ingredients to create a long lasting dance song to be played at beach parties as inebriated teenagers dance wildly and throw up all over the place. Its got the upbeat, the baseline, a high pitched whistle and the ever essential repetitive horn tune.

Personally it is not my taste, however, I know that I’ll be hearing a lot more of this song, so part of me feels I’d better grow to like it, at least a bit, or otherwise it’ll haunt me throughout summer. God knows it’s going to take a while for that tune to get out of my head now.

Sharon Vaughn: This must be a big hit in Greek dance clubs already.

John Scott: Very catchy. Not as unique as some entries, but the hook stays in your head. 



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