Greece: Reviewing the song 'Aphrodisiac'Written by Marc Calleja Bayliss
Two reviews have been noted down in the preparation of seeing, and checking out all of the entries in the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in a region which might not even be European at times, that is Baku in Azerbaijan. Nevertheless, the third slot of the running order has been granted to none other than the country with one of the most successful records since the millennium and that is of course Greece. Low budgeting profiles have been a case in point this year and with the nation being politically tormented in recent months, it was a great show by Universal Music Greece to step in and host a national final which in the end was won by Eleftheria Eleftheriou who will be performing the track Aphrodisiac co-written between Dimitri Stassos, Mikaela Stenström and Dajana Lööf.
Eleftheria Eleftheriou was born on the 12th of May 1989, in Paralimni, Cyprus. Since childhood she had a great passion with music. Her one and only dream was to become a singer. In addition she loves also painting, dancing and playing sports. In her school years she took piano and music theory lessons.At the age of 15 she started phonetic lessons. At the age of 16, she became soloist in the national folk orchestra of RIK broadcasting corporation, in Cyprus. She participated also in various music contests. When she graduated from high school, she started her Music and Performance studies, in the University of Surrey in London.
She became popular from her participation in the talent show X-Factor 2, in 2010, where although she was not the winner, she definitely made a great impression to everyone. Right after the show, she collaborated with Sakis Rouvas, singing together in his live performances. The same year she started singing with one of the famous Greek singers, Nikos Vertis. Together, they also toured abroad, in Europe and Australia. In 2010 she released her first personal single Tables Are Turning, while in April 2011, she did the vocals in the huge hit single of Housetwins, Never. In the autumn 2011, she initiated her cooperation with Universal Music, getting ready to make a big step in her career. She is totally obsessed with Eurovision Song Contest and she keeps her body, voice and soul…ready to go on stage of the Baku Crystal Hall Arena.
The Critics Voice Their Opinion
Jan Van Dijck
- A typical Greek Eurovision pop song “made in Sweden”! Very much in the style of “( I Would) Die For You”, “My Numer One” and “ Yassou Maria” Therefor the song doesn’t sound very original to me, but quit sure it will achieve a place in the big Final. Once more a seven (7) pointer will surely be my mark.
- Greece is party country “number one” in this contest, and they keep their reputation one more time. It’s fun, a pretty chic and guys, and the chorus is of the catchy kind, that makes you want to dance. I have to say though, that this composition is totally soulless, I have heard it all before, in better versions. But keep up the party! Let's see, I would go with six (6) points for this one.
- This song makes you want to dance. It’s has some similarities to Helena Paparizou’s song ‘My Number One’. The chorus is catchy and easy to remember. Could be a potential winner or at least one of the top candidates. We both agree that this number deserves a solid nine (9) out of the final ten (10) points.
Performer: Eleftheria Eleftheriou
Composers: Dimitri Stassos, Mikaela Stenström and Dajana Lööf
Authors: Dimitri Stassos, Mikaela Stenström and Dajana Lööf
History of the Nation
The very first appearance of Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest actually came way back in 1974 and it was definitely not a bad result albeit the seven points that were received in the long run but three years later, they would achieve their very first top five result by virtue of the performance given by Paschalis, Marianna, Robert and Bessy to the song Mathima Solfege. This result would ultimately be their best until repeated in 1992 with the singer Kleopatra who performed Olou Tou Kosmou I Elpida. It has been noted though that the millennium has proved positive for Greece noting down that they reached third in 2001 thanks to Antique and their song Die for You before ultimately grabbing victory in 2005 thanks to their lead singer Helena Paparizou and her entry My Number One which pipped Malta to the position. Their run of results after this has seen them always reach the top ten actually.