Maria Elena Kyriakou is a Greek Cypriot singer best known for winning the first season of The Voice of Greece and has been chosen to represent Greece in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest with song ‘One Last Breath’. Read on to see what our thoughts were on the song.
‘One Last Breath’ has the feel of a ballad from the 90s. I don’t mean that it is retro and draws inspiration from a nostalgic musical style, rather that it is dated. The singer’s voice is reminiscent of Celine Dion, but again not in a good way. The song is dull and lacks any real flavour. It isn’t until about two thirds into the song that anything really interesting happens, not until we get drums and guitars kicking in along with a predictable key change, do we get something to root for.
You would imagine that a song whose title is ‘One Last Breath’ would be more exciting. Like when you wonder what you would do in your last moments (if you knew that they were your last), you would want to do something memorable. This song is not at all memorable.
The video is just as bland and sees a multi storey car park turned into a set where Kyriakou performs behind a microphone stand with bright lights and a white piano in the background. You can imagine how the staging for this will play out as well. I imagine a real stripped back performance with just singer and piano player on stage, then when the key change happen you can imagine some kind of pyrotechnic explosion.
I don’t fancy Greece’s chances of advancing to the finals especially since they seem to be in the more competitive of the two semi finals on the 19th May. Do you agree with our summation of the Greek entry? Maybe it’s one of your favourites? If so, remember you can vote for it in our poll below.