Artist: Yianna Terzi
Song: Oniro Mou
Betting Odds: 29/1
The Greek Eurovision selection in 2018 turned into a bit of a farce. For the past two years the nation had used an internal selection procedure to choose their act for the Contest, but in 2018 they decided to return to a national final to give the public a say in the choice. Five contestants were shortlisted, but soon after the shortlist was revealed two of the acts were disqualified based on not meeting the broadcaster’s requirements of ‘sounding Greek’. This brought the field down to three, but two of the remaining three acts were also disqualified because their record company refused to pay the €20,000 submission fee requested by the broadcaster. This left just one contestant Yianna Terzi, who in effect was chosen by internal selection as she was the only contestant left.
Despite being the only option Gianna pulled out all the stops for her song ‘Oniro Mou’ (My Dream). It kicks off strong with some flutes and is at its most successful at the chorus when the drum beat kicks in and Gianna gives it hell for leather with her vocal. The song is dominated by Yianna’s wailing vocal which at times even sounds like a grief stricken widow keening at the wake of her deceased husband.
While ‘Oniro Mou’ is a decent effort, I can’t help but crave for a dance floor banger from Greece’s Eurovision hey day. Past attempts like the winning song in 2005 ‘My Number One’ by the marvellous Helena Paparizou, Kalomira’s ‘Secret Combination’ in 2008, Eleftheria Eleftheriou’s 2012 attempt ‘Aphrodisiac’ or even FreakyFortune and RiskyKidd’s ‘Rise Up’ in 2014 show us that Greece are capable of much more than their recent over reliance on sub-par ballads.
Greece will struggle to stand out in the very competitive first semi final and I think we could well see Greece fail to qualify for the final for the second time in their history in the Contest.
For more information on the artist here is 10 Things About…Yianna Terzi!
The full lyrics to the song are here and check out the video below!