EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Oniro mou” by Yianna Terzi, Greece
Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.
Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Greece, “Oniro mou” by Yianna Terzi, written by Gianna Terzi, Aris Kalimeris, Dimitris Stamatiou, and Mihalis Papathanasiou. The song is performed in Greek. Terzi is the daughter of Greek singer Paschalis Terzis, and has been pursuing her musical career since the age of 20. The song will be performed 14th in the competition order on the first semi-final on May 8.
Ok, this one is a bit of a mystery to me. I love the song, and Ms. Terzi’s voice as well. But I have to admit, I have ZERO knowledge of what is considered contemporary Greek music – other songs competing for the chance to represent the country in EuroVision were disqualified for not “sounding Greek”. And yet they send this song to the contest. It’s absolutely beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but it sounds more Celtic than Greek to me – there’s a lot of Enya, Clannad, and Loreena McKennit in every vibe of this song; it even has a vague resemblance to McKennit’s best-known US hit “The Mummer’s Dance“. The title translates to “My Dream” in English and again is a mixture of love, confusion, and bitterness in the lyrics as translated for me, but the sentiment is still there, and very much alive and heart-touching as well, even if the video, though nice to look at, is a bit confusing. Surprisingly, this could very well find a place in the US charts, not likely as a single, but perhaps an album of similar tunes could make a dent on the New Age charts – I know a couple of radio stations that play new age and that have included non-English songs in their repertoire – see the aforementioned Clannad and their usually amazing songs performed in the Celtic language – and I think they’d jump BIG for this song…and EuroVision fans seem to either really love it or really despise it, so it’s hard to tell which way it will go in the contest.
Greece made their debut in EuroVision in 1974, and have participated 36 times since, missing five years here and there. They have captured the Grand Final championship once, in 2005 wiht “My Number One” by Elena Paparizou. They are also one of the few countries who have never finished in last place, and have had top ten finishes ten times in the 21st century.
Here’s the official music video – check it out…
Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!
We’re featuring THREE songs a day the rest of this week, FOUR songs each day this weekend, and will wrap things up with three final songs next Monday! After we’re finished with the song by song preview, it will be time for yours truly to start unleashing some historical favorites and such…
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