ESCountdown 2019: #34 – “Better Love” by Katerine Duska, Greece

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!

Last year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, I did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last year never made it to public consumption. So this year, rather than just cover the songs, I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such.  Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary.

In at #34 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Greece, “Better Love” by Katerine Duska, written by Duska, David Sneddon, and Leon Of Athens. The song is performed in English, and will be performed 16th on the first semi-final on May 14.

Greek-Canadian singer/songwriter Duska has been performing around her native Canada for many years, and shot to fame with the release of her debut album in 2015.

Ok, I have so many conflicting issues with this one. On the one hand, I really DO love the song, and Duska’s somewhat-husky vocals are amazing. The video is an unusual if masterful presentation of the song. But despite the song’s powerful lyric, I think the video, as visually interesting as it is, also undermines the song’s message of “unconditional and unapologetic love”; rather, I think the video is a teeny tiny bit exploitative, almost objectifying women in the ways most women hate – by putting them on display as if to say “Wow, don’t you think I’m beautiful?” while at the same time projecting the women in the video as somewhat cold and indifferent. Maybe as a man I’m misreading what they’re going for here, I don’t know. But I do love the song, and it has a HUGE fan following, with many fans ranking the song in their top ten picks this year, so it could do pretty well and could make it through to the grand final. However, last years’ entry from Greece, “Oneiro Mou” from Gianna Terzi, was also a huge fan favorite and it failed to make the cut, so it’s hard to tell how this one will do…

Greece made their debut in EuroVision in 1974, and have participated 37 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…I’m curious about what people think about this one, because I can’t get a handle on it…

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