COUNTDOWN TO (CANCELLED) EUROVISION: #5 – GREECE

#5 – Greece
Supergirl
Stefania
Songwriters: Dimitris Kontopoulos, Sharon Vaughn, Arcade

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica has begun its Countdown To the now-cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020! Over 41 days 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. As of the official announcement on March 20 2020, ALL of this year’s songs are now officially “lost”; Eurovision’s executive committee has stated that all songs in the ESC 2021 contest MUST be new, so there will never be an “Official” winner of ESC 2020 thanks to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak causing the contest’s first-ever cancellation. So this is my only chance to rank them. The songs will all be spotlighted on a special called Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which will air LIVE on May 16, when the Grand Final should have been held, so that’s at least SOMETHING…

We’ve entered TOP FIVE TERRITORY! If you’re keeping track of the countdown, you should know what songs are still to come, heh heh…

In at #5 this year is the official entry from Greece, “Supergirl” by Stefania. It is performed in English, and was scheduled to be performed 4th at the second semifinal on May 14. The song was chosen by internal selection. Greece was the first country to confirm that one of this year’s performers would also represent them next year, so Stefania will be their representative at ESC 2021.

Stefania Liberakakis is no stranger to Eurovision, even at the young age of 17, one of this year’s youngest participants. She was a member of the girl group Kisses when she was just 13 years old, and the group represented the Netherlands at the 2016 Junior Eurovision Contest, finishing in eighth place at the competition. She’s been a solo performer since 2018.

What I’m thinking about this song…When it comes to Greece and their ESC entries, I have had a love/hate relationship with most of them; something has always turned me more off than on, usually at the odds with the popular opinions. Some of them have found huge followings with the fans, only to find themselves on the outs at the semifinals. Sometimes the music hasn’t matched the video well, such as last year’s entry from the country, “Better Love” by Katerine Duska – great song, stellar recorded vocals, but a…um, really …um eclectic (yeah, that’s it) video that made very little sense. Then she had voice problems at the semi finals. She made it through but stalled out, and a song that could have been huge had to settle for 21st place. But this year – Greece finally did it, the perfect little pop song, great dance beat,  a distinctly Greek vibe oozing from it’s soul, an engaging vocal performance – I LOVE Stefania’s deep, breathy vocals in the verses, and then how she totally cuts loose in the chorus –  a stellar little “superpowered-teen-angst-and-romance” video that rocks from beginning to end, and hopefully, a top notch live performance would have pushed her high. Except…for the first time in the five years I’ve been watching ESC regularly, the fans seem to be mostly indifferent. Some of them really like the song, but there are others who are just “meh”, and those people have been really high on previous songs that did NOTHING for me. I guess I will never agree with the Eurofans about Greece’s entries…all I know is that I love this year’s song..and I wish it would have had a chance to really shine…

Greece made their debut in EuroVision in 1974, and have participated 41 times including 2020, missing five years here and there. They have captured the Grand Final championship once, in 2005 with “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. My gut says 2020 could have been their shot to reach the top ten again, but we’ll never know now, will we?

Here’s the official music video  – check it out…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica throughout the next 41 days as I bring you the 2020 entries, and also updates on the status of the songs and artists for this year.

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