Live from Athens: Greece Decides 2015
ATHENS, GREECE – Kalispera from Athens where the 2015 national final for Eurovision Song Contest takes place tonight. The show takes place at Enastron Music Hall in Athens, hosted by Mary Synatsaki & Doretta Papadimitriou. We are on the spot following all aspects of the event. Besides the live report here you can also check our updates on YouTube and Instagram account as we are updating the entire family of our social media throughout the night.
HOW TO WATCH
The show starts with a short comedy clip of our two hostesses getting ready for the show and getting advice from Hellenic Eurovision celebs (Helena Paparizou, Constantinos Christoforou…), and then, they are live from the arena from the traditional introduction speech.
In order to start the competition in a very pleasant way, the five contenders of Eurosong 2015 perform a great cover of “My Number One” (only Greek Eurovision winning track so far). Now a short clip is broadcast in order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Greece victory at Eurovision.
Entering the stage now is the great Helena Paparizou with a short cover of Conchita’s “Rise Like A Phoenix” before the performance of her latest track “Love Till It’s Over” (feat. HouseTwins). She definitely still is a talented diva, very much appreciated by the audience.
After the introduction of the jury, we are granted with other guest performances:
Thanos Kalliris & Kings – “Stop”
Loukas Yiorkas & Mousika Ergastiria SOS – “Watch My Dance” (Eurovision 2011 Greek entry)
ONE – “Gimme 2015” (a revamped version of Eurovision 2002 Cypriot entry)
Now, let’s play “Eurovision Challenge” with Fotis (not our very own Fotis, but Mr Sergoulapoulos)! Two teams composed of local celebs and Eurofans are now fighting during a quiz show. A nice way to test our Eurovision knowledge (if you can speak Greek of course…).
After a clip to celebrate Eurovision Jubilee, dancers perform modern choreographies on Eurovision hits from every decade:
1956-1965 “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu” Italy 1958
1966-1975 “Puppet On A String” UK 1967
1976- 1985 “Save All Your Kisses For Me” UK 1976
1986- 1995 “Hold Me Now” Ireland 1987
1996- 2005 “Diva” Israel 1999
2006-2015 “Popular” Sweden 2011
And now (eventually) the competition can start!
01. C:Real – “Crash And Burn”
A very modern entry, with a strong electro flavour (even if a buziki is involved!). Some may say the track goes a bit everywhere and lacks a real melody, nevertheless it is a very professional flawless performance.
02. Thomai Apergi & Legend – “Jazz & Sirtaki”
Wow, they dared to do it, a jazz/sirtaki track. It’s original (not to say weird) and fun. Thomai is giving a great performance. Not sure though this could conquer Europe. Reaction in the hall are quite positive!
03. Barrice – “Ela” (Come)
A much more modern song now. An uptempo radio pop song written by Swedish Olausson. Once again, great performance from the singer and his dancers. Of course, the entry also features a few seconds of sirtaki!
04. Shaya – “Sunshine”
Now here comes the favourite (at least the one of International Eurofans). “Sunshine” is a great ethno pop song and Shaya looks amazing (like a local version of Beyonce)! This track could definitely do well on Vienna stage even though her voice tonight was not 100% flawless. The audience seems to have found its favourite tonight!
05. Maria Elena Kiriakou – “One Last Breath”
According to polls, she is the local favourite. This time we have a beautiful classy ballad without any surprise or any Greek element (no sirtaki, no buziki, but just a piano). Maria Elena’s voice is powerful and the audience is reacting during the song and is giving her the biggest applause of the night after her performance.
And now, after a recap of the 5 entries it’s voting time for Greek viewers! (and time for our readers to guess the outcome)
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To start the interval act, the two hostesses performed a jazzy cover of last year’s entry “Rise Up”. Of course, they are joined on stage by Freaky Fortune and Risky Kidd. Since Copenhagen, the boys haven’t lost their energy!
Now Giannis Karagiannis, who will wave the Cypriot flag in Vienna, is performing his ballad “One Thing I Should Have Done”. A very nice performance!
Boyband Boys & Noise are now performing “Die For You”, the entry Helena Paparizou performed for Eurovision in 2001 (as part of duo Antique). And now Helena herself (the real star of the night) is taking the stage to sing “Otan Aggeli Klene”.
Time for Helena to declare the winner?