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Greece in the final of Eurovision 2011

11 May 2011 / 14:05:02  GRReporter
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Loucas Yiorkas and Stereo Mike won the hearts of fans during Eurovision with the song Watch My Dance and this year Greece qualified for the finals of the music show. The song was a mix between the traditional zeibekiko which is folk dance with slow rhythm and heavy steps combined with hip-hop patter in English, performed by Stereo Mike. "There is fire in my heart" sang Loucas and proved it before the 17 thousand spectators in the hall and the millions in front of the TVs at home.

The song as a confession touched the crowd and the sincerity of the performance of the two young boys obviously touched the audience in the hall in Düsseldorf and the jury of Eurovision 2011. I should confess that I was extremely unbelieving in the idea of mixing two so different styles, but Loucas, Stereo Mike and the break-dance ballet of Greece skillfully combined the tradition of the heavy Balkan song and dance with the modern trends in music, which was rewarded in the first round.
"I gave all my soul. I felt nothing for an hour and a half after I got off the stage. I was empty," commented Loucas Yiorkas on his performance on stage before the journalists in Duesseldorf Arena. Lucas is 25 years old and he is from Cyprus. His star shone after he won the Greek TV show The X Factor in 2009. Stereo Mike is known to the Greek audience as a hip-hop singer from Piraeus and he is extremely popular among the young people in the country.

The songs of Serbia, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland, Russia and Iceland qualified for the finals together with Greece. A merry dance tune presented Serbia, and the concept of the performance was inspired by the colourr and the style typical for the 1960s. The song of Hungary What About My Dream made a strong impression. It was greatly performed by the singer called by Eurovision journalists the Hungarian Celine Dion.
The story of the Icelandic song that was performed by the band Sjonni’s Friends is particularly tragic. Sjonni was the performer who was supposed to represent the country of ice during the TV music contest this year. He lost his life four months before the Eurovision and the group Sjonni’s Friends was created in his name by his closest friends. The lyrics of Coming Home were written by Sjonni’s wife who dedicated the song to his memory.
Here are some of those that lost the fight and for which it could be said that they confused the public rather than winning it. This happened with Finnish song which was performed in Swahili! It fully reflected the colour and the warmth of the African continent, but nothing has reminded of the country having thousands of lakes, which is the cradle of black metal, but not of the black rhythms.

Another failure in my opinion was the Armenia’s song Boom-boom, which did not qualify for the finals this year. Nobody has told the Armenian producers that the dynamic bottom shaking does not make anyone Shakira or Jennifer Lopez. The Armenian song with the refrain "boom-boom, caka-chaka," failed to impress the jury, and the most attractive on the stage proved to be the members of the male ballet who danced with George Alekos last year. The ballet choreographer is of Armenian descent, which explained their participation in the "boom-boom, chaka-chaka." No matter how hard the boys tried they were unable to save the day.


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