Introducing 2011: Greece

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All songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 have been selected. During the weeks between the national final season and the actual Eurovision Song Contest, we will introduce all 43 entries in random order. We are half way through and part thirty-one of the series is dedicated to the Greek entry.

Basic information

Performers: Loucas Yiorkas (ΛοÏ�κας ΓιÏ�ρκας) feat. Stereo Mike
Song: Watch my dance
Language: English & Greek
Music: Giannis Christodoulopoulos
Lyrics: Eleana Vrachali
Draw:

19th in the first semi final

The song

Watch my dance is a mid-tempo hip hop pop song. Through the lyrics the protagonist tells that he stands up to his fears while he is on his way to God:

Watch my dance
Head up high
Hands like wings
And I'll fly

Το κεφάλι ψηλά και τα χέρια ανοιχτά!

Την έχει η ψυχή μου τη φωτιά
τους φÏ�βους Ï�λους καίει μοναδικά
τα βήματά μου κάνω ως το ΘεÏ�
κι αν πέσω εγÏ� ξανά θα σηκωθÏ�


Head up and open arms

My soul has the fire
To burn all the fears
I’m walking my way to God
And should I fall, I’ll rise again

The performers

Loucas Yiorkas is from Cpyrus. He became famous in Greece when he competed in the first season of X Factor in 2008/2009. In the final, where he was up against Nikolas Metaxas, who wrote the Cpyriot entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 and Kokkina Halia, who competed in the Greek national final this year, he was declared winner. His first single Den fantasizei was released soon after and his debut album Mazi followed in September 2009. It sold to gold status in Greece. Setreo Mike, whose real name is Mihalis Exarhos, is considered one of the most famous hip hop artists in Greece. He has released three albums to date and in 2008 he won the Best Greek Act award at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

Loucas Yiorkas and Stereo Mike teamed up for the Greek national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. With their song Watch my dance they could win the national final.

The songwriters

Watch my dance was written by Giannis Christodoulopoulos (music) and Eleana Vrachali (lyrics). They are a songwriting team that has previously written songs for 2005 Eurovision Song Contest winner Elena Paparizou. Among them was the hit Mazo zou.

The national selection

Six acts competed in the Greek national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. The winner was chosen by a jury and televoting.

Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest

Greece joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. Despite seven top ten placings between 1974 and 1998, the country was not among the most successful participants in the contest. This changed in 2001, when Greece reached third place in Copenhagen. After another two unsuccessful attempts in 2002 and 2003, Greece has finally found its run of luck and finished in the top ten every year from 2004 onwards including a first victory in 2005. It is also the only country that managed to finish in the top ten every year of every contest held since the introduction of the semi final stage.

Statistics

This will be Greece's 32nd participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. For the first time ever, the country is represented by a male duo. It is the second Greek entry since the abolishment of the language rule in 1999 to be performed in English and Greek – the first entry was the 2001 one. The 2007 entry also included one word in Greek but was mainly in English.

Watch my dance is the 19th and hence last song to be performed in the first semi final. It is preceeded by the mid-tempo pop song from Azerbaijan. For the second time, Greece is drawn last in the semi final. The first time it happened in 2008 and the country could win from that position. Greece had previously been drawn last in 1985 (finishing 16th) and 1995 (finishing 12th).


ΕυχÏ�μαστε στην Ελλάδα και στον ΛοÏ�κα ΓιÏ�ρκα καλή επιτυχία και καλά αποτελέσματα στην Ντίσελντορφ!


Videos

Live performance in the national final:

The preview video:

Loucas Yiorkas performing in X Factor:

Stereo Mike with Pereia mou:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRPoDvo-QeM

Tomorrow, we will take a look at the Icelandic entry.

Previous parts of the series:

  1. Estonia
  2. Italy
  3. Croatia
  4. Slovakia
  5. Lithuania
  6. Finland
  7. Switzerland
  8. Ukraine
  9. Norway
  10. Moldova
  11. Belgium
  12. Azerbaijan
  13. Ireland
  14. Portugal
  15. Austria
  16. Latvia
  17. France
  18. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  19. Romania
  20. Sweden
  21. Bulgaria
  22. Armenia
  23. Denmark
  24. Cyprus
  25. Spain
  26. Belarus
  27. San Marino
  28. Malta
  29. Germany
  30. Georgia

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