The Xtra Files 2018: We review Greece’s ‘Oniro Mou’ by Yianna Terzi!

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our series which will give you an insight into what the team at ESCXTRA think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Greece.

Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start on 30 April! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries!

Today we have reviews of the Greek entry, ‘Oniro Mou’ by Yianna Terzi, from Lisa, Matt, Nick, Simon and Riccardo. Let’s get started!

The Reviews


Everyone DQ’ed and this gem survived, a Greek tragedy that had a happy ending! This is my power ballad of the year, in the same way that Amanecer was for me in 2015. I adore the Greek language in song and it’s enhanced even more by the ethnic strings in the melody and the cascade of drums. The translated lyrics add to the haunting beauty of this song too, a declaration of love between Greece and its people, but you can also take it to mean any kind of love.


Greece has a solid foundation with this but fails to build on that. I call it borderline anthemic with a meandering quality – just enough to see it through to the Grand Final.


Only Greece can manage to make such a shambles of the entire season by disqualifying five of their six national final hopefuls. In the end, though, they bring us exactly what I want from Greece. A soaring ballad which is evidently Greek. Now all they need is a staging they can’t afford and it sure is as Greek as can be. Can I give a 12? No? OK, 10.

Timeless Greek songsmith work here. If it has worked for decades (millennia) then why fix it? They’ll need to do something impressive on stage to make Oniro Mou stand out, so let’s hope it’s something that befits the song. Classy.


Is this a song or a time machine? I feel I am taken back to a performance in the house of an Athenian governor in Ancient Greece. And oh boy do I love that! The instrumentation is as good as it gets and Greek sounds so beautiful, I only wish it ended on a more poweful note. Would deserve to win, even if it would make Greece’s budget go bust.


Dominik  6 Nick  10 Tim  4
Hlynur  4 Riccardo  9.5 Tom  4
Lisa  8.5 Rigmo  6 Vincent  7.5
Luke  2 Rodrigo  7 Wiv  5
Matt  7 Ryan  7.5 Yassia  6.5
Miki  4.5 Sami  5
Nathan  1 Simon  8

Therefore, the average score for Greece is 5.95.


Despite scoring an almighty 10 from one of our team members, Yianna Terzi only manages to climb up to 23rd place on our leaderboard.

  1. Israel – 8.52
  2. Finland – 7.66
  3. Bulgaria – 7.63
  4. France – 7.50
  5. Belgium – 7.39
  6. F.Y.R. Macedonia – 7.24
  7. Sweden – 7.21
  8. Cyprus – 7.13
  9. Switzerland – 7.08
  10. Poland – 7.08
  11. Germany – 6.95
  12. Ukraine – 6.92
  13. Austria – 6.79
  14. Australia – 6.76
  15. Denmark – 6.55
  16. Lithuania – 6.50
  17. Italy – 6.39
  18. Spain – 6.29
  19. The Netherlands – 6.26
  20. Azerbaijan – 6.05
  21. Portugal – 6.05
  22. Slovenia – 6.00
  23. Greece – 5.95
  24. Estonia – 5.86
  25. Latvia – 5.61
  26. Norway – 5.55
  27. Albania – 5.50
  28. Ireland – 5.34
  29. Serbia – 5.05
  30. United Kingdom – 5.03
  31. Belarus – 4.97
  32. Malta – 4.97
  33. Moldova – 4.92
  34. Romania – 4.73
  35. Montenegro – 4.71
  36. Hungary – 4.65
  37. Armenia – 4.29
  38. Georgia – 4.18
  39. Iceland – 4.18
  40. Russia – 4.05
  41. San Marino – 4.03

Tomorrow, it will be the turn of Croatia to be reviewed.

Do you agree with our reviews of Greece? What are your thoughts on Oniro Mou?

Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA!

Rigmo Kannike

When not busy haunting various online chat rooms as his criminal alter ego, PeterP, Rigmo enjoys long walks on the beach and rooting for the absolute worst national final songs.

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