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Greece: Katerine Duska’s “Better Love” to be released March 6th!

Another internal selection release confirmed for early March!

Another day, another confirmation of the release date for an internally-selected entry! If early March wasn’t busy enough already, with the conclusion of several national finals, we also have a number of internal selections due to be released shortly ahead of the Heads of Delegation meeting kicking off on March 11th. 

Yesterday, via her Instagram, Katerine Duska announced that her song “Better Love” will be released on March 6th. This is a day earlier than previously reported. She posted the date alongside a picture of her in a London recording studio, where she recorded the track. She had previously mentioned that she has been working on the song with London-based singer-songwriter Leon Of Athens and producer Phil Cook.

According to Eurovision Fun, the official video for “Better Love” will be released along with the song, unlike Greece’s 2018 entry “Oneiro Mou”. They also state that, according to Ioannis Drosos, the song will be premiered at a special event in the Music Hall of Athens on March 6th.

What to expect from “Better Love”?

Reporting for Star TV, journalist Yiannis Poulopoulos said the following of the song:

Belongs to Indie Pop, it is alternative. It is not a ballad. The arrangement we will hear an instrument that will make a special sense in Eurovision, but it is not enthnic, it is purely a ‘European’ sound. …The whole package looks very much like Amy Winehouse.

Translation of Yiannis Poulopoulos describing the song on Star TV

If such reports are accurate, this could signal an interesting new direction for a Greek Eurovision entry!

Update: Yesterday, Katerine shared a 9-second teaser from what looks to be the music video ahead of the song’s release next month. The clip features the lyric “gotta get” alongside a teaser of the instrumental. The art direction for the clip very much confirms the ‘indie pop’ vibes that Poulopoulos had teased.

Greece in Eurovision Song Contest

Previously, Greece had been one of the most successful and consistent countries at the contest. Between 2001 and 2013, Greece achieved ten top-ten results. These include third-place finishes for Antique (2001), Sakis Rouvas (2004) and Kalomira (2008). Of course, Greece’s Helena Paparizou won the contest in 2005 with “My Number One”.

However, Greece’s success at the contest has been inconsistent in the past couple of years. Over the past five years, the country has failed to qualify to the final twice (2016 and 2019). Their non-qualification in 2016 marked the first time the country had failed to reach the final in the history of its participation since the introduction of the semi-finals format.

Katerine Duska is hoping to bring the country back to the final from the first semi-final of the contest in Tel Aviv, on May 14th.

To keep track of the release dates of other forthcoming internally-selected entries, check out our calendar!

Are you as excited to hear “Better Love” as we are? Let us know! In the meantime, be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.
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