Tel Aviv 2019

Greece: Katerine Duska reveals backing singers and dancers for Tel Aviv!

She will be joined by two backing singers and two dancers

Although details of staging is hardly ever announced before rehearsals, news of who will be joining acts on stage have began to trickle out. Now, Greece’s Mikrofwno has revealed the team that will be joining Katerine Duska on stage in Tel Aviv. She will be joined by two backing singers and two dancers.

Erasmia Markides and Eleni Pozantzidou will be joining Katerine as backing singers, whether they will appear as part of the visual performance or not is unknown. Erasmia has previous Eurovision experience, having accompanied Demy for her performance of “This is Love” in Kiev in 2017.

Also, Dimitra Vlachou and Fania Grigoriou will be joining Katerine on stage as dancers. This confirms that we can expect some choreography from “Better Love” next month. Although it may just be a classic case of interpretive dancers with a stationary singer, which Eurovision fans are certainly familiar with.

The staging director behind the performance is Efi Gousi, who also directed the official music video for the song. Gousi’s team will be working collaboration with Minos-Emi/ Universal and ERT to produce the staging.

About Katerine

Katerine Duska was born and raised in Montreal. She started composing music when she was a teenager and moved with her family to Greece, where she studied law at the University of Athens.

Her debut album “Embodiment” featured singles “One in a Million” and “Won’t Leave”. Her cover of Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know” has over one million views on YouTube. She is signed to Minos EMI, one of the leading record labels in Greece.

In January, the ERT Director of International Relations Maria Koufopoulou told that the broadcaster wanted to go with more European sound in 2019, after failing to qualify with more ethnic entries in 2016 and 2018. 

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.

Are you excited about Katerine’s team? Are you looking forward to seeing Better Love’s staging? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! We’ll also be posting plenty of content on our YouTube in the run up to Tel Aviv!

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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