Tel Aviv 2019

Greece: Details of Katerine’s staging have been revealed

Yiannis Poulopoulos has given us some hints of what to expect from Better Love in Tel Aviv

Ahead of the start of rehearsals tomorrow, staging details are beginning to emerge. Having previously revealed the names of her singers and backing singers, details of Katerine Duska’s staging have emerged. She is due to have her first rehearsal on Sunday afternoon.

Star TV’s Yiannis Poulopoulos has revealed some details of Katerine’s staging. As reported by Eurovision Fun, Yiannis described the backdrop that Katerine will have in Tel Aviv when performing “Better Love”.

The backdrop will be double-sided, which means it will help us have enough images. Not just one. As Katerina Duska has said what we will see has a common theme with the video clip . So we will see several alternations of images that I would dare to say that they happen one after the other, but follow the same theme.

Yiannis Poulopoulos describing Katerine’s staging on Star TV

Elaborating on how much the staging reflects the video, he said the following:

A common element of all is the Renaissance style that you see in the video clip as well as the tones, the pink and the white . All this atmospheric thing reminded me a little Dali. There is also a Greek element.

Yiannis Poulopoulos describing Katerine’s staging on Star TV

He also revealed that there had been some initial issues putting the stage show together and planning for the large Tel Aviv stage. Last year, Yianna Terzi suffered staging issues throughout the rehearsal stage in Lisbon. This year, he claims most of the issues have been sorted prior to the rehearsal stage.

Who is Katerine Duska?

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. She will be performing 16th in semi-final 1 on Tuesday 14th May.

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