After spending the better part of the last ten years in the musical landscape of an eternal beach party, the winner of this year's Greek final is clearly changing tracks.
Loucas Yiorkas feat Stereo Mike - Watch My Dance (Greece 2011)
Instead of hips shaking, Greece offers us a rather large dose of passive-aggressive rap developing into a very slow, very folksy chorus which is elegant but un-catchy. Not a party invitation in sight.
Since I started finding the beach party formula a bit tired already many moons ago, I should be thrilled with this choice. But while Loucas is a terrific singer, the song is really introvert and difficult. Despite repeated listening, I can't find my way into it, and before I connect with it, it is already over.
Greece, the only country to place among the ten best every year since 2004, will maybe need more luck than usual to reach a good placing. Maybe even to reach the final.
I always used to care more for Greece back in the day when they were original and no one understood. But "Mou les" was far superior to this one.
Christie Stassinopoulou - Mou les (Greece 1983)