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Big Dress, Big Voice, Big Chance. Greece’s 2017 Eurovision Entry

April 7, 2017


Perhaps this isn’t the winning entry.   But without doubt this is made of all the things that winning entries have in the past been made of.  This is Eurovision by numbers, but sometimes the numbers add up.

Here’s the video:

The key to the performance video is to generalise the particular.    Demy’s red dress is the only splash of colour in a black and white film, a device that can’t help but remind us of Schindler’s List – a rather unsettling comparison made even less relevant by the fact that Demy has an enormous rococo palace to live in.  If I thought the makers of this video were making some sort of conscious allusion to Schindler’s List, I’d be nervous but curious and want to know more.  But I’m afraid this referencing means nothing more than “wasn’t it cool in that movie where the only colour was a red dress – let’s steal that idea”.

The familiar geometry of this offering called “This is Love” involves the idea that the verses are all about Demy loving someone specific, while the chorus is all about anybody and everybody loving anybody and everybody else.  The verse is meant to be concrete, the chorus abstract.  Love in particular oscillates with Love in general.

To illustrate this rather heavy handed point, a high speed montage of deliberately very different people is imposed over the accelerated techno-lite chorus just to illustrate the whole range of humans for whom Love is Here apparently.

Eurovision is officially very much in favour of Love – and why not?  And perhaps in a very loveless world it’s as well to keep things very simple.  This song and video combination has the effect though, of having been designed by a committee, or rather, by a computer that has broken down six decades of previous Eurovision winners into melodic and lyrical components and tried to optimise their most reliable combination.

Frankly, I find this somewhat tedious and obvious and uninspiring.  But this does not of course mean that tedious and obvious and uninspiring will not win.

Frankly, I prefer Finland:

I’ll be sorely vexed if Finland doesn’t do better than Cyprus

Frankly I’d rather the Czech Republic won – though they won’t…

Belgium looks like a better bet:

But if it isn’t, maybe it will go to Azerbaijan with this…

Armenia’s Entry is nowhere near as scary:

In the meantime here are my thoughts on the Australian entry:

And here’s Albania…



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