You should always remember your roots. Unless those roots lead you to a fairly forgettable entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. In that case, respect your roots (as we say, they’re important) but don’t feel any shame in putting them aside for three minutes while you come up with an absolute banger for the voters.
Alas, this is what’s happened to Greece in 2018. Yianna Terzi’s Oneiro Mou could easily gave entered this Contest at any point between 1983 and 1997 when the Greek entry rarely strayed from the drama of the traditional. While that proved a fertile(ish) shop window for their music industry, it never did very much in the way of points.
To be absolutely fair when it came to reviewing this, Oneiro Mou was listened to three times in succession with complete concentration. That’s not a good sign for a start. You have to want to listen to something if you wish it well in the first place. But reader, I persevered.
The drama is something you can’t get away from. If you don’t spot it in the incessant rhythm, there’s bucketfuls of the stuff in Yianna’s delivery. It’s solid, worthy stuff but not necessarily something your attention would swoop upon in a semi-final field (or the 26 on the Saturday night if we’re being generous).
It remains a loss to the Lisbon Contest though that we will not see the promo for Oniro Mou recreated on the big night. It throws up 11 vital questions. Just as vitally, none of them are answered by the end of the song.
- Why is Yianna in that hole?
- Has she always been there?
- Did a rival entrant push her in?
- Why is the fella who’s looking for her in ripped clothes?
- The landscape he is searching to locate Yianna is massive. How does he find her so quickly?
- Why isn’t there a speck of dirt on her if she’s down a hole?
- How does he know where to dig? Is it because he can hear her singing?
- Why doesn’t any dirt fall from above on to her nice clean outfit when he’s digging through to her?
- Why isn’t she more grateful when he gets her out?
- Is this based on a Greek legend?
- Is it based on The Simpsons episode where Bart falls down a well?
It comes to something when you’re more interested in the video than the song. Greek telly, I’m expecting an expanded version of the single, please, where answers to all these questions are provided on a separate CD-Rom.
Ach, you can have fun with even the dullest Eurovision song. It helps if there’s a daft video too.