Demy has released a Greek-language version of her Eurovision entry “This Is Love”, just days before the delegations arrive in Kyiv for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
The Greek version of the song is titled “Oso Zo”, which translates to “As Long As I Live” in English. It is the first English-language Greek entry to be translated into Greek since Sakis Rouvas released a Greek version of his entry “This Is Our Night” back in 2009. You can listen to the Greek version of “This Is Love” below:
25-year old Dimitra Papadea, better known by her stage name Demy, was born in Athens in 1991. She shot to fame in Greece and Cyprus in 2011 when she featured on the Midenistis song “Μia Zografia”. Her first solo single, “Poses Xiliades Kalokairia”, was released in 2012, and featured on her debut album “1” which topped the album charts in Greece. To date, Demy has released two albums and performed on 19 singles. She is also currently studying for a degree in Law in Athens.
Demy was internally selected to represent Greece at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest back in January, with a national final being held in March to select her song for the contest. “This Is Love” won the Greek selection by a margin of over 60% of the votes. It received 70% of the public televote and 89% of the jury vote. The song has been composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos, while the lyrics were written by Romy Papadea and John Ballard. Kontopoulos has previously written six Eurovision entries – Belarus 2007, Ukraine 2008, Greece 2009, Azerbaijan 2013 and Russia 2014 and 2016 – all of which placed in the top 10. His most recent entry, Sergey Lazarev’s “You Are the Only One”, finished in 3rd place last year in Stockholm. John Ballard also worked with Kontopoulos on “You Are the Only One”, Farid Mammadov’s “Hold Me”, and the Tolmachevy Sisters’ “Shine” in 2014. Meanwhile Romy Papadea is Demy’s sister, and has written many of her previous songs.
Greece will participate in the first semi-final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest on 9th May. Demy will hope to take her country through to the final after Argo failed to do so last year. Their song “Utopian Land” finished in 16th place in its semi-final in Stockholm, and became the first Greek entry to fail to qualify for the final since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004.
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Greece debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, when they were represented by Marinella and the song “Krasi, thalassa kai t’agori mou” which finished in 11th place with 7 points. Three years later Greece earned their first top 5 finish with Paschalis, Marianna, Robert and Bessy who finished in 5th place with “Mathima solfege”. In 2001 Greece achieved their first top 3 result with Antique and the song “I Would Die For You”. The song became a European hit, and charted across the continent. In 2005 Helena Paparizou returned to the Eurovision stage as a solo artist and brought Greece their first, and to date only, victory. Her song “My Number One” won with 230 points, beating runners-up Malta by 38 points.