This weekend saw 28 countries travel to Amsterdam, Netherlands for the biggest Eurovision pre-party on the circuit. It was the first time for much of the fans, and press to see their favourites perform live. Before the show, much of the European, and Australia's media had a chance to interview the artists ahead of the show, and find out more in regards to their preparations for the big event in Tel Aviv. Eurovoxx were lucky enough to be there, and we were extremely excited to have had the opportunity to talk to this year's Greek representative Katerine Duska who will be performing her entry, "Better Love" in Tel Aviv. The absolutely stunning singer, was so friendly, and more than happy to talk to Eurovoxx, she eagerly answered all of Andy's questions. Please check the interview out below:
Eurovoxx were feeling the love. the singer was so happy, and could tell that she was loving the whole experience. Katerine told us that, "I hardly been able to get proper sleep. I love this part so far". He talked about the song, and that it had been well received by fans from all over the world, and in Canada. The talented singer told us that, "I am so incredibly grateful, I am really moved, and it really means a lot, it gives me a lot of strength". The artist does look like a strong, and powerful performer.
Katerine is from Canada, and Andy could not help but compare her to the other famous Canadian who won for Switzerland back in 1988, Celine Dion. She told us how she would feel if she would follow in her foot steps, "it would definitely be a dream, but I would try and focus on giving my all, and if that is well received then great, if not it's ok. I feel every artist should be proud of what they present". However, we feel that this will genuinely do well come May, and that the young artist will haven no problems in qualifying from semi final 1.
The team wanted to know more of the singer, the song, and how a girl from Montreal has come to represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest. Katerine told us that her parents, and heritage are Greek, her parents moved back to Athens as a teenager, and that her musical career began in Greece. However, "I really didn't expect Eurovision to be honest, the proposal came directly to me, and I asked, Why me?". The answer to this is obvious, her vocals are amazing. She then added, "I could really not predict it. You know i am not the conventional choice for Greek entries". It was acknowledged by the talented performer that the team behind this years participation had a new vision this year, and that is why she was chosen. Her gratitude for this opportunity can really be seen by the way she presents herself.
The show on Saturday was the first time we have seen many of the artist perform. Eurovxx needed to know, would there be any hints on how it will be performed in Tel Aviv. To put it simply, the answer was, "No", but her Amsterdam performance consisted of just her free styling it.
It has been said my many, that the singer has sounded like huge stars such as Jesse Glynne, and Amy Winehouse. Andy was very gracious in saying that Katerine as her own stamp, and name as a performer. In response to this, Greece's new Eurovision star told us that, "I have gotten used to it in Greece, I think it is normal. When you are a new artist, you need to be placed somewhere... for me it is a huge honour to be compared to legends. I like that, and like the fact that i compared to a huge range of artists". We are sure she will be a legend in her own right after Tel Aviv.
The performer is very down to earth, and she likes to keep well grounded and, "Zen". The interview ended with Andy telling everyone to vote for Greece. Her final words to the viewers of the channel, and the fans, "thank you for your support, and I hope you like my song, and I hope you keep supporting me. I wish you all the best, and you are great".
The interview ended with lots of thanks being given to the star, who has really embraced the Eurovision community. Katerine admitted that it probably meant more to her, and that she really appreciative. Greece will be singing in the first semi final, and we wish this young artist a big "Καλή τύχη" in May.
Do you like the song? What did you think of Katerine's perfomance in Amsterdam? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.