Katerine Duska

EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Katerine Duska

What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?

Greece: Katerine Duska

by Christopher Smith

Greece have only won Eurovision once, in 2005 with “My Number One” sung by Helena Paparizou but have had a number of top ten finishes in the immediate years that followed. Sadly, since 2014 they have either come 19th or 20th so all eyes were on 29 year old Katerine Duska this year with her powerful “Better Love”. Alas, it wasn’t to be, again. The song ended up twenty first with 74 points, 50 of those from the jury vote.

Katerine made her chart debut in 2014 with “One In A Million” and followed this with “Won’t Leave”, both tracks preceding her debut album “Embodiment”, released the following year. After making a number of stage performances during 2018 with Swedish singer Albin Lee Meldau, Katerine won her selection to represent Greece at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

“Better Love” was co-written with Scottish reality show star David Sneddon, who won the second series of the BBC programme Fame Academy in 2002 and went on to have a UK number one with “Stop Living The Lie”. “Better Love” has peaked at No.4 on the Greek digital singles chart and opens up new opportunities for Katerine on the international stage with new material already waiting in the wings! Good luck Katerine!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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