After Greece failed to reach the Eurovision final in two of the last three editions, more is expected from the 2019 Greek entry, but bookmakers remain uncertain about Katerine Duska and her song Better Love. Some rate Greece as a 20/1 shot, but it’s also possible to back the Greek Canadian singer-songwriter at odds as high as 50/1, putting the song in the middle of the Eurovision pack.
Despite their recent disappointments, Greece is a Eurovision regular, having missed only six contests since their 1974 debut. For most of the twentieth century, Greek entries made little headway, with just two fifth-place finishes, in 1977 and 1992. But they had a string of successful songs in the first ten years of the 21st century, making the top ten on ten occasions from 2001 to 2013, including third place finishes in 2001, 2004 and 2008, and their first ever victory, in 2005.
Opinion remains divided about 2019’s Greek entry, however. The early omens for the song were good and some pundits were suggesting that it could be a top five contender. But a shaky performance by Duska at AFAS Live in Amsterdam hit confidence in her ability to do the song justice, as did her non-appearance at the London Eurovision Party. She eventually performed the song again in Madrid and produced a better show, though not everyone was convinced.
The song has been reworked since it was first heard, and it could yet be tweaked again, while a dynamic staging could also go a long way to offsetting any shakiness in Duska’s performance on the night. It is also true that the song itself has some punchy Eurovision-appeal. These contradictions make it hard for punters to weigh up Greece’s chances, and explain the divergence in prices among bookmakers. The Greek entry is likely to either flop or challenge the top ten, and there could yet be Eurovision punters prepared to take a chance on it at big odds.