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Everybody say OPA!

26 May 2010 / 12:05:59  GRReporter
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The undisputable hit "Opa" of George Alkeos and friends qualified Greece for one more year in a row in the finals of the television show Eurovision. Greek artist and his company dressed in white presented the dynamic song "OPA" with pathos and passion of the Balkan spirit, as they left no other choice but victory in the first round. The handsome boys from the male ballet and George Alkeos himself charmed the audiences across Europe which gave them a chance to fight for the first place in the festival of European song. The Greek verses of the song prevented the foreign language audience to understand the meaning of the Greek hit which in a special way reminds and even explains about the strange situation the Greek economy is currently in.

"Everything will change and I will acknowledge it. We start everything from the beginning," sounds more like a public speech of Prime Minister George Papandreou and not like a verse from the song of the pop-folk singer George Alkeos. The song mentions bitter tears and many lies from the past. This inevitably resonates with the present of the Mediterranean cuntry, as we consider the bitter tears of the public sector employees with trimmed salaries and false statistics about the state of the Greek economy  for many years before Europe. But George Alkeos says "Kindle the past and start afresh" – a promise, which the government of PASOK gave, but let us see if it will implement it?!

For the foreigners, of course, remained "Everybody say OPA"

Balkan rhythms and songs conquered the audience in Oslo as the first semi-finals proved to be successful performances of our neighbors from Serbia and Albania. The Serbian song "We are Balkans” performed by the gentle boy with strange hair Milan Stankovic also fell in the list of finalists. The music was of indispensable Goran Bregovic, which combined with the sweet stage presence of Milan proved to be successful and Saturday, May 29 will be fighting for the first place with George Alkeos. Albania on the other hand surprised viewers with a dynamic dance-pop song "It's All About You" performed by Juliana Pasha with at taste of the 80s, which has all the prerequisites to become a summer hit as many of the songs that participated in the Eurovision Song Contest over the years.

When listing the ranks after the first semifinals there is no way that it is not mentioned about  the guy with the guitar from Belgium Tom Dais, who at the beginning of the  music performance seemed to be lost and mistakenly ended up on the stage of Eurovision. Clearly a follower of Bob Dylan the young Daisen faced the audience in the hall and the viewers across Europe and performed the song "Me and my guitar", which as it turns out later that it had moved a lot of Europeans, because also qualified for the finals of the competition.

Moldova is ranked with the song "Run Away", and the performers were wearing suits kind of  modest and bored style Lady Gaga. The Russian song "Lost And Forgotten" by Peter Nalchik was such a surprise, that when the performance ended the audience did not made a single sound, but still qualified. Bosnia and Herzegovina agreed to submit the song "Thunder & Lighting" obviously written by some devotees of the Scorpions, because the guitar solo reminded inexorably the German rock veterans. The eighteen years old Philip Azhuverdo from Portugal performed heartfelt ballad that conquered the hearts of viewers and got the chance to fight for the first place. Iceland got out the heavy artillery and provided a powerful dance piece, which won the applauses everybody present in the hall and the votes of the television fans of Eurovision. Last but not least are the young boys and girls from "3 +2" from Belarus, who were dressed in evening dresses and also performed another heartfelt ballad titled "Butterfly." Just before the audience carried away the girls from the group opened large butterfly wings on their dresses and won a place to fight in the finals of Eurovision.

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