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  • Writer's pictureSamuel Lee

Greece: Marina Satti releases her Eurovision 2024 song 'Zari'

Greek Eurovision 2024 entrant Marina Satti has released her entry for the contest titled 'Zari' which translates to 'Dice' in English. The song premiered in a special TV show on Greek channel ERT1, which also broadcasts Eurovision, on Thursday night Greek time. Marina was announced as Greece's performer at the contest on October 24 last year.

The music video features the iconic Greek site the Acropolis which Greek City times describes as highlighting not only "Greece's rich cultural heritage but also promises a visually captivating performance at Eurovision."

Filming at the ancient Acropolis along with the many scenes in the modern city of Athens almost serves as a metaphor for the musical style of 'Zari' and Marina's repertoire in general. Greece's entrant is well known for fusing traditional Greek sounds with modern elements. This diversity is also reflected in the songwriting line-up for 'Zari' which consists of a mixture of Greek and foreign composers. They are: Gino the Ghost, Jay Lewitt Stolar, Jordan Richard Palmer, Konstantin Palmenov Beshkov, Marina Satti, Nick Nodonas, OGE, Solmeister, and Vlospa.

The task of staging this unique entry lies with well-known choreographer and director Fokas Evangelinois, who will be the artistic director of Marina's Eurovision performance. He has previously been stage director for many iconic Eurovision performances including Helena Paparizou's 'My Number One' in 2005 which won for Greece, Ani Lorak's 'Shady Lady' in 2008 for Ukraine, and Amanda Tenfjord's 'Die Together' in 2022 for Greece.

Meanwhile, this year's contestant Marina joins a long line of Greek Eurovision entrants, with the Mediterranean nation making its debut 50 years ago in 1974, the same year Sweden's ABBA won. It took 31 years though for the country to win for the first time in 2005 with Helena Paparizou's 'My Number One.' 2004 to 2013 was the golden era of Greece at Eurovision, with the country only failing to reach the top ten once during this period. In more recent years Greece's fortunes at the contest have waned, with three non-qualifications including last year's entrant Victor Vernicos with 'What They Say'. Marina will be hoping to turn this form around.

Greece will perform in the first half of the second semi-final at Eurovision 2024 on May 9.

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