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Eurovision Contestants 2015: Greece

You've got to admire Greece and its strategic thinking: Choosing Maria Elena Kyriakou, a Cyprus-born singer, to represent the country is a very clever move indeed, and one that will without a doubt secure Athens a minimum of 12 points from the island. Ha, take that Angela Merkel! Of course, you could also be a killjoy and say it's pointless since Cyprus always gives Greece 12 points anyway ...

So, Maria Elena Kyriakou. A qualified teacher and divorced mother of three, she lives between Greece and Cyprus and runs a private tutoring program. Similarly to other candidates in this year's Eurovision, she took part in the Greek version of The Voice in 2014 and won the contest.

In Kyriakou's own words, her song "One Last Breath" is about love, heartbreak and is "very meaningful" to her. But news junkies like this writer will tell you that the song can also be interpreted as a barely hidden swing at Greece's creditors for the deadly austerity policies they've imposed. You be the judge.

Our vote:

Does it make you want to visit that country? 1.25/10

Was there enough glitter? 4.75/10

Ok to quit your day job? 1.75/10

OVERALL AVERAGE: 2.58/10

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