Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord representing Greece in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has placed in the top 10, sending Greece through to the grand final which will take place on Sunday, 15 May.
The semi-finals saw 17 countries compete in the 66th Eurovision Song Contest at Pala Olimpico Stadium in Turin, Italy.
‘Die Together’ is the name of the song that Georgiadi Tenfjord wrote alongside Bjørn Helge Gammelsæter.
Speaking recently about the meaning of the song, the singer said that “The title of the song may have a negative connotation. But if you listen carefully to the lyrics of the song you will realise that it is the anthem of absolute love.”
Georgiadi Tenfjord’s impressive long sheer white gown, was designed by Celia Kritharioti while movement on stage was directed by choreographer Fokas Evangelinos.
The stage was drenched in blue lighting for Georgiadi Tenfjord performance as she sang surrounded by scattered fallen chairs across the floor.
Mr Evangelinos told Greek national television ERT that Amanda’s simple presentation and loneliness on stage were purposefully done to “emphasise three elements: the absence, the toll and the grief of a separation”.
Amanda Georgiadi was born and raised in Greece’s Ioannina up until she was three-years-old. Her family then moved to Norway to a town called Tenfjord, so Amanda adopted the place for her stage name and she performs under the name Amanda Tenfjord. Outside of pursuing a career in music the 24-year-old studies medicine and has been doing her placement in a hospital for COVID-19 patients.
Australian singer Sheldon Riley will also be competing in this weekend’s Eurovision Song Contest final, with the song ‘Not the Same’.
Riley’s performance has enchanted professional juries in the competing countries who are scoring the songs, and the “tele-voting” TV audience, who watched on Friday (AEST).
Europe’s largest musical event will see 20 countries that competed in the semi-finals head into the final to meet the “big five” – France, Germany, Spain, the UK and Italy.
The “big five” (formerly big four) came about following a rule change in 2000 which gave the biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union a guaranteed spot in the final, regardless of their placement the previous year.
Outside of Greece and Australia, Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Moldova, The Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Romania and Serbia are in the final.
Last but not least, Ukraine successfully made it through with their Eurovision entry Stefania by the Kalush Orchestra, and also tipped to win this year’s musical extravaganza.
Cyprus’s Andromache performed Ela, at the semifinal on Friday morning (AEST) but did not manage to secure a spot at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin.
SBS will exclusively cover the event on SBS and SBS On Demand.
Prime-time broadcasts will air on Saturday May 14 at 8:30pm (AEST), and Sunday May 15 at 7:30pm (AEST).