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ⓘ Supergirl, Stefania song. Supergirl is a song recorded by Greek-Dutch singer Stefania, digitally released on 1 March 2020. It was written by Dimitris Kontopoulo ..




Supergirl (Stefania song)
                                     

ⓘ Supergirl (Stefania song)

Supergirl is a song recorded by Greek-Dutch singer Stefania, digitally released on 1 March 2020. It was written by Dimitris Kontopoulos, lyricist Sharon Vaughn, and production team Arcade. The song was intended to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 before the events cancellation due to the pandemic of the coronavirus disease 2019 and its spread throughout the world. Stefania had been internally selected as the countrys representative by Greek public broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation.

The track is a dance-pop song that encourages teenagers to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams. For promotion, Stefania released a music video of the song and appeared on talk shows in both Greece and the Netherlands.

                                     

1. Background and composition

On 3 February 2020, during a Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation ERT newscast, Stefania was announced as the Greek entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song "Supergirl". "Supergirl" was written by Dimitris Kontopoulos, lyricist Sharon Vaughn, and production team Arcade, consisting of Anastasios Rammos, Diverno, Gabriel Russell and Pavlos Manolis. The song and its accompanying music video were released on 1 March 2020, during ERTs premiere of Eurovision Song Contest - Final Countdown, hosted by Mihalis Marinos. Given that Stefania was the youngest artist ever selected to represent Greece, at 17, Kontopoulos stated that it was difficult to find the right song for her, as he sought one that would fit both her age and personality. In a press release, ERT described "Supergirl" as an "up-tempo pop song with ethnic elements", while Stefania added that its "a dance pop song in true Ariana Grande style". ERT also described that the song encourages teenagers to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams, inspired by Stefanias daily struggles to combine her duties as a student while pursuing her dream of singing.

                                     

2. Music video and promotion

The music video was released at the same time as the premiere of the song on 1 March 2020. Konstantinos Karydas directed the video, which was filmed over a two day period at four locations in and around Athens. Karydas said:

"We created a story with surreal elements. We are following a young girl who finds the strength to embrace her specialty in a society that sees her as something foreign. It is a journey of exploration of power within it. The video comes to complement the song, which is dynamic and fresh. The whole team is made up of professionals, who in their field have given 100% to get a perfect result. We also had a great collaboration with Stefania, which surprised us with her hard work and acting skills".

The video portrays Stefania as a supernatural being with the ability to fly and use telepathy. Reluctant to exhibit her powers, she is seen helping a classmate avoid slipping on a banana and saves a cat from a tree. Throughout the video a classmate takes an interest in her and she eventually realizes that the "greatest power may well be love".

Stefania has since been featured in both print and broadcast media in Greece and her native Netherlands. She appeared on the popular Dutch talk show Jinek speaking of her excitement about participating in the contest and was subsequently featured in a cover shoot for Gala magazine. The Dutch broadcaster VPRO was also recording her for a documentary. In Greece, Stefanias promotion began a year prior with her performance of the song "Con Calma" at the MAD Video Music Awards in June 2019. In advance of Eurovision, ERT sought to see if Stefania and the Greek audience had a connection. Following her selection and appearance on Greek television, she found that the Greek paparazzi would follow her and fans began to recognise her, which Stefania called "a very funny experience". An unplugged version of the song was performed in late March as part of Kontopoulos initiative "Qsessions" during the COVID-19-related lockdown. It served as her first live performance of the song.

                                     

3. Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was originally scheduled to take place at Rotterdam Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands and consist of two semi-finals on 12 and 14 May, and a final on 16 May 2020. According to Eurovision rules, each country, except the host nation and the "Big 5", would have been required to qualify from one of two semi-finals to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final would have progressed to the final. On 28 January 2020, the allocation draw was held, placing "Supergirl" into the first half of the second semi-final. Fokas Evangelinos was hired to organize the staging and choreography for the performance. However, due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in Europe, the contest was cancelled on 18 March 2020. The EBU announced soon after that entries intended for 2020 would not be eligible for the following year, though each broadcaster would be able to send either their 2020 representative or a new one. ERT responded that its intention was to continue its cooperation with Stefania for the next contest in 2021.



                                     

3.1. Eurovision Song Contest Alternative song contests

Some of the broadcasters scheduled to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 have organised alternative competitions. Austrias ORF aired Der kleine Song Contest in April 2020, which saw every entry being assigned to one of three semi-finals. A jury consisting of ten singers that had represented Austria at Eurovision before was hired to rank each song; the best-placed in each semi-final advanced to the final round. In the third semi-final on 18 April, "Supergirl" placed seventh in a field of 13 participants, achieving 51 points. The song is also scheduled to participate in Sveriges Televisions Sveriges 12:a in May.

                                     

4. Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from YouTube.

Locations
  • Mastered at Sterling Sound Studios
  • Recorded at Vox Studios Athens, Greece
  • Mixed at Cinelab Studios Moscow, Russia
Personnel
  • Recording – Aris Binis
  • Mixing – Andrei Konoplev
  • Mastering – Chris Gehringer
  • Songwriting – Dimitris Kontopoulos, Arcade, Sharon Vaughn
  • Lead vocals – Stefania
  • Production – Dimitris Kontopoulos, Arcade

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