Secret Combination (song)

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"Secret Combination"
Single by Kalomira
from the album Secret Combination
Released February 6, 2008 (2008-02-06)
(see release history)
Format Radio Single,
Digital download,
CD single
Recorded 2007-2008
Genre Laïko-pop, R&B
Length 3:00
Label Heaven Music, Catchy Tunes
Writer(s) Poseidonas Giannopoulos, Konstadinos Pantzis
Kalomira singles chronology
"Gine Mazi Mou Paidi"
(2006)
"Secret Combination"
(2008)
Please Don't Break My Heart
(2010)
Audio sample
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Greece "Secret Combination"
Secret Combination(cover 2).jpg
Eurovision Promotional Cover
Eurovision Song Contest 2008 entry
Country Greece
Artist(s) Kalomira
Language English
Composer(s) Konstantinos Pantzis
Lyricist(s) Poseidonas Giannopoulos
Finals performance
Semi-final result 1st
Semi-final points 156
Final result 3rd
Final points 218
Appearance chronology
◄ "Yassou Maria" (2007)   
"This Is Our Night" (2009) ►

"Secret Combination" is a song and CD single by Greek American singer Kalomira. It was Greece's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 and the first single released from Kalomira's fourth studio album titled Secret Combination the Album. It earned third place in the Eurovision final, finishing behind Russia and Ukraine, despite leading early in the final vote. Since the contest, the song has become a successful hit throughout Europe peaking at #1 in Greece and Cyprus, and reaching the top 40 singles in Turkey, Denmark, Sweden and Finland's download chart, all achieved as a result of digital sales alone. It also charted in Belgium, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

Background[edit]

It was officially released to the media and radios by ERT on February 6, 2008.[1] The song was Kalomira's entry in a three way race to be Greece's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. She battled both Chrispa and Kostas Martakis for the spot. The final decision was made on February 27, 2008 - Kalomira won, and after competing in the semi-final on 20 May 2008 she represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest final on 24 May in Belgrade, Serbia. Her song was performed 21st out of 25. Her and Kostas Martakis's songs were leaked onto the internet on February 3, three days before the official release, although the leaked versions were uncompleted demos.[2] The song was released as a digital download on February 12, 2008 and a CD single on March 28, 2008.[3] Kalomira has stated that she plans to record a Greek-language version of "Secret Combination" after the contest.[4]

Eurovision[edit]

National Final[edit]

Kalomira singing at the Greek National final in her JLO clothing.

Kalomira appeared on stage in a short J-Lo dress,[5] accompanied by four male back up dancers, two of which had appeared with Elena Paparizou in Kiev in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005. At the start of the show, the four dancers hold her up on top of themselves, while she is lying down. Later she comes down, and starts dancing with them. Each of the dancers has a letter painted under their undershirts and at the end of the song, they stand next to each other spelling the word "love". Kalomira won the National Final with 167,000 votes and for the first time in number of years, the media didn't doubt the result of the selection.[6]

Semi-final[edit]

Kalomira singing at the Eurovision Semi-final

Kalomira was scheduled to presented "Secret Combination" 19th (last) in the first semi-final on May 20, 2008. Konstantinos Pantzis, the composer, announced that there would be a few tweaks to the song for its appearance at Eurovision.[7] The changes included a new beat to the introduction and a few changes to the chorus. ERT announced that this new version would be presented to the European Broadcasting Union as the official version of the song.[8]

Kalomira performed 19th, the last act of the night. The stage show included new choreography, as well as Victoria Halkiti and Nektarios Georgiadis as backing vocalists.[9] There was also a large book on stage that Kalomira stepped out of when singing the lyrics "an open book". At the same moment, Kalomira changed her outfit converting it from a pink dress into a mini-silver skirt.[10] She wore clothes exclusively by J-Lo and managed to finish first receiving 156 points.

Final[edit]

Kalomira performed a repeat of her semi-final performance at the Eurovision Final held on May 24, 2008. She presented "Secret Combination" 21st on the night after Azerbaijan and before Spain. Having led initially in the voting, Kalomira finished in third place behind Russia and Ukraine, receiving 218 points. The song received 12 points from United Kingdom, Germany, Albania, San Marino, Cyprus and Romania. On the other hand, Latvia, Iceland, Portugal, Finland, Norway and Lithuania were the only countries that did not vote it in their top ten, thereby giving it no points. The British LGR radio station commented "Visually, the presentation was quite addictively enticing, with a stunningly gorgeous Kalomira, her singing/dance capabilities and her three acrobatic male dancers. The purple-heart gimmick carved out of the giant, life-sized book, proving ingenious".[11]

Music video[edit]

Kalomira Secret Combination video

The shooting lasted nearly twenty consecutive hours, and it was exhausting for Kalomira and for the team that worked under the guidance of director Kostas Kapetanidis.[12] The director decided to focus on the face of the young performer and so chose to do the shoot in a studio and not outdoors. Sometimes alone, sometimes flanked by dancers, Kalomira danced and sang while wearing clothes selected from the collection of J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez.[5][12] In some scenes of the video, impressive objects with bright colors such as a red Ducati motor bike, a huge disco ball, and big letters with the title of the song were used.[13] The choreography was by Svitailof Ivan and the styling was George Segredaki and Constantine Koutsomichou while the hair and make-up were overseen by Dimitris Giannetos.[12] Through the video clip, Kalomira reveals another side of: sexy, feminine, charming but always innocent and sweet in a quick clip of the montage. In the video edition, the song has changed a lot. On March 14, 2008, NET exclusively aired the official Eurovision video clip of Secret combination during their evening news at 20:00 CET.[14] International fans were able to watch through a satellite broadcast on ERT World.[14] Critical reaction to the song was mostly positive.[12]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Secret Combination" (Eurovision 2008 Mix) - 3:00
  2. "Secret Combination" (Mystic Soumka Mix) - 4:06
  3. "Secret Combination" (Electropop Mix) - 3:33
  4. "Secret Combination" (Backing Track Mix) - 3:00

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Greece February 6, 2008 Heaven Radio Single
February 12, 2008 Heaven Digital download
March 28, 2008 Heaven CD Single
Worldwide (iTunes) February 26, 2008 Heaven Digital download
Scandinavia June 25, 2008 Catchy Tunes[15] CD Single

Reception[edit]

Critical reaction to the song was mostly positive, with the entertainment reporter from BBC News Michael Osborn describing it as "a perky pop song with a definite Greek flavour."[16] The British LGR radio station described the song as a "infectiously catchy, ethno R&B song" and it stayed 6 weeks in radio's Top 20 Chart.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

The popularity of the single leading up to the Eurovision Song Contest, and the positive critical reception received, ensured the commercial success of "Secret Combination" as a CD and radio single in Greece and Cyprus. The song topped the Greek Singles Chart and Digital Singles Chart for two weeks, before being knocked-off by Madonna’s and Justin Timberlake’s "4 Minutes" to second place.

Elsewhere, "Secret Combination" was released solely as a digital download from February 26, 2008 , where the song became fairly successful in Europe considering it was never released physically nor to radio stations.

On national charts, "Secret Combination" peaked in the Finish Download Chart at #29 and entered many European singles charts, despite not having a physical release in those countries, thus charting on downloads alone. On 29 May 2008 the song debuted at #50 in the Swedish Top 60 Chart and peaked at #38 the following week. Additionally, on 30 May 2008 the song debuted at #29 on the Danish Singles Top 40 and in the Irish Singles Chart at #46. In the United Kingdom, the song debuted on the midweek chart at #33 but by 2 June 2008 had reached #71 in the week-end chart. Elsewhere in Europe, the song peaked at #18 in Turkey’s Billboard Top 20 Chart, at #19 in the Belgian Ultratip Chart due to digital sales and airplay (specifically, in Flanders).

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Belgium (Flanders) Singles Chart [17] 68
Canadian Airplay Chart [18] 331
Danish Singles Chart [19] 29
Finnish Download Chart [20] 29
Greek Billboard Singles Chart [21][22] 1
Irish Singles Chart [23] 46
Swedish Singles Chart [24] 38
Turkish Billboard Singles Chart [25] 18
UK Singles Chart [26] 71

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ERT announces date and venue for national final".  Oikotimes. Retrieved on January 23, 2008
  2. ^ "Two national final songs leaked on the web".  Oikotimes. Retrieved on February 11, 2008
  3. ^ "Η ΚΑΛΟΜΟΙΡΑ ΕΚΠΡΟΣΩΠΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ ΣΤΗ EUROVISIOΝ 2008" (in Greek).  Heaven Music. Retrieved on March 28, 2008.
  4. ^ "Greece: OGAE Serbia welcomes Kalomira" (in Greek).  ESCToday. Retrieved on April 22, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Kalomira (NF, 2008) in New York for J LO clothes".  Oikotimes. Retrieved on March 22, 2008
  6. ^ "High TV rates in Greece, poor televoting figures".  Oikotimes. Retrieved on March 18, 2008
  7. ^ "Η νέα έκδοση του Secret combination" (in Greek).  Eurovision-Greece. Retrieved on March 21, 2008.
  8. ^ "Greece: Eurovision Version of Secret Combination" (in Greek).  ESCToday. Retrieved on March 23, 2008.
  9. ^ "Kalomoira hails 3rd in EUROVISION! Well done to Greece!".  London Greek Radio. Retrieved on May 26, 2008.
  10. ^ Viniker, Barry (2008-02-27). "Tonight live: Greece decides Eurovision entry". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  11. ^ a b "'Secret Combination' storms into UK TOP 40". London Greek Radio. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-29. [dead link]
  12. ^ a b c d "Έτοιμο το videoclip!" (in Greek).  Eurovision-Greece. Retrieved on March 17, 2008.
  13. ^ "Greece 2008: Kalomoira - Secret Combination" (in Greek).  ESCToday. Retrieved on March 22, 2008.
  14. ^ a b "Official Eurovision video aired tonight".  ESCToday. Retrieved on March 23, 2008
  15. ^ Catchy Tunes
  16. ^ "Eurovision vote 2008: Top 10". BBC News. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  17. ^ 30 ULTRATIP
  18. ^ Canada - Top 40
  19. ^ Danish Top 40
  20. ^ Kalomira Latauslista Official Finnish Download Chart
  21. ^ Greek Top 50 Singles IFPI. Retrieved on May 11, 2008.
  22. ^ Billboard.com
  23. ^ Irish Top 50
  24. ^ Sweden Top 60 Singles
  25. ^ Billboard Türkiye Top 20 Accessed April 12, 2008 Archived March 30, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ UK Charts
Preceded by
"Yassou Maria" by Sarbel
Greek entry for the Eurovision Song Contest
2008
Succeeded by
"This Is Our Night" by Sakis Rouvas