After months of rumours and speculation, Greece has finally joined the list for Eurovision 2017. Broadcaster ERT has confirmed Greece’s participation in Kyiv, one of the last countries to do so.
This marks the first official confirmation that Greece will participate in Eurovision 2017. Earlier in the year, rumours in the Greek media suggested that work was underway on Greece’s plans for Kyiv.
Speaking to wiwibloggs, Panagiotis Tsolias, ERT’s Manager of Corporate Communications, said:
“The only thing ERT has decided at this point is that Greece is going to participate in Eurovision 2017, as every other year. We are yet to decide how we will choose our representative for 2017, set our contest goal and so on. It is too early for all these details right now, but everything will be done in time.”
The president of ERT — who was responsible for internally selecting Argo last year — is no longer in charge of Greece’s Eurovision efforts.
That role has gone to ERT’s CEO, Lambis Tagmatarhis.
Greece’s method of selecting their act for Kyiv is not known at this stage.
In 2016, Greece internally selected their act, while in previous years, Greece used a national final. And if October seems too late to start organising a national final — in recent years, details of the national final weren’t revealed until well into the new year!
Until recently, Greece was one of the most successful countries at modern Eurovision, winning in 2005, placing third three times since 2001, and usually placing in the top 10.
But since 2014, Greece has always placed on the wrong end of the scoreboard. In Stockholm, Argo’s ethno hip-hop “Utopian Land” failed to qualify for the grand final — a first for Greece. No doubt the pressure is on ERT to restore Greece’s reputation at Eurovision.
Rumours have suggested Greek singer Demy is being seriously considered by the broadcaster. Demy herself has said she is interested, but added, “I won’t do it unless I’m feeling ready and the time is right”.
Or could it be a previous Greek Eurovision act? 2005 winner Helena Paparizou has said she’s not ruling out a Eurovision return, explaining, “If the song is good, I’ll go.” While 2013 act Koza Mosta have said they have no plains to return to Eurovision.
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