Greece: ERT reportedly hosting their national selection in late February

Last year Greece’s internal selection for Eurovision 2016 ended with the country’s first-ever elimination in the semi-finals.

Hoping to restore its Eurovision glory, Greece’s ERT hit the drawing board and decided to stage a national final for Eurovision 2017.

Now sources close to the broadcaster say that the show will likely take place in February.

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According to Makis Charalampopoulos —the vice president of Greek fan club INFE Greece — the broadcaster wants to raise audience numbers for Eurovision following last year’s flop. With no Greece in the final, many Greeks opted not to watch. The show will take place in late February, but details won’t be revealed until January.

Greece has traditionally held a national final with between three and six artists. In recent years, private station MAD TV collaborated in the production. As we previously reported, it’s unlikely they will participate this time around, meaning ERT will produce the show on its own for the first time since 2012.

Potential entrants

Mr. Charalampopoulos also explains that ERT is considering inviting music labels to send artists to the final — as it has done in the past. But there’s also the possibility that the broadcaster will ask artists of its own choosing directly.

Perhaps the biggest name currently rumoured to participate is Helena Paparizou. The country’s first Eurovision winner has said that she is keen to take up the gig for a third time. She sang at Melodifestivalen just three years ago, and successfully survived to the final. But now the diva wants to wave the Greek flag again!

Helena Paparizou – Melodifestivalen 2014 interview

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