Eleni Foureira: “There must be a reason why the people at ERT didn’t select me”

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She’s one of Greece’s biggest popstars and her name is rarely far from Eurofans’ lips. But judging from a recent interview, Eleni Foureira won’t be heading to Eurovision anytime soon.

Speaking on local television, the songstress opened up about her crushed song contest dreams. “Eurovision is a painful story”, she tells the interviewer, “but everything’s fine”.

And while the diva claims to bear no ill will, “I wish whoever goes to Lisbon well”, the Greek broadcaster’s actions leave her puzzled. “There must be a reason why the people at ERT didn’t select me”, she says, “everything happens for a reason”. She concludes by insisting that “there is no problem, it’s fine”. The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

Eleni doesn’t elaborate further, so we don’t know if she entered or considered entering Greece’s revamped selection process for Eurovision 2018.

You can watch the interview below, with the Eurovision comments coming near the end.

Eleni has a rich history with Eurovision, and even enjoyed a massive chart hit with her cover of Nadav Guedj’s “Golden Boy”.

However, her relationship with the song contest stretches back almost a decade. Foureira made her first appearance at the Greek national final in 2010, when she featured as a guest vocalist on Manos Pyrovolakis’s entry “Kivotos tou Noe”. It came second to Giorgos Alkaio’s “OPA”.

In 2013, Eleni performed an iconic version of “Wild Dances”, duetting with none other than Ruslana. The two divas gave great hairography, and the association with Eleni and Eurovision was strengthened.

Most years, Eleni’s name comes up as a potential act for Greece — and we’ve even featured her in a wishlist or two.

In January 2016, Eleni was reported as saying she’d be very happy to represent Greece at Stockholm, but that ERT were looking for a different type of artist and song that year. Argo certainly took the country in a new direction, securing Greece its first ever non-qualification.

Shortly after the contest, Eleni released her rejected entry “Come Tiki Tam”.

Eleni might have ruled out a trip to Lisbon, but plenty more Greek artists are eager to follow in Demy’s footsteps. The deadline for submissions has been extended until tomorrow, 27 October.

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What do you make of Eleni’s comments? Is ERT treating her unfairly? Or would you rather see someone else flying the Greek flag at Eurovision. Let us know in the comments below.

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