Roughly two weeks ago the Greek government, currently facing a financial crisis, announced that it was shutting down its state broadcaster ERT. Immediately Eurovision fans began to worry about how will this affect Greek participation in the contest. Sadly, things look pretty bleak.

ERT was the only broadcaster in Greece that was a full member of the EBU, which is a requirement for participation in the contest. With the broadcaster shut down, that leaves Greece without a full EBU member station. In technical terms that means they can’t participate in the future. Another sad consequence is that 2,850 people are now without work in an economy where the forecast is as bad as Rambo Amadeus’ vocal ability.

Helena Paparizou won for Greece in 2005.
Helena Paparizou won for Greece in 2005.

Greece is a perennial favorite among Eurovision fans, reflected by their success in the new century of Eurovision. Beginning with the band Antique in 2001, Greece has enjoyed a flurry of good results, and is one of the few countries that has never been eliminated in the semi finals. Greece won the entire contest in 2005 with Helena Paparizou, (sometimes spelled Elena, does it really matter people?), and her spicy ethnic piece “My Number One”.

However Greece isn’t invincible, as Carola would howl (with wind blowing her full force), with Eleftheria Eleftheriou coming in 17th in 2012 with her song “Aphrodisiac”. That was a 9-year low for the country. Apparently generic doesn’t go down well with voters. But the Greeks regained their stride this year, coming in 6th place with Koza Mostra & Agathonas Iakovidis. Maybe cute Greek guys in man skirts is the new ticket for a good result? San Marino should take note ASAP.

Eleftheria Eleftheriou
Eleftheria’s aphrodisiac was defective: She only finished 17th at ESC 2012

A Greek absence would certainly leave a sad hole in future contests, but there appears to be a sliver of hope. It has been said that a “scaled down” version of ERT will be introduced after the summer, possibly keeping Greece in the contest. (Perhaps a lower budget means the man skirts will get even shorter). Nothing official has been confirmed yet. But I, along with countless other Eurovision fans, will keep my fingers crossed for good news!

Our readers are certainly optimistic. Here are the results of our recent poll which asked whether y’all think Greece will participate in 2014.

Will Greece Take Part in 2014?
Hells to the YES! Greece ain’t going nowhere: 184 votes, 60.93%
Unfortunately not. They don’t got no money or public broadcast support: 118 votes, 39.07%

Zachary Cook is Wisconsin-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com. Follow him on Twitter @CheerZach. Then follow the team from wiwibloggs.com on Twitter at @wiwibloggs and like our Facebook page to keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip.

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David Thielen
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My bet is Greece will be there next year. The Greeks are awesome at muddling through.

Fikri
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Fikri

cyprus should take advantage of this and steal all those great greek artists to represent them instead.

Mike
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Mike

Maybe it’s better Greece is not in ESC 2014. The European diaspora is becoming too much this years. Remember that when Turkey and Bosnia were in Malmö we maybe would be back in the Crystal hall in Baku and mister Mammadov was not a very good singer…

Maybe it’s time for an Western- and an Eastern-Europe ESC! It would be a better decision for good songs from the West and the comeback for countries like Luxembourg and Monaco!

Alex
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Alex

“San Marino should take note ASAP” – I don’t think any other country would have so much succes with those songs unless it’s Greece. Think about it. Would San Marino qualify in the Final with “Alcohol Is Free” and men in kilts? Well, I don’t think so…

Anyway, I believe that Greece should take part in ESC 2014. And it doesn’t matter how greeks will manage to do that. 🙂

Geraldine
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Geraldine

Greece brings the exact same song to Eurovision every year. I like the consistency 🙂 If they leave that will be a huge hole to fill. But I think passion for ESC is so high in Greece that they will cut the budget elsewhere so they can still send a contestant