The majority of countries competing at Eurovision 2014 have released details of their national selection contests and the roster of competing artists. Greece, however, does not seem to have its act together.
The national finals “EUROSONG 2014 – a MAD show” are rumoured to take place on the 3rd or 4th of March, which is later than in any previous year. But NERIT, the new Greek broadcaster charged with running the show, has not yet been created and is not currently broadcasting. It’s rumoured that the four competing songs will be announced on Monday. However, neither MAD TV nor HPRT have confirmed anything.
Kostas Martakis, one of the rumoured hopefuls, has revealed that he hasn’t found yet a song. This may mean that we won’t see him competing for the Greek trophy. Krystallia‘s participation, however, is certain.
Presumably, the show will once again hosted by George Kapoutzides and Despina Vandi, who won plaudits for their work last year. The latter will have to juggle responsibilities, as she is one of the four coaches on “The Voice of Greece”, the lives shows of which will have already started by then.
Another concern of the Greek media is the fact that NERIT/HPRT has not opened its doors to independent artists, but instead to music companies and record labels, who get the opportunity to field their singers. It’s understandable though. It’s the only way Greek TV can avoid having to pay for the contestant’s travel expenses and promotion. The record label will take care of all of that.
Less understandable is why state television has not provided the public with any information. People who contact the networks and ask whether they can apply are told that the shortlist has already been determined. Yet the channels are sharing nothing.
It is true that there is a lot more to be done, and NERIT has promised the EBU that it will start broadcasting by March. If this doesn’t happen, Greece will not be able to fly to Denmark.