For the first time since 2008, Greece will send a contestant to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest! Exciting news, innit?
Financial difficulties forced them out of the competition, but a renewed enthusiasm for the show is bringing them back. Here’s what Greece’s state TV channel said when confirming its participation last week:
On recommendation of the Board President & CEO and the interactive discussion that followed, the Governing Council shall act unanimously on underwriting commitments remaining for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision Young Musicians and Eurovision Song Contest, after the initial signatories for contracts by public service broadcast.
Greece started signalling that it might rejoin the contest last year when it decided to broadcast the 2013 competition.
This makes Greece the eighth country to confirm their participation in this year’s contest, which will take place in November on the sunny island of Malta.
Greece has a mixed track record at JESC. The Greeks finished last back in 2007 with 14 points with the pre-teen brides you can see in the video above. (Bless them, we blame their parents). Considering that everyone gets a friendly 12 points as a welcoming gift from the EBU, it was a rather shocking result. They only managed to get two points from Cyprus.
Greece won’t be alone with its return to the JESC stage. Romania is extremely likely to return, and there has been strong indication that Iceland will make its debut. Despite initial suggestions of participation due to financial returns it seems unlikely Ireland will be debut. Germany have ruled out participation for this year and although Italy expressed an interest in debuting nothing has been confirmed as yet.
Are you excited about Athens’ return to the contest? What other countries are you hoping will return or debut?