Christmas has just come early, with the announcement that Greece WILL be at Eurovision 2015. The land of Sakis and Helena has developed a habit of keeping us on the edge of our seats when it comes to participation, and this year was no exception.
Of course all the uncertainty stems from the status of their new state broadcaster NERIT. The station rose from the ashes of the ERT and they were only permitted to participate in last year’s contest due to a special dispensation from the EBU. As recently as October Greek tabloids were reporting that Greece would be absent from Vienna, due to NERIT’s inability to obtain active EBU membership. Ever since, Eurofans have had their fingers crossed for a Greek miracle.
And their prayers have finally been answered. Earlier today, the EBU’s General Assembly agreed to awrard NERIT full membership, and by default the 39th ticket to Vienna.
“We’re glad to have Greece joining the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Their dedication to the biggest music event in the world has been impressive throughout the years.” says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the contest.
Are y’all happy that the Greeks will be back? Can they “Rise Up” from last year’s disappointing result?