As Greece prepares for its upcoming legislative election on September 20, ERT, the Greek public broadcaster, is getting ready for Eurovision 2016, according to a report from Enimerosi24.
The report, which is detailed on iNewsgr.com, says that ERT’s Board of Directors met recently to decide on 10 important issues, including Greece’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Item #9 suggests there is tacit approval to participate at Eurovision: the item makes provisions for a national selection contest. It reads:
“ERT’s Board has approved hosting a National Final for the 61st Eurovision Song Contest”.
Just a few days ago ERT told wiwibloggs that it was too early for the network to decide on whether it would participate in the contest. If the reports emerging out of Greece are true, then things have moved on rather quickly.
We don’t yet know what form this National Final will take, or when it will take place. ERT has not yet responded to wiwibloggs’ query — it’s the weekend, y’all — but we will update you as soon as we hear back.
In all likelihood, the public broadcaster ERT will collaborate with the private channel MAD TV in the form of Eurosong 2016, which has been a tradition since 2013. A private network, in conjunction with record labels, foots the bill, and the public gets its Eurovision singer. Win-win.
So, what do you think? Do you want to see Greece at Eurovision 2016? Should it choose internally or stage a selection show?