Greece confirmed their Eurovision 2016 participation to wiwibloggs on August 31, and since then rumours have swirled that ERT will bypass a national selection and choose internally. While we wait for clarification, let’s ponder these 10 artists who could slay for Greece in 2016.
Kostas succeeded Maria Elena Kyriakou as the winner of the Greek version of “The Voice”. Incredibly talented, he loves traditional music and ethnic sounds — a formula that has worked well for Greece at Eurovision, as seen most recently with Koza Mostra. Bonus: If Greece goes for an internal selection, they can rest assured that the winner of “The Voice” will be a popular choice. He’s already won over the public once before!
Despina Vandi is a coach of “The Voice of Greece” and was the woman behind Maria Elena Kyriakou when she won the show. Miss Vandi is a huge personality in Greek music and she actually hosted the Greek National Final for Eurovision in 2013 and 2014. As her co-host and commentator for Eurovision Giorgos Kapoutzidis said during the 2013 National Final, “ERT has participated in Eurovision 32 times. Forty of those times, they asked Vespina Vandi to represent them and she said no.” Maybe it’s about time she says yes…
Thomai Apergi rose to fame in 2013 after participating in Eurosong, the Greek National Final. She competed again last year, but lost out to Maria-Elena. Her style combines Greek tradition with jazz — or, as she says, “Jazz & Sirtaki“.
The hip-shaking diva who covered Nadav Guedj with “Golden Girl“ wouldn’t be a bad choice for Greece. Eleni previously participated in the 2011 National Final and, owing to her strong look and fierce vocals, her name always circulates in the rumour mill. Who knows? Maybe this year the rumors will come true…
The very talented Melina Aslanidou has earned a huge following as a coach on “The Voice”. She’s the girl next door, but with sexy, smokey vocals that appeal to teens and men alike. Her long career and experience means an audience of 195 million won’t faze her.
Shaya brings a lot of flavour. The Danish-Guyanese-Indian-Greek singer finished third at Eurosong 2015 and immediately promised that she would try again. It’s only a matter of time before she brings the “Sunshine” for Greece at ESC. PS: Nice shake!
The singer-actor-TV presenter Kostas Martakis has already tried to represent Greece twice: in 2008 and 2014, competing with a song written by Ilias Kozas, the lead singer of Koza Mostra, the second time around. Third time’s a charm?
Eleonora Zouganeli hes everything ERT is looking for: a great voice, versatility and a decent look. Some have suggested it’s impossible that we will ever she the diva at Eurovision, but “Hope Never Dies”.
Tamta, a Greek-Georgian starlet, made a go at Eurovision in 2008, coming up short in the national final. She has also claimed that her record label wanted her to sing at Eurovision instead of Maria-Elena, but she apparently missed the deadline (ya know, hair appointments and stuff). In any case, her song “Unloved” was a more modern, thrusting song than “One Last Breath”.
How could our “Number One” miss this wishlist? She just couldn’t! If anyone can secure Greece a good placing, it’s definately the unflappable Greek goddess that is Miss Helena Paparizou. She is the total package and the fact that she entered Melodifestivalen last year means she is willing to try again.
So what do you think? Who do YOU want to see competing for Greece at Eurovision 2016?