For some time now the rumour mill has suggested that Greece will go internal for Eurovision 2016. Mounting evidence suggests the theory is true.
For starters, the Greek singer Mariza Rizou recently revealed that ERT asked her to participate in Eurovision 2016, but she declined the offer.
“I was asked to do so this year,” she said. “I seriously discussed the matter with several people in ERT, because they have really good intentions and they want to change the whole style for the better, but I finally decided that I don’t feel like going to Eurovision right now.”
Among other things, Mariza is known for her 2013 album “Sweet Morning,” which helped define her jazz-pop sound.
Her quote suggests that ERT is keen to get back to the top of ESC, and lends credence to reports that it has already approached a variety of artists — from lesser-known upstarts to well-established stars.
Their names remain shrouded in secrecy. Eurovisionary reports that ERT is in contact with “a young male artist who is an actor, singer and songwriter” who released his first album this year. He has reportedly submitted songs to ERT already.
It’s no surprise that fans in Greece — the birthplace of democracy — are peeved about the apparent internal selection. Yet many are holding out hope that a national final featuring unknown participants could still take place.
Little is clear and the rumour mill will only keep churning. But one thing we can be sure of: an official announcement is unlikely to come until late in January 2016.
So, what do you think? Should ERT go internal or opt for a National Final? Who could that mysterious man be? Let us know below…