Until Eurovision 2016, Greece was one of the few countries that maintained a perfect 100% qualification record from the semi-finals. But this year Argo failed to reach the final with “Utopian Land”, leaving a nation of Eurofans mourning. The devastating result forced ERT, Greece’s national broadcaster, to hit reboot and adopt a totally different approach. And now it seems that the first step has been taken.
Epsilon TV reports that the broadcaster is in talks with Demy — real name Dimitra Papadea — to sing at Eurovision 2017. The news follows years of rumours, which ERT has consistently denied, that Demy was poised to sing at the contest.
The site also reports that the network has approached noted songwriter and producer Dimitris Kontopoulos and Eurovision stage direction whiz Fokas Evaggelinos. And Demy herself has confirmed that she wants to take on the project.
“The truth is that we haven’t had an official discussion to take the decision yet. As I’ve collaborated with both men in the past and we’re close to each other, we’ve admitted that we want to do this. I kept saying that I’m not ready, and I won’t do it unless I’m feeling ready and the time is right. I do want a good team to take the task. It would be a honour to me.”
Demy also said that she would love a song containing both English and Greek lyrics. Lady can werk that tongue!
The talented artist is a favourite of every Greek Eurofan — and the team at wiwibloggs.
She has represented Greece twice at wiwivision, coming 20th in the grand final last year with “Rodino Oneiro”.
Dimitris Kontopoulos and Fokas Evaggelinos
In case you don’t know, these two men are among Greece’s brightest exports to Eurovision.
Mr Kontopoulos has composed many hits, including Farid Mammadov’s “Hold Me” and Sakis Rouvas’ “This Is Our Night”, and he produced Ani Lorak’s “Shady Lady”.
In 2016, he and Phillip Kirkorov composed “You Are The Only One”, the Russian entry that went on to win the televote at Eurovision. He has said publicly that Demy could win the whole contest.
Fokas Evaggelinos is one of the most successful directors at Eurovision. He oversaw Eurovision 2006 in Athens, as well as the stage direction for some of the most memorable Eurovision songs ever: “My Number One”, “Shake It”, “Believe Me”, “Shady Lady”, “This Is Our Night” and “My Only One”.
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