Greece crashed out of the Eurovision semi-finals for the first time ever in Stockholm. But being one of the most successful nations in the contest since the semis were introduced, they’re not giving up. Instead it seems that they are formulating plans to stage a national final for Eurovision 2017.
ERT, Greece’s public broadcaster, only confirmed participation a few weeks ago. But it looks like things are progressing quickly. They’re reportedly going to send invitations to a host of interested artists to gage their seriousness. Crucially, more people will be involved in this year’s selection and they’re unlikely to choose behind-closed-doors.
Speaking to music website mikrofwno.gr, Panagiotis Tsolias, ERT’s Corporate Communications and Press Manager, said:
In ten days, we’ll have a full image of what we are going to do. We’re in the process of contacting many artists that have shown interest. We only decided that we are going to participate twenty days ago. So in the next days we will also decide how our act will be selected. There’ll probably be some candidates and a national selection show, as happened for years.
Unfortunately, Mr. Tsolias also said that there is no truth in the rumours that have been swirling about particular artists in recent months. That’s bad news for anyone who was hoping that Demy would be selected, then…
It seems that ERT would be in charge of the national final. The president of ERT, Dionisis Tsaknis (who selected Argo last year), says that no private broadcaster will take the responsibility of organising a selection. Previously, MAD TV hosted the Greek national final Eurosong.
Greece has, of course, used many selection formats in the past: internally selecting their artist but hosting a NF for the song; selecting a specific record label that then selected the acts to participate in the NF; and sending open invitations to record labels to submit one entry each. The format of this year’s national final remains unclear.
For now all we can do is wait and see what Greece decides. But at least we can take comfort in knowing they are thinking this through and are keen to get back to the final.
What do you think? Is Greece headed in the right direction? Or are you worried we’ll end up with Argo 2.0?