Greece’s national final is turning out to be one of the most mysterious of the 2018 season. Broadcaster ERT has barely said a word, but local media is full of reports from the selection process. Now Newsit.gr is reporting that a rough timeframe has been set for the grand final — sometime in early February.
The last time we checked in, Greek media was reporting that three acts had been shortlisted for the national final. They are:
- Areti Ketime with “Min ksehnas ton ilio”” (Don’t forget the sun)
- Chorostalites with “Apo tin Thraki os tin Kriti” (From Thrace to Crete)
- Gianna Terzi with “To oneiro mou” (My dream)
Two other songs were originally also on the shortlist but were disqualified for not meeting the entry criteria for a traditional Greek music style. The unlucky songs were Duo Fina’s popera song “Idio Tempo” (Same Tempo) and Tony Vlahos‘ jazz number “Baila Jazz”.
The three shortlisted acts are still in the running. The next step is for broadcaster ERT to meet with representatives from the acts’ respective record labels. This will ensure that the artists are available for all the necessary performance and promotional duties involved in being a Eurovision representative.
These meetings will take place in early January and the commitment will be confirmed by a signed agreement.
Once the acts have been confirmed, the national final will then be scheduled sometime in early February. The final is expected to be held at ERT’s studio. The winner of the national final will be decided by televote alone.
Greece at Eurovision
Greece was a powerhouse country of the 2000s. In the decade from 2004 to 2013, Greece made the top ten nine times, finished third twice and won the contest in 2005.
But in the past four years, things haven’t been so great. In the grand final, Greek acts have placed 19th twice and 20th once. In 2016, traditional Greek/rap group Argo failed to make the grand final. This was the first time Greece missed the grand final since the introduction of the semi-final era.
Last year Greece send major pop star and fan favourite Demy. She performed “This is Love”, co-written by “dream team” member Dimitris Kontopoulos, with a performance choreographed by Fokas Evangelinos. However, despite the stellar team, Greece could only manage a disappointing 19th place.
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