ERT has announced it will use an internal selection to find Greece‘s act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
The news, announced tonight by the Greek state broadcaster, means there’ll be no national final for the fourth consecutive year.
As OGAE Greece reports, ERT will rely on jury of music experts to find a candidate to send to Tel Aviv in May.
Greece will choose artist first, then song for Eurovision
ERT has also revealed work for the selection is already underway:
“We are discussing with several artists at the time but no more details can be revealed.”
Maria Koufopoulou, Director of International Relations of ERT, also said they’ll find a singer first and then a song for them, “based on the music style of the singer.”
Dimitris Papadimitriou to chair jury
The only confirmed jury member so far is Dimitris Papadimitriou. He composed the opening music and act for Eurovision 2006, and will serve as this year’s artistic director for the Greek delegation.
ERT will announce further jury members in due course.
The broadcaster’s decision may be motivated by a “rollercoaster” road to Eurovision last year.
Instead four out of five acts were disqualified, in two sets of two, and Yianna Terzi became Greek act by default. Her ill-fated ethnic ballad “Oniro Mou” failed to qualify from the semi-finals in Lisbon.
Despite that experience, the “Oniro Mou” songstress has not ruled out singing for Greece in the future, so perhaps ERT won’t have to look far this year.
One Greek star we can rule out is Tamta. That’s because she’ll sing “Replay” for Greek rivals Cyprus instead.
Recent internal selections have produced mixed results for Greece. Yianna failed to qualify last year, as did Argo in 2016, but Demy made it out of the semis in 2017.
Whether this year’s Greek act will benefit from competing in an “odd” year remains to be seen.
Photo Credit: EBU
Comments on this post are now closed.