Leea Nanos captured Australia’s hearts in February, performing “Set Me Free” in Eurovision: Australia Decides. The performance marked her arrival on the Australian music scene and she is already looking ahead. Leea wants to build on her national final appearance by also making it to the Eurovision stage. And she hopes to do so by representing Greece, the country of her ancestry.
“Set Me Free” — Leea Nanos
Leea teased the idea of representing Greece in 2020 back in May, just as Eurovision 2019 got into full swing. She touted the idea on social media through a post on Instagram, with the hashtag #leeaforgreece2020. The post was met with overwhelming support in the comments, for which Leea is extremely grateful.
Speaking to wiwibloggs about the idea, she told us:
“I would be honoured to represent Greece for Eurovision 2020, to have the chance to represent Australia this year was a dream! My family are from Greece and so am I. My yia yia is currently unwell and I really want to do it for her. [Representing Greece] would be unreal and I’m so grateful.”
Greece at Eurovision
Greece has certainly had mixed fortunes of late, alternating between qualification and non-qualification. After eight consecutive Top 10 finishes between 2004 and 2011 — including Helena Paparizou’s win in 2005 — the nation has fallen into darker times at Eurovision. They haven’t finished in the Top 10 since 2013 and are looking to turn their fortunes around.
Greek broadcaster ERT is certainly not adverse to broadening its horizons and unearthing talent from the Greek diaspora. Eurovision 2008’s second runner-up Kalomira was born and raised in the United States while 2007 representative Sarbel was born in the United Kingdom. More recently, Eurovision 2019 representative Katerine Duska hails from Montreal, Canada. If selected, Leea would also join a long list of Greek representatives from the diaspora.
What do you think of Leea Nanos wanting to represent Greece? Do you think Greece should take a chance on the teenager from Down Under? Let us know in the comments below.