Looking down the long road that leads to Eurovision 2020 in the Netherlands, we can already see plenty of twists and turns. And one surprise that we’d love to embrace is having a former Junior Eurovision star graduate to the stage in Maastricht or Rotterdam. And who better than Stefania Liberakakis — the 16-year-old who rose to fame as part of the Dutch JESC 2016 act Kisses?

As the last name suggests, Stefania is a Dutch singer of Greek descent. She represents a vision of Europe without borders and embodies the Eurovision theme of celebrating diversity. Our dream of this teen queen singing at the song contest isn’t built on wishes alone. The idea that she could be considered by ERT actually seems increasingly realistic.

First, she recently delivered her debut television performance at the MAD VMAs in Greece. The annual spectacle routinely welcomes Eurovision stars — past, present and future — and is a barometer of who is in favour with fans — and bigwigs — in Greece. At the most recent edition earlier this summer, Stefania performed on the same stage as 2019 acts Luca Hänni and Tamta, and 2018 fan favourite Eleni Foureira.

The Utrecht star performed an all-girl cover of Daddy Yankee’s “Con calma” with Ilenia Williams and Konnie Metaxa. But she had the honour of being the first to walk out, boldly strutting down the catwalk and announcing her name: STEFANIA. She was cool, confident and completely unfazed. “I know we don’t speak the same language,” she sang, “but I’m gonna let my body speak for me.”

Another reason this could actually happen? Because Greece frequently searches far and wide for its star, often turning to its global diaspora. Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou — a Swede of Greek descent — immediately springs to mind. But there’s also New York born Kalomira, who placed third back in 2008, and more recently 2019 fan favourite Katerine Duska, who was born in Montreal, Canada. One competition, many Greek goddesses.

Know yourself and slay at all times. Those are two key attributes that Stefania brings to the table. Her burgeoning career stems from vast experience. In 2016 she won one of three coveted spots in Kisses — the Dutch Junior Eurovision act — and went on to place eighth out of 17 countries at the contest in Malta. Their number showcased major potential in all three of the girls, who danced, sang and generally wowed the audience.

Since then she’s starred in two episodes of the hit NPO series Brugklas, a scripted reality series about students in junior high. And she’s set to play a leading role in the big-screen adaptation of Brugklas. Prior to all this Stefania had already competed on The Voice Kids as a nine-year-old, and sung in two seasons of the show Children for Children. Eurovision seems like a good step in her ongoing evolution.

As you can see from the MAD VMA performance, our girl is fresh, she knows how to connect with a Greek audience and she can work a bold colour palate. Most of all she’s got the talent to deliver an upbeat ethno-bop that so many of us Eurovision fans crave from Greece.

What do you think about all this? Should Greece consider Dutch star Stefania? Do you agree that she embodies a touching cross-cultural collab? Would you want her to work with the Dream Team like Sergey, Aisel and Demy before her? Shout it out in the comments below!

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Ffs
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Ffs

She can’t dance. All 3 are actually awful.

Ern
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Ern

Well, there is a new government in Greece now. The past government wasn’t very supportive of Eurovision, so let’s hope things will change with this new one.

Ideally, I think Greece should go with a male singer who is both popular and an experienced performer.

I hear Vangelis Kakouriotis’ name being thrown around. With the right song, he should do quite well I think.

Esc43
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Esc43

No… Eleni foureira should represent Greece

Azaad
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Azaad

I don’t think Eleni would ever represent Greece or compete ever again. Her doing the switch song kind of confirmed it. She’s possibly the most iconic runner up of the contest (save for Cliff Robertson, Olivia Newton John and obvs Verka) and let’s be honest, on a return, you’re far more likely to pull a Chiara than a Dima upon a return after placing second originally.

Joe
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Joe

*Cliff Richards. I think the Babushkis, Mocedades, and Mahmood are high on the memorable runner-up list as well (Olivia Newton-John also wasn’t runner-up – she finished fourth, while Italy’s Gigliola Cinquetti finished second, and she’s iconic in her own right as one of the handful of contestants to finish as both winner and runner-up in different contests.) (And while we’re on that: the other winners/runners-up are Lys Assia, Linda Martin, Elisabeth Andreassen, and Dima Bilan. There are a bunch who come close, but not quite: Isabelle Aubret, Udo Jurgens, Vicky Leandros, Anne-Marie David, Carola, Izhar Cohen, and Helena Paparizou also… Read more »

Azaad
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Azaad

Good point. My list wasn’t exhaustive- thanks for correcting me on Olivia Newton John, although it’s a marvel we remember any other contestants from the year of ABBA and Waterloo!

To be honest though, I can see Tamta possibly singing for Greece in the near future though…

Bobby Crush
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Bobby Crush

I don’t think the time is right for this woman.

Minerva
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Minerva

I’m not so sure about this one…she looks good but her singing didn’t win me over. At least from the video I watched above. And pop song? Considering Greece hasn’t done so well in recent years, even though some songs were quite good, I wonder if a pop song with a cute, young female is what they are looking for. I think Greece should stick to something different, of good quality like they did the last 2 years even though they din’t score high.

Lori
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Lori

Something like ”Stupid reasons” for sure! <3

Euronerd
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Euronerd

I’d love Leea Nanos to represent Greece!

FYROM
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FYROM

No thanks. Just because she is dutch doesnt mean she should go to ESC 2020. Greece should select an adult

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

She would defo be a good pick for Greece!
Btw, her dress on the pic is flawless <3

PP77
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PP77

With her Greece will flop result from 16 to 20 place in final, like they did with female singers from 2012,2017. Both good looking singers with weak live vocals.

LoveWave
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Back in your cave! But before you go back, listen to her live!

Azaad
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Azaad

Unlike Demy, she can sing well live! Speaking as someone who thought Greece’s qualification was undeserved that year. Moreover, given that Stefania’s well known in The Netherlands, she’ll be able to pull points from the Dutch televote.

I’m not passionately for or against her participation for Greece next year but objectively speaking she is not a bad choice.

Karlan
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Karlan

And how long is Greece and Cyprus going to send weak pink pop women? Let them send something good, in the spirit of Greece 2011.

Joe
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Joe

Sure!

Con calma
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Con calma

I would rather see Polina Bogusevich representing Russia since she is also 16 and eligibile to take part in the competition. A song similar to ”Wings” could bring another victory for Russia.

lucky
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lucky

I think that would be a good choice

Azaad
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Azaad

Since she’s based in The Netherlands, her performing in Rotterdam/Maastricht wouldn’t come with the whole “child having to miss school” or “child having to work so far away from home” issues that come with underage performers.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

I’d love to see her when she is a bit older, but Zena made it work so I think she could deliver too. Greece should seriously reconsider their approach to ESC, there was always something wrong with their entries since 2014:
14: vocals
15: overall experience: it was quite basic
16: song
17: vocals
18: staging
19: vocals (and staging to some extent)
If they manage to get it all right- which I think Stefania could achieve- then they’ll finally get to the hights at which they once were.

NickC
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NickC

2018 song was terrible. I knew it was a non qualifier the moment I heard it. There was nothing wrong with 2019 per se, it just did not work although it had all the right ingredients.

KESC
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KESC

I respect your opinion but how was the 2018 terrible? It was a very good ethnic song, but the staging and Yianna’s vocals partly destroyed all its chances.

As for their 2019 entry, it was again a really good song, but the staging was a bit confusing and Katerine’s vocals sounded kinda off. The backing vocalists didn’t do a good job either.

Azaad
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Azaad

I feel that Oniro Mou had the potential to do well or at least attain a respectable mid table result in the final when it was first released. However its lacklustre, non existent staging killed its chances.

I feel ERT lost all its drive to do well when Eleni was selected for Cyprus and they knew that most of the televote points Greece can easily rely upon would have gone to Cyprus, and once people started going crazy for Fuego they decided not to invest further in 2018 and stranded poor Yianna.

KESC
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KESC

Exactly, but it’s their own fault, I mean Fuego was actually considered as an entry for Greece and not for Cyprus. It was offered to ERT, but they declined the offer stating that they wanted something ethnic and Greek. Furthermore, both Eleni and Tamta always wanted to represent Greece at the contest, but ERT never chose them because of certain factors which we all know of. In the end, it was them who lost and Cyprus profited by that. I mean look at the results of both of them: 2019: Greece (21st) vs. Cyprus (13th) 2018: Greece (33rd) vs. Cyprus… Read more »

Azaad
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Azaad

True. It was karma that after rejecting Eleni on the grounds of her Albanian heritage (yes she’s not the best vocalist but Kalomira’s and Demy’s performances in Belgrade and Kyiv make Eleni sound like KMH) that Greece got their second worst ever place and non qualification whilst Cyprus got second overall.

Azaad
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Azaad

By the way, I think the tiebreaker rules mean that Deny placed 19th ahead of Anja in Kyiv 🙂

KESC
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KESC

Yes, I think it’s because she received more televotes. But, I don’t care tbh, for me “Where I am” was and still is a better entry than “This is Love”. 🙂

What makes me sad is that if Eleni returns, it will most likely be for Greece, which is kinda weird, because ERT would now crave for Eleni’s participation. I mean, it’s her choice in the end and it’s her decision, but I, personally, would go the other way round.

Mad_Professor
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Mad_Professor

@KESC “I mean Fuego was actually considered as an entry for Greece and not for Cyprus” Fuego was written by Alex P and company after he had signed a contract with Cybc. He was given the instruction to write a dance song with ethnic elements. Fuego was never offered to Ert because it was directly linked with Cyprus 2018 since September 2017 when Alex P was announced for Cyprus. The only thing that had remained was to find the appropriate artist. The national final was cancelled because it failed in that sense. Alex P then proposed Foureira for the song.… Read more »

Loin dici
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It could be a good idea, but since there is restructuration on ERT there isn’t any sure news on Greece’s participation yet.

Plus, would Greek boys department work better next year? Maybe they need some sort of millenial Sakis.

Mad_Professor
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Mad_Professor

I think you just have described the next entry from Cyprus. Chances are as high as 50% at the moment the other 50% being an other male of a different genre.

Adrian Kavanagh
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Amazing vocalist. Can do uptempo, as well as ballads. It’s a big Yes from me.