Greece hasn’t enjoyed much luck at Eurovision in recent years, but things may be looking up. Greek media blog NASSOS BLOG reports that broadcaster ERT is said to be looking at ways of turning around Greece’s fortunes. And one of those methods may be a favourite tactic of Greece — internally selecting the act and using a national final to select their song for Eurovision.
The blog reports that ERT’s new administration is looking to breathe new life into Greece’s Eurovision efforts. The broadcaster is hoping that by using a revamped national final, it will be able to attract more viewers and more prestigious sponsors. Another option is to hold a talent show — but not a reality show.
But it’s thought that the most likely option is to internally select one artist and using a national final to pick their song.
Greece has used this method to select some of its most successful entries. In 2005, Helena Paparizou performed three songs at a national final. “Number One” was the number one favourite of both the jury and televoters and went on to give Greece its first Eurovision win.
The following year, Eurovision legend Anna Vissi performed four songs at the national final. She went on to give Greece a host country top-ten finish at Eurovision with “Everything”.
Sakis Rouvas made his Eurovision return in 2009 via a national final where he performed three songs. While he didn’t beat his third place in 2004, “This Is Our Night” still earned a top-ten finish.
But this method doesn’t always guaranteed success. In 2017, a national final was held to select a song for Demy. Unlike the previous national finals, this one used music videos of the three songs, not live performances. But both the jury and televoters agreed that “This Is Love” was the winner. The song went on to make the Eurovision grand final, but placed only 19th.
The method has also been used for the past to years by Finland, with Saara Aalto placing second-to-last in the 2017 grand final, and Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman placing last in their semi-final. Finland is reverting to its tradition national final format for 2020.
If Greece takes this path for 2020, which artist will ERT select? Greek singer Vangelis Kakouriotis has been rumoured as a potential artist.
The former boy band singer recently expressed his interest in Eurovision, saying: “I would be interested, yes and if the opportunity arises I will take it. It’s a great event worth participating in. When the time comes, me and my co-workers will have faith in the song that the project will produce. I want it to be worth it!”
Or will former Junior Eurovision star Stefania Liberakakis serve some Greek Dutch realness? Or could ERT go for an even bigger name?
Whatever happens, it looks like a decision on Greece’s selection method for Eurovision 2020 may be a long way off. Eurovision Fun notes that ERT’s immediate priority is the serious business of reconfiguring its new administration. But once that’s been taken care of, then the broadcaster may be in a position to start thinking about Eurovision 2020.
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