Three years ago, she represented The Netherlands at Junior Eurovision. But now there’s speculation that the Greek Dutch singer Stefania Liberakakis will return to the Eurovision stage, this time representing Greece at Eurovision 2020. OGAE Greece claims that Greek broadcaster ERT has internally selected Stefania for Rotterdam.
The 17-year-old singer has been on the list of rumoured acts to represent Greece this year, but now it appears that Stefania has made the cut. OGAE Greece’s sources say that broadcaster ERT has internally selected the Dutch-born singer.
And the former Junior Eurovision star reportedly has the so-called “Dream Team” on her side. OGAE Greece say that Stefania Greek Eurovision maestro Dimitris Kontopoulos will be involved with the song production, while the legendary Greek choreographer Fokas Evangelinos will take care of the staging.
This would be third Greek entry the “Dream Team” has been involved in. Kontopoulos and Evangelinos were previously behind Sakis Rouvas’ “This Is Our Night” in 2009 and Demy’s “This is Love” in 2017.
If Stefania is selected, she will be the fourth female artist to represent Greece in the past four years. This follows Demy, Yianna Terzi and Katerine Duska. As a member of the Greek diaspora, Stefania follows the Greek Swedish singer Helena Paparizou, who won Eurovision for Greece in 2005.
Broadcaster ERT has not made any comment on its act for Eurovision 2020. However, OGAE Greece says an official announcement is expected in “a matter of days”.
Who is Stefania Liberakakis?
Stefania Liberakakis is a Dutch-born singer and actor, with Greek ancestry. She’s been on our radar since July as a potential act for Eurovision 2020.
Stefania came to fame in 2014, when she participated on The Voice Kids. After wowing judges with her audition performance of Alicia Keys’ “No One”, Stefania made it as far as the Battle round before being eliminated. She also sang as part of the Dutch children’s choir Kinderen voor Kinderen.
In 2016, Stefania represented The Netherlands at Junior Eurovision in Malta, as part of the three-piece girl group Kisses. Their upbeat song “Kisses and Dancin'” placed eighth in the contest.
More recently, Stefania has worked on her solo pop career. Last month, Stefania released “Turn Around”, a sophisticated contemporary pop track which could be an indication of the type of music she would perform at Eurovision.
Stefania has also been working on her pop career in Greece. Earlier this year, she performed at the Mad VMA music awards, as part of an all-girl cover of Daddy Yankee’s “Con calma” along with Ilenia Williams and Konnie Metaxa. The video of the performance has clocked up over two million views, inspiring comments from fans wanting Stefania for Eurovision.
As well as singing, Stefania also has an acting career. She has starred in the Dutch high school mockumentary Brugklas, the recent dystopian action film De club van lelijke kinderen (The club of ugly children) and made an appearance in the teen comedy 100% Coco New York.
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