Ahead of Eurovision 2020, she had plans to work her magic like a true “Superg!rl” on the Rotterdam stage. And while coronavirus may have delayed her dream, Greece’s Stefania is now recording the five songs she’ll choose from for Eurovision 2021.
The 17-year-old star has landed in Athens and is recording with Dimitris Kontopolous, Sharon Vaughn and the songwriting collective Arcade Music. This is the same team that wrote “Superg!rl”, her empowering 2020 entry that mixed Greek sounds with feel-good pop.
Stefania shared a video on Instagram Stories that shows her recording in the studio as her team looks on. She added two stickers: One that reads DREAM TEAM, in honour of her songwriters and producers, and OH YEAH, which conveys her excitement that the Eurovision 2021 train is rushing full steam ahead.
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Greece’s #Eurovision 2020 “Superg!rl” @stefania_ is getting ready for #ESC2021 ?? She’s in Athens recording the songs she’ll present to the Greek broadcaster ? She shared the above post on her Insta Stories on Saturday ??? @iliaskokotos @arcade.music @dimitriskontopoulos @ertsocial
Greece’s Stefania at Eurovision 2021
Artists grow a lot from year-to-year — and that’s especially true when you’re a teenager. Stefania, who turns 18 in December, will be unleashing a whole new level of fierce at Eurovision 2021.
Since the cancellation of Eurovision, she’s finished high school and continued releasing music. In July she shared the music video for “Friday” — the song that finished second in her internal song selection for ESC 2020 in Rotterdam.
Some had said her Eurovision 2020 song played it safe and that the music video leaned juvenile. This was completely age appropriate. Since she’ll be an adult at the next Eurovision, she and her songwriting team have greater leeway. Either way, it will still carry Stefania’s confidence, presence and love of the stage.
The Greek team certainly believes in her. As you’ll recall, Greece’s broadcaster ERT was among the very first to re-confirm their Eurovision 2020 artist for 2021, releasing this statement just hours after the cancellation of ESC 2020:
“ERT has already assessed the very positive reception from Greek and European audiences towards this year’s selection of the talented Stefania Liberakakis, as well as the cooperation we have had with her. ERT intends to continue this cooperation over time, as the EBU’s final decisions become known.”
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