Stefania has taken her “Last Dance” on the Eurovision stage, and now Greece has the difficult task of choosing who will follow in the teen queen’s footsteps en route to Eurovision 2022.
As OGAE Greece reports, the Greek national broadcaster has now published its open invitation for music companies to submit their proposals for the next edition of the song contest. They have until October 10th to propose an artist or group and to send in up to three songs. The broadcaster will make its decision based on the overall concept— package, promotion and song presentation.
Greece opens Eurovision 2022 submission window
Greece will no doubt want to keep a good thing going. Stefania achieved tenth place in the final — the country’s first Top 10 result since Koza Mostra feat. Agathonas Iakovidis in 2013. So who is thought to be in the running for 2022?
Good Job Nicky
Good Job Nicky — real name Nikola Varthakouri — is riding a wave of momentum. The 26-year-old, who is repped by Cobalt Music, released his debut single “Blue” back in January. It shows off his melodic voice and distinct sound, which is at once soulful and bluesy with a flair of alternative pop. We particularly appreciate the quirky video presentation, which conveys his bohemian edge and artistic spirit. The youngest child of celebrated musician Giannis Parios and talk show host Sofia Aliberti, showbiz runs in his veins. Could his big moment come next May?
As in recent years, Kalomira — Greece’s Eurovision 2008 star — is said to be in talks for another Eurovision run. She’s got a lot of goodwill behind her. Her Laïko-pop track “Secret Combination” gave Greece a third-place finish and remains a favorite amongst some fans. She’s also a staple of Greek TV with gossip mags and talks shows frequently checking in with her.
In 2020 Kalomira had a chat with the Belgian Eurovision site Songfestival.be. They asked Kalomira about returning to Eurovision and she confirmed it was something that had been discussed in previous years. Kalomira confirmed that Cyprus was a possibility for 2021.
Eurovision is near and dear to Kalomira. You’ll remember she performed “Shady Lady” alongside Stefania and Dimitris Kontopoulos during his Q Sessions.
Less prominent in the reporting, but still considered an outside contender, is Amanda Georgiadis — a Greek singer who lives in Norway. The 24-year-old is making a name for herself under the stage name Amanda Tenfjord.
Her web site explains that until very recently, Amanda was training to be a doctor.
“While studying medicine, she continued to write music and enter music contests, and it was for fun that she decided to sign up for a showcase festival in Trondheim, where she caught the eye of a record label and, just like that, she was signed.”
Her debut EP First Impression showcases the beauty of her voice and her modern singer-songwriter appeal. It’s a vibe that translates nicely across borders.