Greece will choose its artist and song for Eurovision 2023 using an internal selection process, it has been confirmed.
Greek broadcaster ERT has opened submissions, calling on record labels to submit Eurovision bids on behalf of their artists. The eventual winner will fly the Greek flag at Eurovision 2023 in the UK next May.
The submission deadline is Sunday 9 October.
Greece: ERT opens song submissions for Eurovision 2023
A new rule states song submissions should not have been submitted to any other country’s or broadcaster’s selection process, such as Sweden’s Melodifestivalen or Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix. Elsewhere, artists are permitted to submit up to three songs, along with ideas for the promotion and presentation of the song.
Here’s the full English translation of the submission rules, from ERT:
“In the context of ERT’s participation in the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in May 2023 in the United Kingdom, the Hellenic Radio Television invites companies active in the production or distribution of recordings to submit proposals for the country’s participation, with a final deadline of Sunday 9 October 2022.”
“Each proposal must be complete: i.e. include a performer or group with a maximum of six members, according to the regulations, and also one to three songs, which have not been released or performed to date either in Greece or abroad as in any way, in whole or in part. In the choice of participation, any artistic group supporting the performer and ideas (concept) for the promotion and presentation of the song will also be taken into account.”
“The proposals submitted in the context of the above call are addressed exclusively to ERT.”
“Until the completion of their evaluation, they may not have submitted simultaneously to a corresponding procedure of another body participating in the Eurovision Song Contest.”
Names of the artists who have submitted their proposals are yet to be revealed, but the rumour mill is already churning. Greek Eurovision fandom hub Eurovision Fun reports artists such as Vassilis Kourtis, Melissa Mantzoukis and Leon of Athens are considering submitting songs to ERT’s selection. According to reports, Eurovision 2008 bronze medallist and “Secret Combination” songstress Kalomira is also considering a submission.
The Greek selection process remains largely similar to that of 2022, which saw broadcaster ERT select singer-songwriter Amanda Tenfjord with “Die Together” to fly the country’s flag in Turin. Greece eventually placed eighth in the final.
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