The Greek broadcaster, ERT, has confirmed that Greece will participate in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest.
ERT has asked the country’s eight biggest record companies to send their Eurovision bids. The broadcaster will use them to organize a national final to select an entry for Greece in Eurovision.
After having selected at least the performer internally the last two years, Greece is now returning to a national final.
The deadline given by ERT to interested parties to submit their proposals (song or performer or performer and song together) is 15 days. Proposals submitted will then be evaluated by a committee set up by ERT.
ERT is encouraging record companies to submit entries preferably with Greek lyrics, although the broadcaster have not confirmed any restrictions on language.
Areti Ketime for Greece?
Today Dimitris Karras, the composer and producer of folk musician Areti Ketime, confirmed that he sent a proposed traditional sounding song to ERT through the record company Spicy. In his statements to INFE Greece, he presented further details about the proposed entry with which he hopes to represent Greece in Eurovision 2018:
“Our song has a social meaning with Greek and Balkan elements. It is generally divided between a choir character with Balkan orchestration and a Greek rhythm. Apart from the crisis and immigration, the lyrics refer to globalization in a way and world peace. It is a song that I have made to primarily suit Areti’s style and secondly for Eurovision.”
More record companies are expected to send their proposals in the upcoming weeks and based on the submitted entries, the aim of the Greek national broadcaster is to organize a national final.
Previously the singers Marina Satti (Greek representative of OGAE Song Contest 2017 with the song “Mantissa”), Eleni Fureira, Tamta and the duo Stereo Soul have been rumored or have expressed a desire to represent Greece in Eurovision. Stereo Soul are likely to be submitted by their record company very soon.
Have a listen to the song “Ama de se do” by Areti Ketime and Giorgos Alkaios (Greece 2010) to get an idea of Areti.
Greece in Eurovision
Greece has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 38 times since its début in 1974, missing six contests in that time (1975, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1999 and 2000). They won for the first time in 2005 with “My Number One”, sung by Elena Paparizou.
However, Greece has luckily never finished last.
Last year, Demy represented Greece with This Is Love and finished in 19th place in the final.
Watch Demy’s performance from the final below:
Is the idea to hold a national final a good one? Or would it be better for Greece to try for an internal selection again?
What do you think of a Areti Ketime as a representative singing a song in Greek?
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