Greece in the 2000s was a huge player in Eurovision. Running a streak of unbroken top 10s from 2004 to 2011, they were always an exciting prospect to watch. Budget issues and song choices moving somewhat away from the traditional Greek ethno-party number have seen their success limited in recent years, with their 20th century results not being particularly notable. On the whole, there’s plenty to be interested in our Greek trivia here, let’s see what you know.
With a few weeks before we begin looking forward to Eurovision 2019, it’s that time in a Eurovision fan’s year to reflect on past years and all the good music and events they brought. And, also, some trivia.
So You Think You Know… is a series that will arrive each Wednesday, each time focusing on a new active Eurovision country. We are continuing alphabetically, Hungary will be next.
What decade did Greece first enter Eurovision in?
It was 1974, the year that ABBA won, of course.
What song got Greece their first medal position?
What country has Greece given and received the most points from?
What was the first entry entered by Greece with English included in it?
How many times has Eurovision winner (H)elena Paparizou entered Eurovision?
Certain fans of Melodifestivalen might argue that she should have gone for Sweden in 2014.
How many people did Anna Vissi include on stage for 'Everything'?
Not a single backing singer or dancer, which does happen from time to time, but for a song called 'Everything'...
Which of these songs won their semi-final?
'Watch My Dance' in 2011 also won its semi-final.
What 'quirky' genre did 'Alcohol Is Free' embody?
It was a mix of ska and Greek folk and it was glorious.
Who won the first season of The Voice Of Greece and susequently represented Greece in Eurovision?
Which dialect of Greek did 'Utopian Land' include in its lyrics?
Pontic is the dialect of Greek that was originally spoken around the shores of the Black Sea, and today is mainly spoken in the part of Greece closest to that, northern Greece. Utopian Land made it one of its selling points. Not that that helped.