It’s time for us to find out the 22nd song that will be competing in Eurovision 2015 in Vienna, as Greece chooses from five potential entries in Euro Song 2015.

There’s an impressive line-up tonight, including Helena Paparizou, who will be celebrating 10 years since her victory with ‘My Number One.’

The following artists will be competing to be the Greek entry, as decided by jury and televoting:

  • C:REAL – Crash and burn
  • Thomai Apergi & LegendJazz & Sirtaki
  • Barrice – ELA
  • Shaya Hansen – Sunshine
  • Maria-Elena KiriakouOne last breath

Watch along by clicking here for the official live stream on eurovision.tv, and join us as we provide live commentary throughout – no need to refresh the page, which will automatically update.

Also remember you can let us know what you think of the songs at any time by interacting with our Twitter @escXtra. Enjoy the show!


Nick van Lith
March 4, 201510:32 pm

That’s it from us tonight. Efharisto for following us tonight! If you’re heading off to bed now: Kalinixta! If you’re staying tuned for Australia, it’s only an hour away!


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 201510:21 pm

It’s Maria Elena for Greece! ONE LAST BREATH TO VIENNA!


Nick van Lith
March 4, 201510:20 pm

MARIA-ELENA KYRIAKOU TO VIENNA


Nick van Lith
March 4, 201510:20 pm

Time for results…


Nick van Lith
March 4, 201510:17 pm

Before we head over to results, let me just say… It’s odd that Helena sang pretty much ANYTHING, except her Eurovision songs…


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 201510:15 pm

And the hosts chant “HEY! HEY! HELENA” which kind of sums up the last two hours doesn’t it…


Nick van Lith
March 4, 201510:14 pm

So. Greece can just send this to Vienna. Thanks.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 201510:13 pm

And here’s Helena Paparizou with Otan Angeloi Klaine, which means When Angels Cry


Nick van Lith
March 4, 201510:10 pm

Boys&Noise now with Die For You (2001)


Nick van Lith
March 4, 201510:02 pm

One more break and then it’s time for, yes, Helena Paparizou!


Nick van Lith
March 4, 201510:01 pm

Except they did, Peter! 😀


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:57 pm

No Dimitris, you really didn’t have better in your selection.


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20159:57 pm

And the voting has just closed! There are like 15 minutes left until the show is over.


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20159:56 pm

I never really liked this song. We had so much better songs in our selection. Let’s see what Greece will select, hopefully they will not disappoint us too.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20159:52 pm

Aaaaand it’s playback. Or lipsync. Whatever you call it.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:52 pm

This has been revamped a little too. Still very low-key, but slightly more produced, with added strings.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20159:51 pm

Oh Dimitris’s home entry now! It’s Giannis Karagiannis with his Cypriot Eurovision entry, One Thing I Should Have Done.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20159:42 pm

Matt says he wants Jazz&Sirtaki to Vienna! Thomas Edlinger would prefer it if none of these five would go… So following our followers, it should be between Barrice, Thomai and Shaya. Following us bloggers, it’s between Maria-Elena, Barrice, Thomai, C:Real and Shaya. Yep, we love our diversity!

In short: Pick whatever you like, Greece, but there’s just one song all three of us are happy with: Maria-Elena.


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20159:41 pm

A good entry for me would be Maria-Elena’s song. It was the best by far of the selection. However, I think that “Sunshine” and “Crash and Burn” would make good entries too. Just not any of the other two songs.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:41 pm

My personal favourite is ‘Ela’ but I would be perfectly happy with ‘One Last Breath’ and I suppose ‘Sunshine’ would be fine just for upping the tempo in Vienna.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20159:38 pm

In my personal opinion, Maria-Elena Kyriakou should walk this, landslide it even. Thomai can come second. The rest can fight out the battle for least worst then.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20159:36 pm

Send us your thoughts about tonight on Twitter, @escXtra! Ninni and Tara Wills let us know they want Barrice, Maikel wants Thomai Apergi or Shaya!


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:35 pm

If I had to guess, I’d say that this is between ‘Sunshine’ and ‘One Last Breath’ but then I thought that before the show started all those hours ago, so it’s not really helped much.


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20159:34 pm

Song 4: Shaya Hansen – Sunshine

I really like this song. It really sounded like a combination of “Heartbeat” and “Only Teardrops” to me. However, vocally she wasn’t as good as she should but she could be excused for all those dance moves. I have a feeling this will win.

Song 5: Maria-Elena Kiriakou – One Last Breath

I’ve loved Maria-Elena since she was in The Voice of Greece. She’s just an incredible performer and her vocal abilities are just thrilling. And her song is just amazing. It is probably my favorite song of the selection. I really want Greece to send a ballad after all those dance, pop and uptempo songs, although it doesn’t seem like a good year for them to send a ballad, as half of the current songs are ballads this year.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:34 pm

Song 5: Maria-Elena Kiriakou – One Last Breath

And we finish with a big ballad. I really like this, and whilst we certainly aren’t short on low-mid-tempo songs this year, this would perfectly fill the big diva ballad gap vacated by ‘Diell’ from Albania. As for how well it would do…I’m unsure. It takes almost two minutes for it to really kick up a gear, and even when it does, Maria-Elena needs to let go and inject more raw passion into it – she’s a bit plastic at the moment. She should watch Anna Vissi’s 2006 performance for tips if she makes it. Great vocals though.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20159:33 pm

One Last Breath

Yeah so no matter how much I think we don’t really need more female ballads in Vienna, this is just the best song tonight. Maria-Elena is literally the ONLY singer tonight who was on key throughout the song. Her song builds nicely, she’s good on the eye, this just works. I think all other women singing English ballads in Eurovision 2015 should be worried, this may outshine them.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:31 pm

Starting off low-key, like a big ballad should…


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:29 pm

Time for the final song of the night, ‘One Last Breath’ by Maria-Elena Kiriakou.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:28 pm

Song 4: Shaya Hansen – Sunshine

If the fans are to be believed, this is the frontrunner tonight – she’s certainly the biggest name in the competition. Shaya uses the classic Beyoncé formation of being joined by two female dancers. They look great. Also on stage are a clarinet player and a drummer. It’s a good summery uptempo and certainly something this year’s line-up is badly lacking. However it’s nothing special as far as the genre goes and would only really be welcome as a box-ticker. I feel however, after all the tribute that has been paid to Helena tonight, voters will be drawn to this one.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20159:26 pm

Sunshine

Not quite sure what to make of this. Note 1: A dress change has been NOT DONE since Daria Kinzer tried about twenty-seven during her three minutes in Düsseldorf. The song is… yeah it’s OK, but nothing I’d choose to listen to. Vocally, she seems very flat. Meh.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:25 pm

I’m getting shades of Javine’s ‘Touch My Fire’ from Shaya…


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:23 pm

ANYWAY my thoughts…

Song 2: Thomai Apergi & Legend – Jazz & Sirtaki

It’s a fun performance, as expected, with a lot going on and good utilisation of the dancers. Thomai’s vocals are absolutely diabolical though! I have no idea what’s happened there. It just fell flat thanks to that. It is a good entertaining song but not something I’d ever actually listen to.

Song 3: Barrice – Ela

A fairly conventional pop song and performance from Barrice. I think ‘Ela’ finds the perfect balance between contemporary pop, cliched Europop, and “OPA!” Greek pop. The performance is all a bit ordinary though…Barrice and 4 dancers. Lacking in imagination a bit, although it does burst into life in the instrumental in the middle. Best crowd reaction so far.


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20159:22 pm

Song 3: Barrice – Ela

As expected, the worst song so far. I was never interested in songs by male singers. And that Greek instrument part, just made it worse. His vocals weren’t good either. I just hope it doesn’t win, because that’s what usually happens with the Greek selections – my least favorite wins.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20159:21 pm

Ela

Let’s just say Barrice was the worst tonight. And you saw how much I disliked C:Real. This was… random. It’s a dance/dubstep thing during 5/6 of the song and then there’s one random part where Barrice bursts out in a Sirtaki before going back to his dubstep. His vocals are WAY below par and he looks a bit creepy…


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:21 pm

Tim Schou from A Friend In London is moonlighting in Greece…


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20159:18 pm

Song 1: C:Real – Crash and Burn

I didn’t really like it when I first heard it, but now I really loved it. I find the song really powerful. However, the singer’s vocals were not really impressive, but hopefully they’ll be improved. However, the performance in overall was alright.

Song 2: Thomai Apergi – Jazz & Sirtaki

For Thomai, it was exactly the opposite. I was really disappointed with her performance. The song was not really amazing at all, it was just a good song. But the performance made it worse. Her song in the 2013 selection was much better.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:16 pm

This kid didn’t really know what to make of ‘Jazz and Sirtaki’


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20159:15 pm

Jazz&Sirtaki

Yes. Yes, yes. What an EPIC song. I mean, it’s absolutely shit, it’s horrible by every definition of that word. But it’s SUCH FUN! It’s jazz mixed with ethnic stuff, it’s just all over the place and so wrong, so so wrong! But I enjoyed that so much. Thomai did a brilliant job there.
Would this qualify in Vienna? It’d struggle, I guess, but YES I like this.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:15 pm

Lots going on in Thomai’s performance…


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:12 pm

Time for song Jazz and Sirtaki now, from Thomai Apergi and Legend.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:11 pm

Song 1: C:REAL – Crash and Burn

So this was my least favourite of the five in advance of tonight, but it has really stepped up a gear for me. It sounds much fuller live, and the singer’s vocals aren’t the strongest, but they’re perfectly adequate for the kind of song it is. She also works the stage and the cameras well. I wouldn’t be too upset with this one being chosen, but I think there’s definitely better to come.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:09 pm

Somebody is expecting a gust of wind…


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20159:09 pm

Crash And Burn

She sings ‘Let me crash and burn, baby’ – Well sweetheart, you just crashed vocally and burnt my ears. What a car crash. The staging is actually pretty good, she’s a good performer. Just a terrible singer. The song is also a mess, is it rock or dance, pop? I’d have no clue. After waiting for an hour, this is not what you want to see.
And then there’s a random ethnic bit. I love ethnic stuff from Greece, but it adds nothing to this song.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20159:06 pm

HERE WE GO! Time to start. ‘Crash and Burn’ by C:Real is the first song.


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20159:05 pm

Finally starting! First up, C:Real.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20159:04 pm

Also, the stylist for the dark haired presenter should be fired. Now.


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20159:01 pm

Oh god, commercials. You really don’t wanna experience them in Greece. They are just endless.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20159:00 pm

So Australia is revealing their entry in 150 minutes. Do you think we’ll get out of Greece in time?


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:58 pm

Even former Eurovision stars get annoyed here… Alex Panayi writes:
“WTF???? Let’s get’s started!!! It’s not funny anymore #eurosong2015”


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20158:56 pm

Now it’s time for a live medley of every Eurovision song EVER!! Can’t wait for this.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:56 pm

They kinda lost the chronological order there… 2004-2006-2005. Can’t count if their life depended on it, those Greeks. That’s why they’re in this economic crisis, I bet.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:52 pm

We just saw Lys Assia. Now Domenico Modugno. Are we really going to see ALL Eurovision years?


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20158:52 pm

After almost one hour, I guess it’s about time for a song by a contestant? What do you think Greece?


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20158:52 pm

After almost one hour, I guess it’s about time for a song by a contestant? What do you think Greece?


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:50 pm

Martin Palmer says on Twitter: “Any National Final called #Eurosong has to have a quiz, it’s the law lol #Ireland” – Yep. Remember the chaos in Ireland? I do.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20158:48 pm

The host has A LOT of question cards there…


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20158:47 pm

Why do the Greeks love doing those quiz things? I bet their questions will be just dumb, as always.


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20158:46 pm

Why do the Greeks love doing those quiz things? I bet their questions will be just dumb, as always.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20158:45 pm

Greece, they’re starting to wake up in Australia, and if you’re not done before they announce their artist then you’re going to lose all of the international audience you’ve not lost already thanks to your faffing about!


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20158:43 pm

If this were a BBC national final we’d be FINISHED by now! Opening monologue from Graham Norton, 5 songs, group performance of ‘Making Your Mind Up,’ quick montage featuring Jahn Teigen and Dana International falling over, result, goodnight.


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20158:42 pm

Hopefully we’ll get a performance of a contestant sometime soon … Maybe around the end of the show?


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:39 pm

This is rubbish. Mind you, we’ve been going for fourty minutes. I bet the contestants have no idea whether they’re still in the running to represent Greece.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20158:39 pm

Greece are really breaking the mould here. It’s the customary, “old-fashioned” way to have the interval acts during the interval. But this is really revolutionary…why did nobody think of it sooner?


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20158:38 pm

Why do I rarely like those re-vamps? And I have a feeling this is not going to be an exception.


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20158:37 pm

Why do I rarely like those re-vamps? And I have a feeling this is not going to be an exception.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20158:37 pm

Oh, nope, it turns out after a dramatic 2015 introduction, they’ve just gone right into miming the original version. Even more disappointing…


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:36 pm

It’s the 2015 version of Gimme… Re-working a song normally is a recipe for disaster.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20158:36 pm

#eurosong2015 is trending worldwide already! Then again, so it #WeAllAreJustinBieber…

Join in the discussion on our Twitter, @escXtra (about Greece, not Bieber)


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20158:35 pm

So, now we’re going to get a performance of “Gimme” by One, who were re-united for this performance. Let’s see how it will go.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:32 pm

Rap should be forbidden. I’m just going to leave that here.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20158:32 pm

This is infinitely better without the rap. As most things are.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:30 pm

Zero, Peter, zero!
Now: Watch My Dance by Loukas Giorkas and Mousika Ergostiria SOS (or something like that)


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20158:29 pm

I went to get an ice cream. How many of the songs have I missed…?


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20158:27 pm

I wonder how many more intervals there will be before the first song is performed.


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20158:27 pm

I wonder how many more intervals there will be before the first song is performed.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:25 pm

They’ve…. ‘Mambo 5ed’ the life out of it…


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:24 pm

So I expect we’re getting old Greek entries to Eurovision now… It’s Thanos Kalliris & Kings with Stop, the 1987 Greek entry.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:23 pm

Marianna Efstratiou is on the jury. Boy, did she age.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:19 pm

We should’ve said ‘Kalispera, this is the Queen of Greece show’. She’s being treated like the queen, looks like the queen, sounds like the queen. I just can’t help wondering what on earth she did to her lips…

Also: Can Helena stick to pop tunes and ballads? No more dance, thanks.


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20158:18 pm

Just another cover of “Rise Like a Phoenix”. So I’ll guess we’ll hear it in every national selection, if not by Conchita herself, by another singer.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20158:17 pm

I’m loving what a Helena love-in this show has been so far. She was in the opening sketch, the finalists sang her song, we had a VT full of people talking about her win, and now she’s singing Rise Like A Phoenix!
Quite deserved after being shunned by those Swedes last year!


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:12 pm

What Peter said. Maria Elena is overdoing it, Thomai is having fun and the rest really don’t give a shit.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20158:11 pm

Clearly Helena doesn’t wish to be overshadowed tonight, so has requested that the finalists only sing her song if they agree to suck all of the life and excitement out of it.


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20158:09 pm

A performance! That’s something. “My Number One” (2005) by the candidates of the national final.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20158:07 pm

As we all know, times are hard in Greece at the moment – so hard in fact, that the presenters can’t even afford bras.


Dimitris Ioannou
March 4, 20158:06 pm

So it just took 6 minutes to get started. But we’re starting. Let’s see how much time it will take for the first performance.


Peter Dunwoody
March 4, 20158:05 pm

It’s one of those national finals guys! Over two hours to decide from five songs – hopefully there’ll be lots of other to keep the fans entertained throughout.


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:05 pm

A demonstration of German there from the girls… Not quite where they learnt it, cause it’s wrong…


Nick van Lith
March 4, 20158:01 pm

Kalispera Evropa! We’re live in Greece! Welcome to the escXtra Live Blog! Three of us will guide you through tonight’s show: Dimitris Ioannou, Peter Dunwoody and myself!

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