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Greek national final on hold due to ERT organisational reforms

Approximately two months have passed since ERT announced the five entries that would take part in the Greek national final for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. While two of these entries were disqualified shortly afterwards due to not having a “Greek sound”, there has been no further word on when to expect the Greek entry to be chosen. Infe Greece explains that this is due to organisational reforms within broadcaster ERT.

ERT reforms reaching their conclusion

While these organisational reforms continue to be ongoing, today it was announced that Christos Leondis had become the new President of ERT. As a result, Infe Greece expects that the reforms of the organisational structure within ERT are expected to be complete “within days”.
Once this process is complete, ERT should then be able to make official announcements as to when the Greek national final will take place. Initially, the competition was expected to take place next month. However, it is possible that the current situation at ERT may delay this into March. contacted ERT earlier today in order to discover when the national final will take place. We thank ERT for their swift reply. Their statement was as follows:

Announcements will follow regarding our participation to this year’s contest.

Three entries remain

You can read more about the Greek finalists here. The three entries that remain in the competition to battle it out for the ticket to Lisbon are as follows:

  • Areti Ketime – Min ksehnas ton ilio
  • Chorostalites – Apo tin Thraki eos tin Kriti
  • Gianna Terzi – To oneiro mou

Are you looking forward to this year’s Greek national final? Indeed, are you pleased they are focusing on entering a “Greek-sounding” entry? Let us know in the comments below!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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