According to fellow Eurovision website Eurovoix, Greece’s broadcaster ERT has confirmed its participation for the next Eurovision Song Contest. With this confirmation, the number of confirmed participants to Tel-Aviv 2019 now stands at 26. In 2018, the record-number of 43 countries was reached for the third time (after 2008 and 2013).
Greece in Lisbon
This year, Greece experienced its second non-qualification, after 2016. Allocated to the first semi-final (the stronger of both), Oniro Mou reached the 14th place with 81 points, despite ranking 10th with the televote.
Originally, Yianna was one of three candidates for a new Greek national selection, with Areti Ketime and Chorostalites. However, ERT required each artist’s record companies to be able to cover most of the costs of the Eurovision participation. The two other candidate’s record companies refused to give this guarantee, leaving Yianna the only remaining candidate, and de facto Eurovision representant for Greece.
In Lisbon, her performance and the strong competition probably weighted more than the song itself in her ranking. Already during rehearsals, Greece didn’t impress, both our team, who was very split on Greece’s qualification chances, and the whole press center, with Greece ranking very low in press polls.
Will Greece learns from its past non-qualification and get back to the final in Tel-Aviv? Should they do a proper internal selection or a proper national selection? What do you think? Tell us more in the comments below or on social media at @escxtra!