Eurovision 2020

Greece: ERT to change selection method for 2020?

Greece could be returning to a single-artist national final in 2020

For the past couple of years, Greece has been internally-selecting their artists and songs for the Eurovision Song Contest. Now, following the mixed results that this method has yielded, ERT may be switching things up for the 2020 contest. Greek media are reporting that the broadcaster may be opting to go back to a one-artist selection show, last used in 2017.

ERT is looking to potentially switch-up their selection method for the 2020 contest. Although the broadcaster has yet to formally confirm their participation for next year’s contest, it appears that they are already considering their options. This early-stage brainstorming could be a sign of the broadcaster’s renewed focus on the competition, which was evident in the visuals and promotion behind Katerine Duska this year.

According to Nassosblog, ERT are looking to return to a single-artist selection show. This year, this format was used by Finland. Although it has produced mixed results for other countries, this was the method used to select Helena Paparizou (2005), Anna Vissi (2006) and Sakis Rouvas (2009).

In this format, an artist (usually a big name) is selected by the broadcaster. The artist performs a number of songs (usually three) in a live selection show. The public and a jury then go on to vote for the song the artist takes to the contest. Most recently, this format was used by Greece to select Demy’s “This Is Love”.

Greece in Eurovision Song Contest

Previously, Greece had been one of the most successful and consistent countries at the contest. Between 2001 and 2013, Greece achieved ten top-ten results. These include third-place finishes for Antique (2001), Sakis Rouvas (2004) and Kalomira (2008). Of course, Greece’s Helena Paparizou won the contest in 2005 with “My Number One”.

However, Greece’s success at the contest has been inconsistent in the past couple of years. Over the past five years, the country has failed to qualify to the final twice (2016 and 2019). Their non-qualification in 2016 marked the first time the country had failed to reach the final in the history of its participation since the introduction of the semi-finals format.

Katerine Duska brought the country back to the final this year when the contest was hosted in Tel Aviv. She finished 5th in her semi final, and went on to finish in 21st place with 74 points in the Grand Final.

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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