Fresh from their best result at Eurovision since 2013, Greece’s ERT will reportedly commence their preparations for next year’s contest in October. Back in January, we reported how the broadcaster were allegedly exploring reverting back to a national final selection for 2022.
According to Eurovision Fun, ERT are looking to begin preparations for Eurovision 2022 in October. They report that the only decision that has been made at this stage is that they will be participating. Everything else, such as artist and selection methods, will be determined later this year. With a national final being on the cards according to reports over the last two years, it is unknown whether 2022 will be another internal selection.
Eurovision 2021 proved to be a success for Greece in every sense, not just in terms of their placing. As Eurovoix points out, the Grand Final gave ERT 49.4% audience share with over 2 million viewers. Will these ratings compel the broadcaster to run a national final next year? We will find out later this year!
Greece at Eurovision 2021
Stefania had been selected internally to represent Greece at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam. She was due to perform “SUPERG!RL” in the first half of semi-final two. However, following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, ERT released a press statement to express their intentions to continue their cooperation with Stefania. In December, it was confirmed that her entry would be internally selected again.
In March, ERT released “Last Dance”, Stefania’s entry for the 2021 contest. From the offset, it was clear that they were aiming to bring Greece back to the left-hand side of the scoreboard for the first time since 2013. Before rehearsals started, Dutch media teased that Stefania’s staging will include elements never seen before on the Eurovision stage.
Open rehearsals in Rotterdam later revealed that this staging involved ambitiously choreographed use of green screen. Evidently, this worked well for Stefania, who placed 10th in the Grand Final with 170 points, Greece’s highest placing since 2013.
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