Greece has set out to find its new Eurovision artist! Following a top 10 finish in Rotterdam with “Last Dance”, the country’s broadcaster ERT already announced that they would continue their success with an internal selection. Back in October, it was revealed that 40 songs had been submitted after an open call to record labels, and now 5 of those songs remain in the running to represent Greece in Turin.
The Final Five
In total, 25 artists submitted songs to ERT. A committee led by Dimitris Papadimitriou was in charge of shortlisting the final few songs. Of course, the big question is: who are these artists who are potentially going to Italy? ERT shared their names, which you can find below:
- Amanda Tenfjord (Amanda Georgiadis): Amanda lives in Norway and is of Greek heritage, and already shared in October that she was interested in submitting a song to ERT. According to her social media, this song is an emotional ballad.
- Elias Kozas: This name might ring a bell among Eurovision fans: Elias was part of Koza Mostra, the group that represented Greece in 2013 with “Alcohol Is Free”. According to EurovisionFun, he submitted 3 songs, 1 of which has made it to the final selection.
- Goob Job Nicky (Nikolas Varthakouris): The song by this Greek singer will be ‘cinematic’ and ‘mid-tempo’, written by Hermes Geragidis.
- Joanna Drigo: While nothing is yet known about her type of song, Joanna specializes in pop-rock music. She is represented by the record label Cobal Eclectic.
- Lou Is (Louisa Sofianopoulou): Similarly, not much is known about the shortlisted song by Lou Is. However, the experienced singer has a wide range of collaborations on her name, making her one of the most well-known artists in this list.
For now, we do not have an exact date regarding the final song selection. According to ERT, the private committee will now sit down with the artists to discuss their options and visions, such as their ideas for staging or promotions. The delegation does believe that they can do even better than this year’s top 10 placing!
Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest
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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