Earlier this month, it was announced that Greece would be giving a bigger role to the public in the selection of their song for 2023. From 106 submitted songs, just seven remain – the names of which were released last week.
A shortlist of seven potential entries were assessed by an Audience Committee at ERT Radio House. The Audience Committee consisted of 70 members of the Greek public, who individually awarded points to the entries; 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5 and 4 points.
The assessed songs were as follows:
- Klavdia – “Holy Water”
- Konstantina Iosifidou – “We Are Young”
- Maria Maragou & Antonia Kaouri – “Shout Out”
- Melissa Mantzoukis – “Liar”
- Monica – “I’m Proud”
- Leon of Athens – “Somewhere To Go”
- Victor Vernikos – “What They Say”
The process of the song selection will not be televised, which means that there is just an extra layer to the internal selection. The public committee will have 50.6% of the voting power, and the professional jury will have 49.4%. This was to reflect recent changes to the voting format at Eurovision for the 2023 edition.
According to Eurovision Fun, the name of the chosen entry will be announced by mid-January.
Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest
Out of 42 participations to date, Greece has won the Eurovision Song Contest once – in 2005 with Helena Paparizou’s “My Number One”. They have also finished in third place on three occasions (2001, 2004 and 2008).
Earlier this year in Turin, Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord brought Greece its third consecutive qualification and second consecutive top 10 placement. She placed 8th with 215 points.
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