It is being reported this morning that Demy has been internally selected to represent Greece at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Newsit.gr reports that ERT has opted to internally select Demy to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. According to the report the singer will perform a song written by Dimitris Kontopoulos. Dimitris has written a number of Eurovision entries in the past including “You Are The Only One” (Russia 2016) and “Shady Lady” (Ukraine 2008). Furthermore Fokas Evagelinos will work with the singer on her performance for Kyiv. Fokas created the stage performance for Russia at the 2016 contest as well as Greece in 2009 and Azerbaijan in 2013 to name just a couple of entries he has worked on.
According to the report an official announcement will be made by ERT in the next few days. The aim is to have three Anglophone songs written for a national final which will take place in February. The public will then decide the song that Demy will perform in Kyiv. This is the first time that Greece has opted for a one artist national selection since the 2009 contest when Sakis Rouvas was selected to compete in Moscow.
Over the past couple of months there have been multiple reports about the selection method ERT would use for this years Eurovision Song Contest. As recently as last week it was thought that Demy and the group Stereo Soul would be competing against one another in a two artist, four song national final.
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Greece debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 represented by Marinella and the song “Krasi, thalassa kai t’agori mou”, she finished 11th scoring a total of 7 points. It was just three years later when the country had their first top.5 finish with Paschalis, Marianna, Robert and Bessy coming 5th with “Mathima solfege”. In 2001 Greece achieved their first top.3 result with Antique and the song “I Would Die For You”, the song became a European hit charting across the continent. In 2005 Helena Paparizou returned to the Eurovision stage this time as a solo artist and took Greece to victory in Kyiv. Her song “My Number One” won with 230 points, beating runners-up Malta by 38 points.