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Greece: “This is Love” will still compete in national final

ERT have announced that the leaked song “This is Love” will still be permitted to compete in their selection show on Monday 6th March as one of the three potential songs to be performed by Demy in Kyiv. The song was leaked on social media yesterday morning (2nd March).

Yesterday, Greece became the latest country to have a song leaked before its reveal or national selection. Following the release of Cyprus’ track online hours before its official reveal, “This Is Love” was leaked ahead of Greece’s national final on social media yesterday morning. According to the rules of the selection, “This is Love” could have been disqualified because of this leak. However, yesterday evening ERT decided that this would not happen as the leaked version of the song was in fact a demo, and not the final version to be performed on 6th March.

And so, three songs will compete in the selection show. These are:

  • “This Is Love” – written by Dimitris Kontopoulos, Romy Papadea and John Ballard
  • “When The Morning Comes Around” – written by Dimitris Kontopoulos and John Ballard
  • “Angels” – written by Dimitris Kontopoulos and Romy Papadea

All three songs will be performed in English and each will be a different style of music, with one song being a dance track, one being a ballad, and one being a surprise genre. It has not yet been revealed which song will be which style. The songs have all been partly written by Dimitris Kontopoulos, who is well-known to Eurovision fans as the composer of such entries as “Shady Lady” (Ukraine 2008), “You Are the Only One” (Russia 2016), “Work Your Magic” (Belarus 2007) and “Hold Me” (Azerbaijan 2013). He has entered Eurovision six time as a composer for various countries, and none of his songs have ever placed outside of the top 10 in the final. John Ballard has worked with Kontopoulos on three Eurovision songs, namely “You Are the Only One”, “Hold Me” and “Shine” (Russia 2014).

Greece’s national final will be broadcast on ERT 1 at 22:00 CET on Monday 6th March. The show will be hosted by Anthony Loudaros and Elena Bouzali, and will feature a performance from Cyprus’ 2017 representative, Hovig.


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