Greece has received 16 entries for the Greek Eurovision 2018 national final.
According to ESCToday, Greek broadcaster ERT has received a total of 16 entries for the Greek Eurovision national final. After making a call to both big and small record companies, 16 entries have been received from 13 different companies, three of which have submitted two entries.
The record companies are as follows:
- FeelGood Records
- Final Touch
- Heaven Music
- Minos Emi
- Panik Entertainment Group E.P
- Poly Music
- Records On Top
- Satellite Records
- EEMusic Production
- Spider Music
- Vinilio Music
- Spicy Music
Some of the artists have also been revealed as:
- Areti Ketimé
- Stereo Soul
- Panayiotis Tsakalakos
- Vasiliki Stefanou
- Xristina Salti
- Dimitris Kiklis
- Yiannis Moraitis
- Duo Fina
Some companies have chosen not to publically disclose their entries. The next stage would be for a jury to listen to the submitted entries and produce a shortlist of successful songs who will participate in the national final.
The entries will then be shown to a committee of eight music professionals who will shortlist the most successful entries. The chairman of the committee will be a conductor, Anastasios Symeonidis. In addition, the following music professionals will help to choose the potential Greek entry for Eurovision 2018:
- Dourdoubakis Petros (Songwriter, Broadcaster)
- Ktistakis Dimitris (Manager)
- Kostas Alexis
- Messina Michalis (Composer)
- Pyrarinos Andreas (Manager)
- Spyropoulos Bach Giannis (Orchestra)
- Tsaras Pantazis (Radio Producer)
The chairman, Symeonidis, is an experienced director of choirs and orchestras and began his career at the Athens Choir and National Symphony Orchestra of Youth. He has performed works from the classical repertoire as well as those from modern Greek composers. In 2008 he was appointed as assistant conductor of the Greek Youth Turkish Orchestra and has also worked with the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Romania.
The announcement of the artists is expected to be after November 10th.
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Greece debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, when they were represented by Marinella and the song “Krasi, thalassa kai t’agori mou” which finished in 11th place with 7 points. Three years later Greece earned their first top 5 finish with Paschalis, Marianna, Robert and Bessy who finished in 5th place 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, and charted across the continent. In 2005 Helena Paparizou returned to the Eurovision stage as a solo artist and brought Greece their first, and to date only, victory. Her song “My Number One” won with 230 points, beating runners-up Malta by 38 points.