The Greek national final show for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will take place on February 16th.
Greek broadcaster ERT has confirmed that their national final show will be held on the 16th of February at the ERT Studios in Athens. The ERT Organising Committee met today, where the decision to host on the 16th was made. The three competing artists are to record music videos to their Eurovision songs, which will be shown at the national final show. More details about the selection will be announced at a later date.
A total of twenty songs were initially sent into ERT after the broadcaster made an open call for smaller record labels to submit entries for their national final. These songs were then assessed by a committee of eight music professionals who whittled the list down to five, and then again to the final three.
The final three acts are:
- Areti Ketime – Don’t forget the Sun
- Chorostalites – Apo tin Thraki os tin Kriti
- Gianna Terzi – To oniro mo
Greece was represented by Demy at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. With her song “This Is Love”, she placed 19th in the Grand Final with 77 points.
Source: INFE Greece
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.