More details have emerged today about the Greek national final for Eurovision 2018 which will take place on 16 February.
According to INFE Greece, the Greek final will be broadcast live on ERT1 but the three competing songs will be pre-recorded by the production team with “common aesthetics.”
However, the voice of the main performer will be “live” and not technically processed to ensure that the singer is able to perform the song live as required by the Eurovision rules.
As earlier reported, a total of twenty songs were sent to ERT after the broadcaster made an open call for smaller record labels to submit entries. 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. It is expected that the three songs will be heard for the first time during the live final.
The final three acts are:
- Areti Ketime – Don’t forget the Sun
- Chorostalites – Apo tin Thraki os tin Kriti
- Gianna Terzi – To oniro mo
It was also revealed today that each of the record companies behind the competing songs will be required to sign a letter of obligation to the Greek broadcaster to confirm that they will cover their own costs in the event that their entry is selected to represent Greece in Eurovision 2018.
ERT will only cover the costs of their own staff’s involvement in the participation in Lisbon. ERT’s participation in Eurovision in the past has been criticised as a “waste of money.”
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 in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.