The Greek delegation appealed to the European Broadcasting Union for a second performance during last nights jury show for the First Semi-Final.
INFE Greece reports that ERT lodged an official appeal during last nights jury show, asking for Yianna Terzi to be allowed to perform for a second time due to technical issues. The broadcaster stated that the pyro during the performance went off in a different place to where it should have, this meant that Yianna and her blue hand were hidden behind an unexpected pyro.
ERT’s appeal was unsuccessful and Yianna was not allowed to perform for a second time last night. This means that the juries voted on a performance which did not meet the delegations expectations.
Yianna Terzi was born in 1980 and began performing professionally in 2005. After releasing several successful albums she relocated to the United States. She cites her musical influences as including Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Eurovision winner Celine Dion.
ERT had originally planned to host a national final on 22 February. The other artists due to perform were Areti Ketime and Chorostalites. However, it is understood that the record companies for these two artists failed to provide the requested letter of guarantee to ERT to cover Eurovision costs, leaving Yianna Terzi as the sole remaining eligible candidate to represent Greece in Eurovision.
Yianna will perform in the first semi-final on 8th May with her song “Oniro Mou”.
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.