Over 400,000 more viewers watched last night in Greece as the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was broadcast on ERT.
A total of 1,009,000 viewers watched on ERT as Greece failed for a second time to qualify for a Eurovision Grand Final. Yianna Terzi performed “Oniro Mou” during last nights show, but failed to be among the ten artists progressing to the final on May 12. The show was the second highest rating program on Greek television yesterday evening.
The semi-final last night was the most watched in Greece since 2015, the breakdown of viewing figures for last year’s shows in Greece were as follows:
- Semi-Final One – 600,000 viewers
- Semi-Final Two – 485,000 viewers
- Final – 1,814,000 viewers
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.
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.