ERT recorded its largest audience for the Eurovision Song Contest since the 2015 contest despite not qualifying for the Grand Final.
1,854,000 viewers watched on Saturday night despite Greece failing to qualify for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest for only the second time. The viewing figures represent a 40,000 viewer increase over 2017 when Demy represented Greece in Kyiv, and a 800,000 viewer increase over the 2016 final which Greece also failed to qualify for.
Yianna Terzi performed “Oniro Mou” during the first semi-final but failed to qualify for the final. She finished 14th with a total of 81 points, she would have qualified for the final on the public vote in 10th place.
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.