Greece has confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Sources have confirmed to Eurovoix that ERT will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The Greek national broadcaster confirmed yesterday evening that they will once again be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. Greece’s confirmation of participation comes just days after the host city for the 2019 contest was revealed.
To date the following nations have confirmed their participation;
- Czech Republic
- Israel – Host nation
- The Netherlands
Gianna Terzi represented Greece at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. With her song “Oniro Mou”, she failed to qualify to the Grand Final, placing 14th with a total of 81 points.
ERT had originally planned to host a national final on 22 February for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. 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.