ERT has revealed that they spent a total of 183,740 Euro on participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The Greek national broadcaster has revealed how much they spent on participating in this years Eurovision Song Contest. In total 183,740 Euro was spent by ERT on taking part in the competition in Lisbon, Portugal. This figure is broken down in to the following:
- 119,000 Euro – Participation fee paid to the European Broadcasting Union
- 31,000 Euro – Programming created by ERT around the Eurovision Song Contest and the cost of the delegation staying in Lisbon for the duration of the competition
- 25,000 Euro – Access to technical facilities required to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest and test the broadcast during rehearsals
- 8,000 Euro – Hire of the commentary booth in Lisbon
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.
Source: Eurovision Fun
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.