Marietta Fafouti is the top of the list at ERT of artists that they wish to see represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Marietta Fafouti will be approached by ERT about representing Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 according to Eurovision Fun. The site reports that the singer is the top of the list of singers that the broadcaster intends to approach about this years contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.
This will not be the first time that Marietta Fafouti has been approached by the Greek national broadcaster. In 2016 the singer had discussions with ERT about Eurovision, before ERT opted to select unknown group Argo to represent Greece in Stockholm.
Marietta Fafouti is a well known singer in Greece and has released numerous songs as well as appearing in advertising campaigns, television and theater. Her song ‘Kookoobadi’ remains her biggest hit to date with over 1 million views on YouTube.
The Director of ERT International Relations, Ms. Maria Koufopoulou, confirmed to OGAE Greece that their participant for Eurovision 2019 will be internally selected. She stated that;
There will not be a competition nor a national final. The broadcaster is going to the select the Greek entry internally, using a special-made jury. We are discussing with several artists at the time but no more details can be revealed. We will firstly choose the artist and then we will search for the perfect song, based on the music style of the singer.
Once ERT has selected the artist that will represent Greece in Tel Aviv, the broadcaster will work with the act to find an appropriate song. The song selected will work with the style of the singer selected.
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.
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.