The Head of International Releations at ERT, has dismissed reports that Greece has selected their singer for Tel Aviv, with a decision to be made by the end of this week.
Following reports that Katerine Duska has been selected to represent Greece at Eurovision 2019, ERT has stepped in. The Head of International relations at the Greek broadcaster has neither confirmed or denied that Katerine Duska has been approached or selected, but said that a final decision on the Greek entrant will be made by the end of this week. The Head of International Relations explained;
The choice of the artist to represent us in the Eurovision Song Contest will be held by the end of the week. There are some specifications for the final selection. The artist should be experienced and able to stand on an international stage. It is a championship that we also want to come down with someone who will have the specifics. We also want to like it!
Mrs Koufopoulou added some details about what to expect from the song that will represent Greece in Tel Aviv, commenting;
It will be a song that will make us rock and at the same time make us proud of the country.
The Greek singer and song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is being selected by a committee at ERT. The committee is formed of;
- Dimitri Papadimitriou – Composer and Chairman of the Committe
- Adam Petros – Music producer
- Fotis Apergi – Journalist
- Gianni Petridi – Music producer
- Maria Koufpoulou – Director of International Relations ERT
- Sofia Dranidou – Head of European & International Affairs – International
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.