Greece is set to hold a national selection for Eurovision in 2022 according to Eurovision Fun.
Speaking on the latest episode of The Euro Trip podcast, Giannis Argyriou from Greek news site Eurovision Fun has said that the broadcaster’s intentions are to hold a national final for the 2022 contest. Giannis explained that:
ERT’s intentions for next year are to have a national final. This is something a lot of people in Greece have wanted for several years.
A lot of artists have expressed their desire to participate in a national final for Eurovision.
When asked more about the process that ERT intends to use, Giannis added:
The truth is ERT wanted to a national final this year for the selection of Stefania’s song but the pandemic made it difficult.
ERT has not held a national selection to choose its artist for Eurovision since 2015, each year since instead choosing the artist and song internally. A televised selection process was also held in 2017 to select Demy’s entry for Kyiv, Ukraine.
Greece is set to be represented by Stefania at Eurovision 2021 with the song Last Dance. The song is due to be revealed to the public in March.
Source: The Euro Trip Podcast & Eurovision Fun / Image Source: Eurovision.tv
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.