It has been revealed that ERT will spend 340,658 Euros on all the costs involved with taking part in the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.
The 340,000 Euro figure that is being spent in 2021 is close to the amounts spent on the last two contests that were held in 2019 and 2018. The measures put in place against COVID-19 have increased the number of different activities and items that need to be covered including the need for extra hotel rooms and the process of creating a backup tape performance. 125,000 Euros of the 340,000 figure was spent on the entry fee to the EBU.
Greece will be represented by Stefania for the second year running, who will sing her song “Last Dance”. Stefania will give her first live performance of “Last Dance” on ERT1’s Easter show on Sunday 2 May at 10 pm. Stefania is due to perform a live and unplugged piano version of her song “Last Dance”.
Who is Stefania?
Stefania Liberakakis was born on December 17th, 2002 in Utrecht, the Netherlands to Greek parents. She started singing at the age of 8. She made her first television appearance in 2013 when she took part in the third series of The Voice Kids. She was eliminated in the Battle Rounds. After her appearance on The Voice Kids, she joined the childrens’ choir Kinderen voor Kinderen and remained a member for two years.
Last year, she was internally selected to represent Greece at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. She was due to sing “Superg!rl” before the contest was canceled.
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.