Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017
|Eurovision Song Contest 2017|
|Selection process||Artist: Internal Selection
Song: National Final
|Selection date(s)||Artist: 13 January 2017
Song: 6 March 2017
|Selected songwriter(s)||Dimitris Kontopoulos|
|Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest|
Greece will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, which will be held between 9 and 13 May 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. The Greek national broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) will hold a national final with music videos on 6 March 2017. Initially, two artists were to compete in a national final (Demy and the third place contestants at the fourth edition of the Greek X Factor, Stereo Soul), however, these plans were abandoned on 13 January when Demy and Dimitris Kontopoulos were instead internally selected to represent the nation. Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation will hold a national final on 6 March, at which three songs written by Kontopoulos will be performed by Demy. The song with the highest percentage would represent the country.
Prior to the 2016 contest, Greece had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirty-six times since their debut in 1974. The nation has won the contest on one occasion in 2005 with the song « My Number One » performed by Helena Paparizou. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Greece has managed to thus far qualify to the final with each of their entries. Between 2004 and 2011, the nation achieved eight consecutive top ten placements in the final. To this point, Greece in 2016 with Argo‘s « Utopian Land » failed to qualify from the semi-finals for the first time ever, being absent from the final for the first time since 2000. This was Greece’s worst result at the contest.
The Greek national broadcaster, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), broadcasts the event within Greece and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. ERT had been in charge of Greece’s participation in the contest since their debut in 1974 until 2013 when the broadcaster was shutdown by a government directive and replaced with the interim Dimosia Tileorasi (DT) and then later by the New Hellenic Radio, Internet and Television (NERIT) broadcaster. Following the January 2015 Greek legislative election, a draft proposal was initiated to reinstate ERT as the public Greek broadcaster. On 28 April 2015, the draft was approved and signed into law by the Hellenic Parliament, resulting in the renaming of NERIT to ERT; ERT began broadcasting once again on 11 June 2015. ERT confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on 28 August 2015. The Greek broadcaster has used various methods to select the Greek entry in the past, such as internal selections and televised national finals to choose the performer, song or both to compete at Eurovision. Since 2010, the Greek entry has been selected via a national final that featured a competition among several artists and songs with the votes of an expert jury and a public televote deciding the Greek Eurovision entry.
Internal selection of performer
In December 2016, it was revealed that Demy and Stereo Soul would compete in a national final with two songs each. These rumors continued until January 13, 2017, when ERT officially revealed that Demy will be the representative of the country at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest. Dimitris Kontopoulos and Fokas Evangelinos (the so-called from public « Dream Team ») were announced officially as the composer and the chorographer respectively.
Demy (in Greek Dimitra Papadea), is a Greek singer who is signed with Greek independent label Panik Records. At the 2012 MAD Video Music Awards, she won the award for Best New Artist and 2 other awards. As was mentioned in her acceptance speech, in 2011 she was watching the awards show on television and dreaming of one day winning one. One year later, her dream became a reality. Demy, along with The FaDe, also performed on the 2012 awards show. They were the first act on stage. They sang Soldier and Poses Hiliades Kalokairia.
Later the day of Demy’s announcement as performer at Eurovision, ERT revealed that Dimitris Kontopoulos (the selected songwriter) will write three songs for Demy, that they will compete in a national final with video clips at late February 2017 where the Greek public, would select their favorite song. Voting to select the song at the national final would be conducted through 100% televoting and SMS texting by the public. The three songs are in English language and each one of the songs are in different genres. The first song is a ballad, the second one is a dance song and the third is surprise, Demy said at 19 January, when she was invited by ERT tο gave her first interview after the announcement as the representative of country at Eurovision. The official video clips will be recorded in both Greece and Ukraine, especially in the city of Odessa, in order to show the hellenism of the city and to build bridges of friendship between the two countries.
Result of national final
|Draw||Song||Music (m) / Lyrics (l)||Televoting||Total||Place|
|Dimitris Kontopoulos (m) / Romy Papadea (l)|
|Dimitris Kontopoulos (m) / John Ballard (l)|
|Dimitris Kontopoulos (m) / Romy Papadea, John Ballard (l)|
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine and will consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017. According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 31 January 2017, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Greece was placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 9 May 2016, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.
The two semi-finals and the final will be televised in Greece on ERT1, ERT HD and ERT World as well as broadcast via radio on ERA 2 and Voice of Greece with commentary by Maria Kozakou and Giorgos Kapoutzidis.
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