ERT has chosen: 7 songs are still competing in order to represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023!
The winning song will be selected by the jury and by the public. The public jury consists of 70 members that have been chosen through selected applications. ERT president Konstantinos Zoulas mentioned that all generations should be represented, the age distribution for the public jury looks as follows:
- 25 members in the 18 – 24 category
- 20 members in the 25 to 34 category
- 15 members in the 35 to 44 category
- 10 members in the 45+ category
The public jury will be creating an expanded committee, who will come to the Radio House of Agia Paraskevi on the 28th of December to listen to the nominated songs and vote for their favourites. The voting will approximately count as much as the EBU’s vote now.
The president of ERT also added:
“The EBU basically canceled the participation of the committees in the two semi-finals, only the public will vote. In the final, the committee’s choice will be 49.4% and the public’s will be 50.6%. We will do the same, the public will vote at a rate of 50.6% and the committee at a rate of 49.4%. It is democratic and we adapt to the new data.”
The chosen selection method is not to be seen as a national final, but it clearly is an expanded version of a pure internal selection – an approach that was chosen in the past couple of years to find the respective Greek Eurovision entry.
Greece at Eurovision
After the Eurovision debut in 1974, the country has taken part in the contest 42 times. Helena Paparizou brought the trophy home in 2005 with her uptempo song “My Number One”. Greece became a very successful competitor in the 21st century with 10 out of 14 top ten results, including three 3rd place finishes. The mediterranean country never came last in the contest. Many famous Greek artists were competing for their country in the past, including Anna Vissi, Kati Garby, Sophia Vossou, Thalassa, Sakis Rouvas, Helena Paparizou, Demy and Loukas Yorkas.
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