Eurovision 2016 Guide: Greece

Eurovision Greece 2016

Greece is one of the most successful Eurovision nations of the twenty first century. In those fifteen years Greece has accomplished ten top ten finishes including three third places with Antique (2001), Sakis Rouvas (2004) and Kalomira (2008) and of course their only win to date in 2004 with Elena Paparizou’s ‘My Number One’. Since the semi finals were introduced in 2004, Greece has qualified every year. Their most recent attempt in 2015 was Maria Elena Kyriakou who finished in 19th place with her song ‘One Last Breath’.

For the past three years Greece has used Eurosong – A MAD Show to select their Eurovision entry. Due to poor results in the past two of these years, Greece has opted to return to an internal selection for 2016, the first time that they have done this since 2004.

Eurovision Greece 2016

                                                                     Greece’s Maria Elena in 2015!

Dionisis Tsaknis, who is responsible for the Greek selection, commented that:

‘The song has strong ethnic and Balkan sounds, but not in a traditional way. It’s an exciting song in Greek, bringing the country’s own identity to the contest. The lyrics will refer to the refugee crisis and the financial difficulties we are facing, but the song is really happy and upbeat.’

Following this on the 9th February it was revealed that Argo (formerly known as Europond) would represent Greece in 2016.

 

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