Greece: Name of the five member committee to select Eurovision 2020 act revealed
ERT’s CEO Giorgos Gabritsos and the President of ERT’s council Constantinos Zoulas met the broadcasting editors, during a press confesrence at the Theocharakis Institution. Among others the five member team to select the Greek Eurovision 2020 representative was unveiled.
During the conference the names of the committe that will conclude in the act that will represent Greece in the next Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam were unveiled.These are:
- Dimitris Papadimitriou – Composer and Member of the ERT SA Board of Directors (chairperson)
- Petros Adam – Music producer
- George Markakis – Journalist
- Giannis Petridis – Music producer
- Maria Koufopoulou – International Relations Manager for ERT SA
While the committee is receiving proposals for acts and songs , its objective is to come down to a name by the end of the year. The panel has as a responsibility to deliver their opinion and evaluations on the proposals to ERT’s board of directors. With Greece not reaching the a top 10 placing since 2013, the officials aim to select the act that will bring the country back to its successful position of the past decade.
The Story so far
Greece has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 40 times. Its first participation took place in 1974 with Marinela. Since then the country has won one time the competition, in 2005 with Helena Paparizou and her entry My number one. Since 2004 and up to 2013 the country was one of the most successful countires in the contest, having achieved 9 times a top ten placing. In 2016 it experienced its first non qualifying results since the semi final were introduced, with Argo in Stockholm.
In 2019 ERT opted for an internal selection and selected Katerine Duska to represent the country with her entry Better Love, which eventually finished 21st in Tel Aviv.