Greece: More details about the Eurovision 2017 National final concept.
As the Greek national broadcaster , ERT, is working on the last details for the national selection, we have more news on how the final concept will be. According to information so far, during the national final night we will watch the video clips of the 3 candidate songs, that Demy and Dimitris Kontopoulos have prepared for the next Eurovision Song Contest. Local Greek nationals and ones from abroad, will be able to cast their votes and pick the entry they prefer to represent Greece on Kiev’s Eurovision stage next May.
According to the site Newsit, unions of Greek diaspora from nine countries will cast their votes and will form this way the special jury of the national final. Greeks from Australia, Germany, Italy, this year’s host Ukraine and five more countries will determine the result in addition with the domestic public voting. Apart from the viewers in Greece, officials are searching a platform that will allow residents-viewers abroad to get involved in the voting process. .
The profits earned from the voting calls and sms will be donated to foundations with charity activity. National broadcaster’s objective is to spread the message of love , that all three songs express , to as many people and viewers worldwide. .
The Greek national final will take place on March 6 and will be hosted by the journalist, Elena Bouzala plus one more person-surprise! George Kapoutzidis, who was one of the steady hosts the last years, will miss this year’s final due to professional obligations abroad. Traditionally, one more year , the Cypriot representative, Hovig, will present to the Greek public his Eurovision 2017 entry, Gravity .
Though Greece was one of the few countries that made it every single contest to the final, last year the country experienced its first disqualification in the Eurovision Contest, since the semi finals where introduced, as the Greek entry Utopian Land , performed by the group Argo , ended up at the 16th place in the 1st Semi Final with 44 points.