The first Greek Eurovision Pre-Party will probably take place on March 23, in Athens!

The first Greek Eurovision pre-party is anticipated to take place in Athens this year, as we exclusively disclosed around a month ago. Since March 23rd is the predicted date of the event, the talks are in progress, a few artists have already confirmed their attendance, and if nothing unexpected happens, the official announcements will be made in the coming days.

A popular Greek eurostar with presentation experience will be presenting the party, according to our exclusive information. Already, five of this year’s Eurovision contestants confirmed  that they would like to attend the first Greek pre-party; additional responses are anticipated.

However, in addition to this year’s Eurostars, well-known performers who competed as representatives of Greece and Cyprus will also be performing at the event. 2024 is the ideal year to host the first Eurovision pre-party in Athens, as it marks Greece’s 50th year of participating in the competition.

As previously reported, the event is anticipated to take place in a well-known concert venue in Athens. However, before any official announcements are made and the ticket pre-sale starts, certain details need to be finalised.

Of course, Eurovisionfun will be there to update you on everything that happens. The surprises don’t end here, of course, as we will soon be able to announce our own big party in Thessaloniki to mark our five years of operation.


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Greece: On March 7 the song for Eurovision 2024 will be released!

Through a special show which will be broadcast on ERT1 on March 7, in the context of the completion of 50 years since the first Greek participation in the Eurovision contest, the Greek participation for Eurovision 2024 will be revealed.

In the ERT press release, it also confirms all the information you read exclusively and through our website. In particular, the director of the video clip is Zac Wiesel and not the names that had been released in the past. Also, that Fokas Evangelinos has taken over the artistic direction of our participation, but also that Mecnun Giasar (Majnoon) is responsible for the choreography and movement. Information that all saw the light of day through Eurovisionfun, proving once again that valid and timely information is our synonym.

In an extraordinary evening show, which will be broadcast on Thursday, March 7, on ERT1, hosted by Fotis Sergoulopoulos and Jenny Melita, the song that will represent us in the 68th Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Malmö, will be presented of Sweden on 7, 9 and 11 May 2024.

FILMING OF THE VIDEO CLIP IS COMPLETED

Against the background of emblematic locations of Athens, such as the Acropolis, Plaka, Monastiraki and the Herodes Atticus Conservatory, the filming for the video clip of the song that will be performed by Marina Satti, representing Greece at this year’s Eurovision, has been completed.
For the filming needs, the lens also focused on other characteristic areas of Attica, among which Omonia, Lykavittos, Rafina, and “Eleftherios Venizelos” Airport.

Under the direction of Australian director Zac Wiesel, who has undertaken the editing of the video clip, the rich cultural heritage, history and modern landmarks of our country are highlighted.

The artistic direction of Marina Satti’s appearance on the Eurovision stage has been undertaken by Fokas Evangelinos, the choreography and movement direction by Mecnun Giasar (Majnoon), while the art direction by NMR.

Greece will compete in the first half of the second semi-final, which will take place on 9 May 2024.

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Greece: Is “ZARI” the title of Marina Satti’s Eurovision 2024 entry?

A lot of information emerged today regarding the Greek entry at the upcoming 2024 Eurovision Song Contest. According to what the reporter Yannis Poulopoulos revealed a while ago on the morning show Super Katerina, the song with which Marina Satti will represent Greece in the competition has the title “Zari” and is a composition of OGE, herself as well as of other creators. Zari (written in Greek as Ζάρι) is the greek word for dice.

In the video below you can see a part of the Greek TV show:

Yiannis Poulopoulos also showed footage from the filming of the video clip which is taking place at this moment, on the Holy Rock of the Acropolis, while in these footage we also saw Fokas Evangelinos, confirming what you first read through our website, that he will be the artistic director of Greece’s participation in Eurovision 2024. (read more here)

In the footage broadcast by the show, Marina Satti is holding the Greek flag, on top of the Acropolis with the Greek antiquities in the background, while as we understand she has the status of a tour guide. All this, of course, for the needs of the video clip, which, as we have already informed you, has a lot of exterior filming.

Finally, according to what was said on the show, “Zari” will contain mainly Greek lyrics, while the use of some minimal English lyrics is being considered, so that the message of the song to be conveyed easier to the international audience of Eurovision. It was confirmed once again that the zournas is the musical instrument that characterizes the song.

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Exclusive: Fokas Evangelinos appointed as Artistic Director for Marina Satti’s Eurovision 2024 Entry!

Just a few days ago, during the morning show “Super Katerina” on Alpha TV, journalist Giannis Poulopoulos revealed that Fokas Evangelinos had been offered the role of overseeing Marina Satti’s participation in Eurovision 2024. Now, we can exclusively disclose that the two parties have reached an agreement, with the esteemed and experienced director taking on the artistic direction of Greece’s entry in Eurovision 2024!

Below you can see the report from the Greek TV show:

According to our sources, the renowned director and choreographer responded positively to the proposal from ERT and Marina Satti. He will be responsible for shaping Marina Satti’s stage performance at the competition in Malmö. The remaining question is whether Fokas will solely handle Marina Satti’s stage presentation or if there will be other collaborators on the team.

Fokas Evangelinos has overseen the following Eurovision entries:

  • 2022: 8th place for Greece with Amanda Georgiadis Tenfjord and the song “Die Together.”
  • 2021: 13th place for Moldova with Natalia Gordienko and the song “Sugar.”
  • 2021: 10th place for Greece with Stefania Liberakakis and the song “Last Dance.”
  • 2019: 22nd place for Spain with Miki Nunez and the song “La Venda.”
  • 2019: 3rd place for Russia with Sergey Lazarev and the song “Scream.”
  • 2018: 11th place in the first semifinal for Azerbaijan with Aisel Mammadova and the song “X My Heart.”
  • 2017: 19th place for Greece with Demy and the song “This Is Love.”
  • 2016: 3rd place for Russia with Sergey Lazarev and the song “You’re the Only One.”
  • 2014: 7th place for Russia with Tolmachevy Sisters and the song “Shine.”
  • 2013: 2nd place for Azerbaijan with Farid Mammadov and the song “Hold Me.”
  • 2009: 7th place for Greece with Sakis Rouvas and the song “This Is Our Night.”
  • 2008: 1st place for Russia with Dima Bilan and the song “Believe.”
  • 2008: 2nd place for Ukraine with Ani Lorak and the song “Shady Lady.”
  • 2007: 6th place for Belarus with Dmitry Koldun and the song “Work Your Magic.”
  • 2006: 2nd place for Russia with Dima Bilan and the song “Never Let You Go.”
  • 2006: Creative Director of Eurovision Song Contest held in Greece.
  • 2005: 1st place for Greece with Helena Paparizou and the song “My Number One.”
  • 2004: 3rd place for Greece with Sakis Rouvas and the song “Shake It.”

He has directed a total of 17 entries, with 13 of them reaching the top 10, a record unmatched by any other director in the contest.

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Betting Odds: Ukraine Leads by Margin | Greece and Cyprus out of Top 20!

Following the first Super Saturday of the year, we saw significant reshuffling in the betting odds chart. Three new songs were selected last night, and the odds saw many changes, with Ukraine maintaining its top position, and moreover, with a clear lead. Bad news for Greece, which has significantly dropped compared to our previous article, and for Cyprus, which, despite gaining ground, still finds itself low in the rankings.

Top 5

Ukraine remains in the first position, with a considerable lead over its pursuers. A victory for Teresa Maria is playing out in odds of approximately 3.5, with no significant changes compared to our previous article. The United Kingdom, after the release of a teaser for Olly Alexander’s song “Dizzy,” temporarily dropped to third place, but is now back in second. A victory for the United Kingdom is playing out in odds ranging from 7 to 9. Italy is third, and after Angelina Mango’s victory, its odds have dropped, with a victory playing out in odds from 7.5 to 11. Sweden is fourth, and so far, has not convinced that it has a winning song. Rounding out the top 5 is Israel, which, after Eden Golan’s victory, regained some ground it had lost in the previous period.

The other countries making up the top 10 are Iceland, Croatia, Georgia, Finland, and Ireland.

Greece and Cyprus

Greece continues to lose ground and is now found in 21st place. A victory for Marina Satti is playing out in odds of up to 66, when just a few months ago, it was playing out in odds up to 35. Cyprus, on the other hand, had an upward trajectory in recent days, likely due to the publicity received from the filming of the video clip in Limassol. Cyprus is now in 27th place, with a potential victory for Silia Kapsis playing out in odds of up to 90.

The many fluctuations we have seen this year at the top of the betting odds herald an exciting year where we won’t know the winner early on, as happened in the previous two seasons. Of course, under the proviso that no song emerges as a clear favorite, and betting companies crown it the unbeatable favorite, as was the case with Stefania and “Tattoo.” We are likely heading towards a repeat of 2021, where things didn’t clear up even during rehearsals, as we had 3-4 songs that were betting favorites vying for victory on almost equal terms.

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Greece: Marina Satti will film her Eurovision 2024 music video this week | How can you take part?

Less than three months left until the 68th Eurovision Song Contest and the preparations of the Greek delegation are in full swing. As we have already mentioned, the song which Marina Satti will perform in Malmö is ready and is expected to be released early next month. In fact, the filming of the video clip is going to take place this week.

A few hours ago Marina Satti, through an Instagram story, invited her followers to participate in her next video clip, the shooting for which will take place next Tuesday.

Specifically, the singer mentioned that she’s mainly looking for people who have a special talent. She cited dancing, acrobatics, and magic tricks as examples. This is not a limitation, however, anyone can apply.

Through this story, the director of the video clip was also revealed. This role is taken by the acclaimed Will Noyse, who has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as SZA, while his films have been included in major platforms such as HBO. Those interested are invited to apply by sending a selfie to the director’s Instagram account (@willnoyse)

Although there was no mention of the contest, it is obvious that the filming is about the Eurovision music video as there is less than a month left until the deadline for submissions to the EBU.

As we have previously reported, Marina Satti’s song will have a strong Greek element and sound, while zurnas is the predominant instrument.


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Greece: Marina Satti is gonna release her song in early March!

Last night, Marina Satti, this year’s representative of Greece in Eurovision 2024, made her sold out concert in London in the music club “The Garage” in Highbury and Islington. Marina managed to excite the crowd there, by her unique way to combine traditional and modern music! This live performance is gonna be the last until the live performances in Euroviosion in May!

Marina Satti also spoke to the site “esc_plus” in an Instagram story, where she revealed:

We’re gonna release our song very soon, next month! Hope guys you enjoy it and I can’t wait! Send me messages when you see it and when you see the video and listen to the song.

 

So, it’s obvious that the Greek song is going to be released in the first days of March 2024, which is something very usual for the Greek entries in the contest! You can read some information about Marina’s song in this article!


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Eurovision 2024: The Semi-Final Allocation Draw Results!

Malmö with a very nice event hosted a few minutes ago the draw for the semi-finals of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest.

The analyzes of the fans and not only, have been on fire for a few minutes now. Since the theories based on the pre-history of the countries in the competition, it is a first insight into how passable the qualification to the final is or not. In other words, it’s time to make our predictions, about who will go through to the final and who are the favorites to say goodbye to Malmö early…

The presenters and the handover ceremony

Presenters of the Eurovision 2024 semi-final draw were Pernilla Månsson Colt and Farah Abadi. It is worth mentioning that Pernilla Månsson Colt was also the presenter of the corresponding draw in 2013, eleven years ago when Malmö hosted the Eurovision Song Contest for the last time. Both of them are part of the SVT staff, being some of the most beloved faces of the Swedish state broadcaster.

During the draw, the ceremony of handing over and accepting the emblem of the contest took place. The mayor of Liverpool, Steven Rotheram, formally handed over the “keys to the event” to the mayor of Malmö, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh.

Draw Procedure

Big 5 and Sweden

With the big winner of last year’s competition, Sweden, directly in the final, along with the Big 5 (UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain), the first part of the draw determined the semi-final that the direct finalists would vote for.

Will vote in the 1st Semi-Final:

  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany

Will vote in the 2nd Semi-Final:

  • Spain
  • Italy
  • France

In the semi-final that the six aforementioned countries were drawn to broadcast and vote for, the video from their dress rehearsal will also be shown. This was done at Eurovision 2016 for the first time, for reasons of equal exposure of the countries directly in the final and the countries that qualify from the semi-finals. Essentially, viewers see each entry twice during the shows.

Semi-Final Allocation Draw

The allocation draw for the two semi-finals had two parts. In the first part the 31 countries participating in the semi-finals were drawn in which of the two they will compete in. Fifteen countries will compete in the first semi-final and sixteen in the second semi-final.

In the second part, each country learned whether it will appear in the first or second half of the semi-final in which it will compete. The exact order of appearance will be determined by the EBU and the show’s producers at a later date.

1st Semi-final (May 7):

1st Half

  • Ukraine
  • Cyprus
  • Poland
  • Serbia
  • Lithuania
  • Croatia
  • Ireland

2nd Half

  • Slovenia
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Portugal
  • Luxembourg
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Moldova

2nd Semi-Final (May 9):

1st Half

  • Austria
  • Malta
  • Switzerland
  • Greece
  • Czechia
  • Albania
  • Denmark
  • Armenia

2nd Half

  • Israel
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Latvia
  • San Marino
  • Belgium

Malmö will host the 68th Eurovision Song Contest from 7 to 11 May at the Malmö Arena. The motto of this year’s event, as chosen by the organisers, is “United by Music“, retaining the motto first chosen for last year’s contest in Liverpool.

You can see the draw again through the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_-2hMEq5sk

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Eurovision 2024: Tonight the Allocation Draw!

At 19:00 CET and live from Malmö, Sweden, the draw for the Eurovision 2024 semi-finals will take place tonight.

During today’s event, there will also be a handover of the event’s banner from the city of Liverpool to the city of Malmö. For this reason, both the Mayor of Liverpool, Steven Rotheram, and the Mayor of the Swedish city, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, will be present at today’s draw.

The hosts

The hosts of tonight’s draw for the semi-finals of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest will be Pernilla Månsson Colt and Farah Abadi. It is worth mentioning that Pernilla Månsson Colt was the presenter of the equivalent draw in 2013, eleven years ago when Malmö hosted the Eurovision Song Contest for the last time.

The draw procedure

The first part of the draw will determine which semi-final will be broadcast and voted for by each of the six countries that are directly in the final on 11 May (Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom).

The second part of the draw will determine which semi-final and which half the other 31 participating countries will compete in. As in recent years, the exact order of appearance will be determined by the event producers at a later date.

The 31 countries have been divided into five pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by Eurovision’s official voting partner, Digame.

Drawing countries from different pots aims to reduce the likelihood of so-called neighbour voting and increases the suspense in the semi-finals.

Pots

Pot 1
  • 🇦🇱 Albania
  • 🇦🇹 Austria
  • 🇨🇭 Switzerland
  • 🇭🇷 Croatia
  • 🇷🇸 Serbia
  • 🇸🇮 Slovenia
Pot 2
  • 🇦🇺 Australia
  • 🇩🇰 Denmark
  • 🇪🇪 Estonia
  • 🇫🇮 Finland
  • 🇮🇸 Iceland
  • 🇳🇴 Norway
Pot 3
  • 🇦🇲 Armenia
  • 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
  • 🇬🇪 Georgia
  • 🇮🇱 Israel
  • 🇱🇻 Latvia
  • 🇱🇹 Lithuania
  • 🇺🇦 Ukraine
Pot 4
  • 🇨🇾 Cyprus
  • 🇬🇷 Greece
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland
  • 🇲🇹 Malta
  • 🇵🇹 Portugal
  • 🇸🇲 San Marino
Pot 5
  • 🇧🇪 Belgium
  • 🇨🇿 Czechia
  • 🇱🇺 Luxembourg
  • 🇳🇱 Netherlands
  • 🇲🇩 Moldova
  • 🇵🇱 Poland

https://twitter.com/Eurovision/status/1751972070479565001

So in the evening, we all tune in for the draw of the semi-finals of our favourite contest. You can watch the draw on the official Eurovision channel on YouTube.

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Eurovision 2024: The Semi-final allocation pots!

The Semi-Final Allocation Draw 2024 will take place tomorrow Tuesday 30 January at 19:00 CET live from Malmo, alongside a ceremony which sees the Host City insignia pass from previous hosts Liverpool to Malmo.

The draw will be hosted by Pernilla Månsson Colt and Farah Abadi and fans will be able to watch on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

The Allocation Draw will determine whether countries participate in the First Semi-Final (Tuesday 7 May at 21:00 CEST) or the Second Semi-Final (Thursday 9 May at 21:00 CEST). Also randomly allocated is whether a country will perform in the first or second half of the Semi-Final they’ve drawn.

Semi-Final Allocation Draw: How does it work?

Sweden as the Host Country and reigning champion respectively, along with the other 6 members of the so-called ‘Big 6’ participating countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom) do not compete in the Semi-Finals, but their domestic audiences do get to vote in one of them… so before the competing countries are allocated a place in a Semi-Final, it will be randomly determined which of the Semi-Finals the Big 6 will each be allowed to vote on.

The next part of the draw will determine in which Semi-Final and in which half of the respective Semi-Final the other 31 participating countries will perform in.

Semi-Final Allocation Pots 2024

Pot 1

Pot 2

Pot 3

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Croatia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Denmark
  • Australia
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Estonia
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Georgia
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Ukraine

Pot 4

Pot 5

Pot 6

  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Netherlands
  • Moldova
  • Poland
  • Luxembourg
  • France
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • Sweden

 

Drawing countries from different pots helps to reduce the chance of so-called neighbourly voting and increases suspense in the Semi-Finals. You can get a good idea of how it will all work by watching the 2022 Allocation Draw on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

The Eurovision Song Contest is due to take place on 7, 9 and 11 May 2024 in Malmo, Sweden, who won the Contest thanks to Loreen winning in 2023.

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Source: Eurovision.tv