Greece: Stefania confirms that she will represent the country at Eurovision 2021

In a post on Instagram, Stefania confirms that she will represent Greece country at Eurovision 2021, no doubt.

After yesterday’s press release of ERT, which says that the ERT administration would like to continue its collaboration with Stefania and next year, the 17-year-old singer, officially accepted the proposal and so we can confidently say that is Greece’s representative for Eurovision 2021.

“Although I am very saddened by the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, I fully support the decision, as health and safety are above all else. 💙 I would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone at ERT, not only for choosing me to represent our country at Eurovision 2020, but mainly because they want to do it again at Eurovision 2021 expressing their support in person to me twice means too much to me and i won’t disappoint you. So make an appointment in Rotterdam in 2021 … And as @marketinggreece says: When the time comes, we’ll be there for you. Until then be healthy 💙🇬🇷🤍”

Stefania

In her appearance on Dutch television yesterday, Stefania said she would obviously like to be part of the next year’s contest with a different song, as “SUPERG! RL” by 2021 will sound “old”. Other artists made similar statements.

 

Greece: ERT’s Announcement for Cancellation of Eurovision 2020 | With Stefania in Eurovision 2021

The question that concerns all fans of the contest, and not only, is whether ERT will choose Stefania as its representative for Eurovision 2021 as well. Not long ago, Greek public broadcaster issued a press release announcing the cancellation of this year’s competition. In this announcement,ERT  thanks Stefania and her team for their excellent cooperation and it seems that they are giving an appointment in Rotterdam next year!

“A decision by the European Public Broadcasting Union (EBU) has canceled the Eurovision  Song Contest in Rotterdam because of the coronavirus pandemic. In its letter to EBU members, contest  executive Jon Ola Sand said – inter alia -: “Our dear partners and friends, We are at a disadvantage in announcing the cancellation of this year’s Eurovision in Rotterdam. In the last few weeks we have worked out a number of alternative projects aimed at holding this year’s competition, but the uncertainty created by the spread of COVID-19 in Europe in conjunction with the security measures imposed by both the Dutch authorities and governments of the participating countries led the EBU to the difficult decision not to proceed with Eurovision 2020 as planned. The EBU, NPO, NOS, AVROTROS and the Rotterdam authorities are continuing discussions on the competition in 2021. We understand your frustration at this time, and as we elaborate on the developments resulting from this unprecedented decision, we ask you to your patience until we are younger in the days and weeks ahead. ” ERT has already assessed as very positive the way in which the Greek and European audiences have accepted this year’s selection of the talented Stephania Luberakakis, as well as the cooperation she has had with her. ERT intends to continue this cooperation over time, as the EBU’s final decisions become known”.

SUPERG! RL by Dimitris Kontopoulos, ARCADE and Sharon Vaughn may not have been represented to us at Eurovision 2020, but it was loved by all Greeks bringing it high from the very first moment of its release on all charts. In the difficult days we all live in, let’s hold on to the optimism and power of this song, hoping that soon we will have beautiful moments again.

Greece: Stefania’s appearance on RTL Boulevard | What did she say about the 12th from Netherlands and the coronavirus

Shortly after the premiere of SUPERG! RL this afternoon on ERT and YouTube, Stefania appeared on RTL’s live show, “Boulevard”. The most popular magazino on Dutch television.

“I hope to get the 12th of Netherlands”
At first the presenters joked that she represents Greece and did not wait long to represent the Netherlands.

“Why not of time! Anyone can suggest it to me. They know where to find me!”

Stefania was then asked about the position she could reach.

“I don’t know, I’ll just enjoy it and do my best for Greece and the Netherlands.”

Of course Stefania could not leave the step she was given unused and once again stated that she wants the 12 points from Netherlands.

“Hope to get the 12 points from the Netherlands!”

Stefania for the coronavirus

One of the issues that concerns not only Greece, but also the entire world is the Coronavirus. Even a few days ago a leading Dutch virologist had stated that if the virus continues to spread at this rate, the contest may have to be canceled.

The journalist asked Stefania if she was scared by the virus.

“No, I’m not afraid of it at all. I think everything will go well.”

Watch the full interview HERE.

 

Greece: “SUPERG!RL” just released! Enjoy it

Following its first broadcast on ERT and the tv show “Eurovision Countdown”, the video clip of the Greek entry, “SUPERG!RL“, ​​is now available on Stefania’s YouTube channel. In the following hours there will be in all the e-shops. Enjoy it in repeat!

Once again, the music is written by Dimitris Kontopoulos and ARCADE, while the lyrics are by Sharon Vaughn, Dimitris Kontopoulos and ARCADE. The director of the video clip is talented Costas Karydas.

This is the song and video clip of the Greek entry for Eurovision 2020. Watch it below:

 

The authors’ statements shortly after the first official release of the Greek entry

As has long been known, the creative team includes Dimitris Kontopoulos and ARCADE, while Sharon Vaughn has written some of the lyrics. The director of the performance  in Rotterdam will be Fokas Evangelinos, while the video clip we first enjoyed a few minutes ago is directed by the promising Kostas Karydas.

“Stefania has a very strong voice and a very nice tone,“said renowned composer and producer Dimitris Kontopoulos.

“To be honest, it was difficult to find the right song for Stefania, as we wanted to fit both her age and her personality, but I think we did it. It is my first time competing for the Eurovision contest with Arcade, a very talented group of composers and producers, and it is always my honor to work with Sharon Vaughn, an outstanding songwriter with international success”.

Director and scriptwriter Costas Karydas, speaking about the video clip, said:

We created a story with surreal elements. We are following a young girl who finds the strength to embrace her specialty in a society that sees her as something foreign. It is a journey of exploring power within it. The video comes to complement the song, which is dynamic and fresh. The whole team is made up of professionals, who in their field have given 100% to get a perfect result. We also had a great collaboration with Stefania, who surprised us with her hard work and acting skills”.

Greece: Today the presentation of “SUPERG! RL”

The big day for the ubiquitous Greek Eurofans has dawned! Everything is ready for the official launch of the “SUPERG! RL” video clip! Today at 167:00 CET time, with ERT1 frequency and the tv show “Eurovision Countdown”, with presenter Michael Marinos, the wait is coming to an end!

The “Eurovision Countdown” show for the Eurovision 2020 song contest kicks off at ERT. From this Sunday and every Sunday, Michael Marinos will take us to the magical world of our favorite contest. As part of the broadcast, the videoclip of the Greek participation in this year’s song contest will be broadcasted – at first viewing! But it will not only have a Greek “color” as the other 65 Eurovision entries so far will be screened. Also throughout the coming weeks the show will feature a variety of reports on this year’s participants as well as a look at the history of the competition!

The first show guests are George Kapoutzidis and Maria Kozakou, who will also be the commentators fro Greece in the upcoming contest. Apart from the twin Greek commentators, of course, we will have the opportunity to see Stefania, as well as her loved ones who wish her good luck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greece: ERT Working Group on Eurovision 2020 just revealed| All the names

ERT’s  Eurovision 2020 Working Group announced! The five-member committee, headed by Dimitris Papadimitriou for a second consecutive year, has been tasked with delivering an opinion / proposal to the company’s board of directors for the artist who will represent Greece in May in Rotterdam!

The decision signed by the company’s CEO, Mr. Gabritsos Georgios, was announced at today’s meeting of ERT’s management with the reporters of the television reporting, consisting of:

1. PAPADIMITRIOU Dimitris – Composer, Member of the Board of Directors of ERT SA (Chairman)
2. ADAM Petros – Music Producer (Member)
3. MARKAKIS George – Journalist (Member)
4. PETRIDIS Giannis – Music Producer (Member).
5. KOUFOPOULOU Maria – ERT SA International Relations Manager (Member)

It is worth noting that ERT is moving much faster than last year, since the corresponding committee for Eurovision 2019 was set up on 10 January! This announcement also fully confirms the EurovisionFun report on the non-completion of a national final in 2020.

According to the announcements, ERT wants to choose its participation before the holidays so that it has the right time to prepare as best as possible, with the aim of returning Greece to the top ten. The selection for 2020 will also be made by direct assignment.

 

Greece: The extroversion is the goal of ERT

New administration of ERT presented today its plans and “vision”  to reporters covering television reporting. The main purpose of the next television season is to win the television bet, even after many years of betting on entertainment. Of course, the presentation could not miss the reference to Eurovision, which remains the strongest paper on Greek public broadcaster.

The ERT administration has committed to prepare a program (in the full sense of the word, as we refer to television and radio stations) that will have content that will appeal to the majority of the television audience.

The evidence presented by ERT CEO George Gabritsos in his speech is many, interesting and ambitious we would say! But what has been said many times is that ERT intends to become an extrovert, which means that it will give its viewers more attention. The main objective of ERT is to increase the viewership.

So for the next season, in 2020-21, ERT will have a full schedule focusing on entertainment. So ERT1 will be a channel that will not only have information but also entertainment. It is no coincidence that series (such as the one that will bring Victoria Hyslop’s signature) are on the air next season, and new releases.

For the current season, as the CEO said, few new productions were planned by the previous administration. A sample is expected to be received in the coming days, as we have informed you, and what mechanism will be used by ERT to choose our participation in the upcoming Eurovision Contest. The days that for some people in ERT, the competition was faced with disgust and disgust, have gone irreversibly and hold on to what we are told, the new administration has taken it very patriotic and wants nothing more than to bring Greece back to the top 10 in the standings. So it may be late, as some say in the official announcements … but many are already being prepared!

So with our wish, ERT will win the position it deserves among viewers and society!

 

Greece: Working Group composition not to be announced soon| The way Greek participation will be selected! EXCLUSIVE

The announcement of the ERT working group was widely expected this week, following reports that confirmed it. In the end, this has not happened and will not be done until at least the final details of the procedure to be followed by ERT for the selection of the greek representative at Eurovision 2020 will be settled.

The committee may not have been announced, but that does not mean that ERT is not preparing for its next involvement. It has already held a number of formal and informal meetings over the past period and appears to have come up with the procedure to choose this year’s representative.

An open national final is not going to take place as we have written for months, since neither the time nor the ability to organize something worthwhile would have been possible. What qualifies is an internal choice. Indeed, it is very likely that there will be some kind of open invitation to interested artists and creators. The working group, which this year will be a 6-member group, in which the composer Dimitris Papadimitriou will again participate, will be invited to propose to the Board of Directors the best of the proposals. Then the Board of Directors. whether or not to approve the proposal of the working group.

The working group will be announced in the coming days (with no announcement coming next week), after all the details of the selection process have been settled and decided. In addition,  these days the head of the Greek Delegation  and International Relations Manager, Maria Koufopoulou, is in Geneva, in the General Assembly of the EBU.

Anyone in a hurry should think that the relevant  announcement last year was made on 10 January. The intention of the new ERT administration is to do everything possible for Greece to be at the top 10 of the Eurovision 2020 rankings and we do not hide that we are optimistic that it will do so!

Greece: What is going on with Eurovision 2020?

For another year, ERT,the greek public broadcaster confirms how cumbersome the Greek bureaucracy  is. Although, as you read in our previous articles, three meetings have already taken place in the broadcaster’s HQ, white smoke does not yet exist.

ERT is still trapped in procedures and committees. Neither the art committee that proposes to ERT the way, but perhaps the artist who will represent us in Rotterdam, have been announced, nor have discussions with any artist been significantly advanced.

Stefania mentioned a few days ago on a greek private tv channel,SKAI,is indeed a possibility, but it is possible that they will end up in another person as ERT is heading in other directions as well … Dimitris Papadimitriou will also play an important role in the selection of the artist this year, and as we have told you in the past, the new management of Greek Public Television has turned away from professionals who have had a lot of success in their assets, but in this case as well come to some agreement with them.

What we hope for is that ERT has realized exactly what a competition like Eurovision requires and any experiments will finally stop. Fortunately or unfortunately, Eurovision has been fully commercialized in recent years and the level of the competition has risen sharply. It may  take examples from RIK, which for another year with a specific plan, sends an artist who fits into the style of contest, claiming the best result for 2020.

The experiments of recent years have not yielded any positive results and if Greece want to succeed after seven years on the left side of the table, it must “fight” with the same weapons, leaving the tip ideas and stereotypes. In addition, the new administration should, at its option, signal the change of page that it announces that it brought to ERT!

So waiting, with fewer meetings and more actions!

 

Greece: ERT’s new meeting on Eurovision| This is how the Greek entry will be selected! EXCLUSIVE

ERT held its third meeting on planning how to choose Greek participation in Eurovision 2020 yesterday (21/10).

The meeting was attended by the new administration, as well as the new program directors and, of course, ERT International Relations Manager, Ms. Maria Koufopoulou. Greek public broadcaster has received suggestions on how Eurovision 2020 will be handled by people outside ERT, who have experience and positive results in the contest.

In the near future, ERT will announce a committee, which will undertake to propose to the Board of Directors how to select the next greek delegation. That was the basic decision of the last meeting.

As we stated in our previous articles, the possibility of an open national final (with free entry) seems to have been definitely ruled out. Whether an artist will be nominated, such as this year with Katerina Duska or a small number (no more than 3-4), will be demonstrated along the way, based on the suggestions put forward by the committee.

ERT begins its journey to Rotterdam with dreams and optimism, for something better than it did this year in Tel Aviv with “Better Love”. Stay tuned for all the details!