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Greece: With Victor Vernicos and “What They Say” in Eurovision 2023!

With a surprise announcement a few minutes ago through the main news bulletin, ERT announced that Victor Vernicos will be the representative of Greece in Eurovision 2023. Vernicos will represent Greece in Liverpool with the song “What They Say“.

Victor Vernicos was born in Athens and is the youngest representative that Greece has ever sent to Eurovision, as he is only 16 years old, while his song “What They Say“, with which he will represent the Mediterranean country, is his own composition.

This announcement puts an end to the long process chosen by the Greek state broadcaster for the selection of the representative of Greece in the 67th Eurovision Song Contest which will take place in May in Liverpool.

Viktor Vernicos was seen as the ideal to represent Greece at Eurovision 2023, being the big winner of the internal process which included public (50.6%) and jury (49.4%) voting.

The artistic committee of ERT evaluated the proposals of all the artists, with over 106 songs, and singled out the three best, who held private meetings at the ERT’s headquarters, with the jury committee and the ERT’s management.

After these meetings, where the candidates presented more details (stage appearance, promotion of the song, plans for the video clip, etc.), the competent committee considered Victor’s proposal as better and more complete, considering primarily the song, but also the above important factors. Of course, the voting of the 70-member Polling Committee played a role in the selection.

Thus, for all these reasons, Vernicos was preferred over both Melissa Mantzoukis with the song “Liar” which allegedly won the public vote and the duo of Antonia Kaouri and Maria Maragkou with the song “Shout Out” which allegedly to win the corresponding jury vote.

The committee consists of the following:

  • Dimitris Papadimitriou, music composer – President
  • Maria Kozakou, director of the Second Program of ERA, commentator of the Eurovision contest
  • Fotis Apergis, ERT radio director
  • Petros Adam, music producer
  • Yannis Petridis, music producer
  • Konstantinos Bourounis, head of ERT’s youth program
  • Leonidas Antonopoulos, journalist and music producer

Who Is Who

Victor Vernicos is a proposal of PANIK Records. As he mentioned the theme of his participation is human anxiety, while he characterized his song as a festive, atmospheric ballad.

Victor has been involved in music since he was 4 years old. He has taken vocal and guitar lessons, while he has also attended music technology seminars.

In 2021 he released his first song in which he wrote music, lyrics but also produced it himself. At the moment he is taking vocal and performance lessons with Nina Lotsari.

 

Greece: ”Shout Out” of Antonia Kaouri & Maria Maragou leaked!

One of the three candidate songs that are in ERT’s shortlist for the Greek representation for Eurovision 2023, leaked on Twitter a few hours earlier.

The song by Antonia Kaouri and Maria Maragou was initially leaked on Twitter and is now also available on YouTube. Many of the members of the audience committee who have heard the songs have confirmed that this is one of the songs that they heard during the voting.

The user who leaked it on Twitter claims to be from Sweden and has contacts with the song’s composers. We remind you that the song is signed by creators from Sweden.

We await with interest whether this leak will affect the participation of the two women in the final selection phase of the Greek participation.

What do you think of Shout Out? Tell us in the comments below!

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It’s the final countdown: One of them will represent Greece at Eurovision 2023!

Female, male or duet will be the Greek representative at Eurovision 2023. All options remain on the table, but only three specific artists, or rather four – since we also have a duet among the final shortlist, continue to hope and dream that they will lift the Greek flag in Liverpool.

Through the ERT1 show, Proian Se Eidon Tin Mesimvrian, Fotis Sergoulopoulos and Jenny Melita announced the three artists who have stood out from the combined voting of the audience committee and the artistic committee. So they are in alphabetical order:

Antonia Kaouri & Maria Maragou – Shout Out (uptempo pop/rock)
Melissa Mantzoukis – Liar (pop dance)
Victor Vernicos – What They Say (midtempo festival ballad)

The artistic committee of ERT, after completing the meetings with the above artists and their groups, in order to get to know them in person, but also to be informed about their plans for the stage presentation, the video clip and the promotion of their song abroad, will give their final score, which combined with the vote of the audience committee will determine the artist who will represent Greece in the 67th Eurovision Song Contest.

The final announcement is expected next week!

Who do you think will represent Greece at Eurovision 2023? Tell us in the comments below!

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the developments!

Greece: These are the results of the vote of the Audience Jury!

Yesterday, Wednesday 28/12, the 70 members of the Audience Jury heard for the first time the 7 candidate songs of ERT for Eurovision 2023. In a well-organized process by all accounts, we also have a first fairly reliable picture of the voting results. Eurovisionfun having contacted many of the committee members, but also from social media posts, related forums and groups dealing with the Eurovision contest, we are able to reveal to you the results of the voting.

So, based on all the above, the three songs that are leading in the Audience Jury’s rating are the following:

  • Melissa Mantzoukis – Liar
  • Klavdia – Holy Water
  • Victor Vernicos – What they say

We may not know the exact order of the above three songs, but without any doubt they are the three songs that the Audience Committee singled out and were first in their preferences.

On the other hand, the three songs that seem to be in the last three places of preference of the Audience Committee are the following:

  • Monika – I’m Proud
  • Konstantina Iosifidou – We’re young
  • Antonia Kaouri & Maria Maragou – Shout out

Right in the middle of the preferences, it seems, is the participation of Leon of Athens – Somewhere to go.

Η επιτροπή κοινού κατά τη διάρκεια της ακρόασης των 7 τραγουδιών

Similar results to those of the Audience Committee were also given by our readers, where with more than 2,000 different votes, they have approximately the same ranking in their preferences. You can see the results of our Poll HERE.

We remind you that the vote of the Audience Jury constitutes 50.6% of the final result, with 49.4% determined by the seven-member jury of ERT.

Immediately after the New Year, the artists and their groups will meet the artistic committee and the management of ERT in separate appointments, in order to present their plans for the stage appearance, the promotion of the song, etc., if they are selected. The artistic committee will then give their own score, where combined with the score of the Audience Committee, they will determine the artist and the song that will represent Greece in Liverpool. The announcement is expected by mid-January.

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun for all the updates!

Greece: These are the titles of the 7 shortlisted songs for Eurovision 2023!

The titles of the 7 shortlisted songs have been announced today by the Greek Public Broadcaster ERT. One of these will represent Greece at Eurovision 2023.

The titles are:

  • Antonia Kaouri & Maria Maragkou – Shout Out! 
  • Konstantina Iosifidou – We are Young
  • Klavdia – Holy Water
  • Leon of Athens – Somewhere to Go
  • Melissa Mantzoukis – Liar
  • Monika – I’ m Proud
  • Victor Vernicos – What They Say

The Greek entry for Eurovision 2023 will be selected by a combined vote of a demoscopic jury counting for 50,6% and a professional jury counting for 49,4%, a voting pattern similar to the new system which was announced a few months ago by EBU, to be used at the Grand Final of Eurovision 2023.


Don’t miss our YouTube live at 20.00 Greek Time, where we’ll be talking all about everything, commenting on today’s announcements and the voting process of the public committee!

 

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the latest updates on the Greek entry and more!

source: ΕΡΤ

Greece: The 7 artists of ERT’s shortlist have been revealed!

After the completion of the voting of the public committee – demoscopic jury, the names of the seven artists who remain in the running to represent Greece at Eurovision 2023 were revealed! These are four female and two male solo artists as well as a female duet!

Who are the 7  shortlisted artists?

ERT’s seven-member panel of experts selected the seven songs which were evaluated today by the 70-member demoscopic jury. The lucky eurofans, who were randomly selected by an electronic draw among approximately 3,000 applicants, had the opportunity to listen to the seven songs, one of which is the 43rd Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. Immediately after the voting was over, ERT, in order to prevent any leaks, revealed the names of the seven artists who are in the final phase of the selection process.

But let’s see in detail who are the seven artists who are still hoping to represent Greece in the 67th Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool next May!

(The names are in alphabetical order)

Konstantina Iosifidou

The young singer-songwriter Konstantina Iosifidou, who is part of the Final Touch record label (label of Walnut entertainment), submitted her proposal for Greece’s participation in the 67th Eurovision Song Contest to ERT. Her song is an English pop-rock ballad with lyrics and music by her. It is an anthem for the joy of life, love and freedom of youth.

Konstantina Iosifidou is 22 years old and became known through her participation in The Voice of Greece in 2018 in the team of Panos Mouzourakis. In 2022, the young and talented Konstantina made her recording debut with the song ‘Let you go‘.

Antonia Kaouri & Maria Maragkou

One of the surprises of this year’s shortlist is the female duo of Antonia Kaouri and Maria Maragkou. Apart from her solo entry, Antonia Kaouri also submitted a duet with Maria Maragou, which managed to make it to the final selection phase.

You have been reading about Antonia Kaouri for quite some time on Eurovisionfun, and she was one of our suggestions this summer. Antonia has released two singles since her participation in The Voice of Greece. Kostis Maraveyas described her as one of the best young pop artists of Greece. Antonia is signed by MINOS EMI.

Maria Maragkou is an actress, but she loves singing just as much. Her origin is from the island of Syros, and as you will see, apart from a very beautiful voice, she has a unique look. Undoubtedly, this is a female duet that would not remain unnoticed.

Klavdia

Klavdia Papadopoulou is yet another artist who gained recognition in The Voice of Greece. Klavdia’s submission, with her very special voice and the signature of the ARCADE songwriting and production team, managed to qualify for the final selection phase.

The song she submitted to ERT is an English melodic slow ballad with a build-up, adressing important social issues. The song showcases the young singer’s powerful voice and features emotional explosions. Klavdia is one of PANIK Records‘ proposals.

Leon of Athens

Another one of our summer proposals that shows up in the final shortlist of ERT is Timoleon Veremis aka Leon of Athens. The successful songwriter, who already has Eurovision experience, since he is one of the creators of Greece’s 2019 entry with Katerine Douska, wants to return as a performer this time around.

The creator of the song is himself, together with David Sneddon, and if we could describe his entry we would say that it is a happy uptempo song, with 80s vibes, reminiscent of Harry Styles’ latest releases. The lyrics of the song are in English. Leon of Athens is the proposal of Cobalt Music.

Melissa Mantzoukis

The finalist of German Pop Idol, Melissa Mantzoukis was another one of Eurovisionfun’s suggestions last summer for the Greek representation at Eurovision 2023.

Melissa’s proposal includes a song, written by a team of Greek and Dutch songwriters. Melissa recorded it this summer in Greece during her summer holidays. It is a modern pop dance track, which could easily be played in all the clubs. The song is a female emprowerment anthem, adressing the issue of how each modern woman has to find the confidence and protect herself from all the toxic and offensive behaviors she faces.

Monika

One of the surprises of this year’s Greek Eurovision selection process was the participation of Monika. Monica Christodoulou aka Monica or Monika is undoubtedly one of the biggest names taking part.

She and her team put a lot of thought into the song they submitted. It wasn’t the only one, as they submitted a total of three songs, one of which made it to the final shortlist. Her entry is a mid tempo track in her unique musical style and has English lyrics. Royal Music is the record label that signs her entry.

Victor Vernicos

Victor Vernicos Jorgensen is the youngest participant of this year’s selection process, as he is only 16 years old. Despite his young age, his remarkable talent led him to the final shortlist.

Victor writes, arranges and produces his songs himself.  That was the case with the song he submitted to ERT. His song is an English ballad and can be described as very emotional and powerful. It’s a song that wouldn’t be out of place in a Scandinavian National Final, which is not surprising considering Victor also has Danish roots. Victor Vernicos is a proposal of PANIK Records.

What’s next?

After the completion of the voting by the demoscopic jury, the shortlisted artists will meet privately with the 7-member panel of experts and the ERT management.

The artists and their teams will get to present their plans and vision for their participation, if they are selected. The professional team who will accompany them in Liverpool, their plans for directing and staging, promotion etc will be discussed. These meetings are very important, as last year they played a pivotal role in the selection of Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord and Die Together.

After the completion of the meetings, the ERT panel – expert’s jury will convene again to give their own rating. The final result will be decided by the public – demoscopic jury’s rating (50.6%) and the expert jury’s rating (49.4%), the same way the results of Eurovision 2023 final will be determined.

A final decision and announcement of the artist and the song that will represent Greece in the upcoming song contest is expected by mid-January.

Who will get to fly the Greek flag in Liverpool? Tell us in the comments below!


We would like to wish all 7 (+1, as we have a duet) artists good luck! May the best song win and he, she or they bring us the best result in Liverpool!

Congratulations to each and every one the artists who continue to hope for the Greek representation, and to all those who submitted entries but weren’t chosen to be in the shortlist.


Don’t miss our YouTube live at 20.00 CET, where we’ll be talking all about everything, commenting on today’s announcements and the voting process of the public committee!

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for real-time developments about Greece in Eurovision 2023!

Greece: The demoscopic jury vote takes place today!

The Greek Public Broadcaster ERT, announced that the Greek entry for Eurovision 2023 will be selected by a combined vote of a demoscopic jury counting for 50,6% and a professional jury counting for 49,4%, a voting pattern similar to the new system which was announced a few months ago by EBU, to be used at the Grand Final of Eurovision 2023.

After a public invite for interested audience members to be part of the jury, almost 3000 people submitted an application. 70 people were selected after an online draw and the demoscopic jury will vote today, Wednesday 28th of December. Participants are split based on their age groups as follows:

  • 18 – 25 years old: 25 jury members
  • 26-35 years old: 20 jury members
  • 36-45 years old: 15 jury members
  • 46 years old or older: 10 jury members

The demoscopic jury will give their scores for the 7 shortlisted songs chosen by the professional jury, at the headquarters of ERT in Athens.

What comes next?

Once the demoscopic jury vote is done, meetings will be held with the artists that are part of the shortlist. The management team of ERT and the professional jury will meet with their artists and their teams, allowing them to present their plans and vision for their song, in case they are selected to represent Greece at Eurovision 2023. Then, the professional jury will meet and give their scores for the entries. Scores will be combined based on the before mentioned percentages, and the entry for Greece in Eurovision 2023 will be determined.

The Greek representative and title of its entry will be announced until mid January.

 

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the latest updates about the Greek Eurovision entry!

Greece: 7 songs on ERT’s final shortlist!

A short while ago, during a broadcast on Greek public television, more details were revealed about the process that will be followed from now on for the final selection of the country’s participation in Eurovision 2023. The most important thing that was revealed is that seven songs were selected for the shortlist, as opposed to last year’s five.

As it was said in the broadcast the “Public Committee”, a number of Greek civilians that will be involved in the final song selection, has already been completed through the electronic lottery held at ERT’s radio building yesterday.

The members of the committee will listen on Wednesday 28/12 with headphones and in small groups, but also in different rooms, to the seven songs that remain in the process and have been selected by the creative committee.

Furthermore, ERT’s legal department has drawn up specific confidentiality protocols, which the 70 members of the Public Committee will be asked to follow. so that none of the songs are leaked.

Immediately after the evaluation of the seven songs by the Public Committee, the names of the seven artists who continue to compete for the Greek representation in the 67th Eurovision Song Contest will be publicly announced.

After the audition and scoring of the seven songs by the Public Committee, the artists will have separate appointments with their teams and the ERT committee, in order to present their plans for the contest, in case they are selected.

The final decision on the artist and the song that will represent Greece will be announced in early January.

Which seven artists do you think are on ERT’s final shortlist? Let us know in the comments below!

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Greece: The registration for the demoscopic jury opens tomorrow!

As previously announced by ERT President Konstantinos Zoulas, the Greek public television invites all interested fans who wish to be a part of the citizens’ committee – demoscopic jury, that will contribute in the selection of the Greek entry in Eurovision 2023, to apply for participation.

According to the new selection method, along with the ERT experts jury, the public will also have a say as to who will represent Greece, through this special demoscopic jury.

Through a platform that opens tomorrow, December 8 at 10.00 am and will remain open until December 10 at 10.00 am, anyone who wishes to participate in the electronic draw that will determine the 70 members of the demoscopic jury can do so by simply filling in some personal details.

The applicants will then be split into 4 age groups and from each age group a certain number of individuals will be randomly selected :

  • 18 – 25 years old: 25 persons
  • 26-35 years old: 20 persons
  • 36-45 years old: 15 persons
  • 46 years old or older: 10 persons

Those who are selected will be invited to visit the ERT headquarters in Agia Paraskevi, Athens (at their own expense) and rank a small amount of songs that have already been shortlisted by the experts jury. The demoscopic jury will determine 50.6% of the final result, with the remaining 49.4% being determined by ERT’s seven-member experts jury.

Participation in the electronic draw is prohibited to ERT employees, employees of record labels and production companies involved in the selection process, as well as to candidate artists and creators and their first and second degree relatives. The prohibition applies to those involved in all 106 songs and not only to the songs on the final shortlist, which will probably be announced after the members of the demoscopic jury cast their votes.

Those interested in helping ERT to select the Greek entry for Eurovision 2023 can register tomorrow and participate in the electronic draw for the selection of the members of the demoscopic jury by clicking HERE.

Source: ERT

Will you register? Tell us in the comments below!

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BREAKING NEWS: ERT announced a demoscopic jury for the selection of its Eurovision 2023 entry!

A few minutes before, the president of ERT, Konstantinos Zoulas, revealed on the Studio 4 show, the way the final selection of the Greek entry in Eurovision 2023 will be made! For the first time in history of the Greek Eurovision selections, a demoscopic jury will be used, with age criteria, which will be drawn by lottery and which, together with the special seven-member committee of ERT, will choose the song that will represent Greece in Liverpool.

  • The changes announced by the President of ERT can be coded as follows:
  • Next week there will be an announcement-invitation to those citizens who are interested in participating in the enlarged citizens’ committee, to select the Greek entry.
  • The members of this jury will be more than 50.
  • The composition of the jury will be based on age criteria.
  • More of the younger age groups and fewer of the older ones will participate.
  • The selection of the members of this committee will be done by electronic lottery, which will also be broadcast live, for reasons of credibility.
  • The final selection of the Greek entry will be made jointly by the citizens’ committee and by the special committee of ERT.
  • The citizens’ committee will go to ERT headquarters to listen to the songs with headphones and evaluate them. (This avoids the risk of leakage)
  • The citizens’ committee will determine 50.6% of the decision and the ERT committee 49.4%, exactly as will now be the case in the Eurovision final.
  • The two committees will evaluate a small number of songs, those selected as the best by the seven-member ERT committee.
  • No ERT employee will participate in the citizens’ committee.

ERT listening fully to the changes decided by the EBU for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, opens the selection process for the first time after 2017, allowing the public to participate in the decision.

It is not a national final, but it is a process quite close to the standards used by other countries, such as Switzerland, Austria, Germany in the past, etc. Spain also uses a demoscopic jury at Benidorm Fest and Italy at Sanremo.

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun for more updates!