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Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (RIK): “It is a violation of the regulations what the media reports” | “It is known to the EBU!”

In a recent segment on RIK1, the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (RIK) addressed the allegations raised by the media and clarified its stance on the matter. Andreas Anastasiou, the head of press for the Cypriot delegation, asserted that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is now aware of the situation and emphasized that any such claims constitute a violation of the competition’s regulations.

Anastasiou elaborated on the voting process of the jury committee and addressed concerns regarding statements attributed to the President of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT). He stressed that if the reports are accurate, they represent a breach of the rules governing the Eurovision Song Contest.

Highlighting the longstanding relationship between ERT and CyBC, Anastasiou underscored that these allegations may necessitate changes in their dynamic. He reiterated that the EBU has been informed of the situation.

The relations between ERT and CyBC are long-standing and not personalised. If the reports are true, you can understand that some things will change. They are known to the EBU.

Concluding his remarks, Anastasiou extended well wishes to Marina Satti and Greece, making it clear that he was speaking on behalf of CyBC (RIK).

With the matter now brought to the attention of the EBU and considering Anastasiou’s statements, it appears that RIK awaits further developments from the organizing authority. This incident underscores the need for resolution between ERT and RIK, a matter that the EBU will likely need to address once again.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the latest updates on this developing situation!

Cyprus: Official Response from RIK Regarding Nea’s Article Tomorrow Monday!

Tomorrow, Monday, through the morning show of RIK1, the head of the Cypriot delegation to the contest, Ms. Evi Papamichael, is expected to give official answers to everything mentioned in the article of Nea, which has monopolized Eurovision interest for the past 24 hours.

The official position of RIK through the delegation leader of the country in the competition will be known tomorrow, Monday. Ms. Evi Papamichael is expected to provide answers regarding the stance that RIK will take on all the allegations made through the article of the newspaper “Ta Nea Savvatokyriako“, which has already been transmitted both through television broadcasts and online.

According to what was said on the show “I Love Soukou”, we will learn tomorrow the reaction of RIK, as well as the actions it will take or may have already taken and have not been disclosed. On the other hand, ERT continues not to respond to yesterday’s allegations, despite the continuous pressures from all media outlets.

We remind you that, based on what the newspaper reports, on February 21, the Ambassador of Cyprus to Athens, Mr. Augustides, and the President of ERT, Mr. Zoulas, met at the Radio House of Agia Paraskevi. Among the things discussed, the Ambassador informs the Cypriot government through an official document that the President of ERT notified him that Greece will not give a high score to Cyprus in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Nea reports:

It clearly predicted the result of the Greek jury, which had not even been formed in February, for a vote that would take place three months later.

The issue is not exactly insignificant. This is because, according to the regulations of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) governing the regulations, ERT does not vote, as Zoulas informed the Ambassador of Cyprus, but is required to establish an independent jury, which is explicitly prohibited from consisting of employees of state television, in order to evaluate the entries on artistic and only criteria, without being influenced by external factors.

With great interest, before we take a position on the issue, we will await the official explanations from ERT, as well as the stance that RIK and EBU will take in the face of this apparent violation of the regulations.

Eurovisionfun will monitor the issue and keep you informed, as always, of any developments, in this very serious issue that has arisen and will obviously monopolize interest in Greece and Cyprus in the coming days.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the updates!

Greece: ERT’s shock confession for predetermined jury vote

A bombshell news that will disturb the already disturbed relations between RIK and ERT, was published a short while ago by the newspaper Ta Nea.

The Ambassador of Cyprus lights fires

The news, which is also on the cover of the newspaper, concerns an official document – an information letter from Stavros Avgoustidis, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Athens, to official bodies of Cyprus, in which he informs the authorities in Nicosia, about what was communicated to him in a recent working meeting at the ERT’s Headquarters, by the President of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), Konstantinos Zoulas, concerning the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest and the jury votes that the Greek jury committee will give to Cyprus.

According to what is revealed in the newspaper, the President of ERT announced on February 22nd to the Cypriot Ambassador in Athens that Greece will give a low score to the Cypriot participation in Eurovision 2024. In more detail, the article states the following:

Official confession for… Eurovision!

Just when you think you have seen it all, the official document signed by the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Greece, Stavros Avgoustidis, for his meeting with the President of ERT, Konstantinos Zoulas, comes to leave you… in shock.

This is, in particular, the ambassador’s official briefing to the Presidential Palace of Cyprus, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Interior, the government spokesman and other official bodies, for his visit on February 21 to ERT’s premises. During their meeting, according to the ambassador, Zoulas referred to the burning issue of… Eurovision, stressing that “as far as Cyprus’ participation in this year’s Eurovision contest is concerned, ERT will not give high marks to the Cypriot entry”.

In other words, he clearly announced the result of the Greek jury, which in February had not even been set up, for a vote that would take place three months later.

The issue is not exactly trivial. This is because, according to the regulations of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) governing the regulation, ERT does not vote, as Zoulas told the Cypriot ambassador, but must set up an independent jury, which is expressly forbidden to be composed of employees of state television, in order to evaluate the entries on artistic criteria alone, without being influenced by external factors.

So one wonders how exactly Zoulas knew the result of such an evaluation by then. Unless he has a talent for futurology, say, or a magic crystal ball…

Awaiting developments in Athens, Nicosia and EBU

Obviously, what the Cypriot ambassador in Athens reports to the government services in Nicosia is very serious and raises relentless questions regarding the credibility of the Greek jury, whose members have already been notified to the EBU, since the deadline was Friday 12 April.

Of course all of the above comes a few months after the uproar and reactions caused by the 4 points given by last year’s Greek jury that deprived Andrew Lambrou and Cyprus of the top 10.

Eurovisionfun will be following the issue and will keep you informed as always for any news on this very serious issue that has arisen and which will obviously monopolize the interest in Greece and Cyprus in the coming days.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all developments!

Greece: Rehearsals cut short for Marina Satti!

According to latest news and information confirmed by Eurovisionfun, Marina Satti and her team decided to stop the rehearsals for Eurovision for a little while, as her father passed away. Marina is going through a lot, trying to recover from her loss.

Both ERT, the national broadcaster of Greece, and people from her team and label stand by her side in this difficult hour and understand the emotional situation that she is into.

Marina’s attendance at some tv shows and events is postponed for a few days.

Greece remains 8th at the betting tables and one of the favourite songs among fans. The “tailwind” after the release of Marina Satti ‘s “ZARI” brought the country within the Top 10, with Greece now stabilizing within it and not threatened to be lower in the near future. Marina will not attend any of the Eurovision pre-parties as was announced before the loss of her father.


The whole Eurovisionfun team sends Marina our heartfelt condolences. May she be resilient and healthy to remember him for many years!

Greece: Marina Satti’s “ZARI” Goes Gold!

Marina Satti’s “ZARI” has gone gold! The Greek entry for Eurovision 2024, which has gone viral both domestically and internationally, continues its impressive journey on digital platforms.

Very soon, most likely next week, “ZARI” will become platinum. It has already surpassed 3 million streams on Spotify and 4 million views overall on YouTube.

Marina Satti continues her preparation for Eurovision 2024, with betting odds and predictions placing the Greek entry very high.

The music of the song is signed by Marina Satti, OGE, Kay Be, Nick Kodonas, Jay Stolar, Gino The Ghost, and Jordan Palmer, while the lyrics are penned by VLOSPA, OGE, Marina Satti, and Solmeister. The song is released by Golden Records and Minos EMI, a Universal Music Company.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the updates!

Greece: Marina Satti’s performance will feature something unprecedented in Eurovision history!

Greece’s representative for Eurovision 2024 is Marina Satti. The release of her entry “Zari” approximately a week ago has already excited fans due to the ethnic sound it brings to the Eurovision contest.

Many fans are concerned about how “Zari” will be performed live on television because, despite its commercial success thus far, a Eurovision entry’s success is solely attributed to the Eurovision stage.

We have had very little information up to this point about what the Greek delegation has been getting ready for us.

The “finding” of Fokas Evangelinos

Exclusive information gathered by the Greek morning television show “Geia sou” claims that Fokas Evangelinos, the artistic director of Greece’s Eurovision 2024 entry, has a “finding” that will make “Zari” stand out.

Thus, and for the first time in the competition, Marina Satti’s performance on the Eurovision stage will be filmed in a single shot.

This means that Marina Satti will be the centre of her performance and all the elements of her performance will be included in Marina’s single shot. Therefore, there will be no changes in cameras and shots as usual.

Mads Enggaard in charge of Greece’s TV direction for Eurovision 2024

According to EurovisionFun’s exclusive information, Mads Enggaard is going to be the director of the TV coverage for the Greek entry in Eurovision 2024. 

Mads Enggaard brings his extensive experience to help Marina Satti make her performance more effective.

Fokas Evangelinos has taken over the artistic direction, while Mecnun Giasar (Majnoon) created the choreography that we will see on stage. NMR are also a part of this year’s Eurovision team.

Greece with Marina Satti and “Zari will perform in the first half of the second semi-final on May 9.

You can also watch EurovisionFun’s reaction video on “Zari“, below:

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news! 

Source: skai.gr

Greece: The Lyrics of “Zari” Revealed!

The music video of Greece’s entry for Eurovision 2024, “Zari,” was just premiered for the first time on “Eurovision in Sight” by ERT. Eurovision Fun presents you with the lyrics of the song.

Zari

Original Lyrics

Ponos mi mas erthei makari
Pefto kai kyliemai sa zari
Kano pos xechnao t’ onoma sou
Ki ola allazoun gyro mou apotoma

O anemos gia pou tha mas parei
Pefto kai kyliemai sa zari
Kano pos xechnao t’ aroma sou
Ki ola allazoun gyro mou

I’m gonna do it my way
Sto myalo sou tha bainovgaino
Giati de mou ‘doses to cheri
Oute gia na piasto
Kapote eicha pono gia sena kryfo
T’ afino ola na vgoune

Pame
Put your hands up
Kano oti den itane psema
Rixe alli mia teleftaia fora
Ki ase na mas ferei o,ti thelei meta
(TA TA TA TA TA)

(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
Ki ase na mas ferei o,ti thelei meta
TA TA TA TA TA TA
Na mas ferei o,ti thelei
(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
Ki as einai na mas ferei o,ti thelei meta
(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
Na mas ferei o,ti thelei

Na mi thymitho
Tis ores pou konteva na trelatho
Ase na mi thymitho
Den pisteves
To karma oti einai alithino

Pame
Put your hands up
Kano oti den itane psema
Rixe alli mia teleftaia fora
Ki ase na mas ferei o,ti thelei meta
(TA TA TA TA TA TA)

Moni ki an meno
Panta se perimeno
Tremo san floga
San spirto anammeno
Otan charazei
me troei to marazi
moni pethaino an eisai allou

(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
Ki ase na mas ferei o,ti thelei meta
(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
Na mas ferei o,ti thelei
(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
Ki as einai na mas ferei o,ti thelei meta
(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
Na mas ferei o,ti thelei

Ponos mi mas erthei makari
Pefto kai kyliemai sa zari
Kano pos xechnao t’ onoma sou
Ki ola allazoun gyro mou apotoma

O anemos gia pou tha mas parei
Pefto kai kyliemai sa zari
Kano pos xechnao t’ aroma sou
Ki ola allazoun gyro mou apotoma

(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
Ki ase na mas ferei o,ti thelei meta
(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
Na mas ferei o,ti thelei
Ki as einai na mas ferei o,ti thelei meta
(TA TA)

Ki ola allazoun gyro mou apotoma.

Translated Lyrics

Pain, may it not come, hopefully
I fall and roll like a dice
I pretend to forget your name
And everything around me changes suddenly

Where will the wind take us?
I fall and roll like a dice
I pretend to forget your scent
And everything around me changes

I’m gonna do it my way
I’ll be coming in and out of your mind
Because you didn’t give me your hand
Not even to hold onto
I once had pain hidden for you
I let everything out

Let’s go
Put your hands up
I’m pretending it wasn’t a lie
Throw one last time
And let it bring us whatever comes next
(TA TA TA TA TA)

(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
And let it bring us whatever comes next
TA TA TA TA TA
Let it bring us whatever comes next
(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
And even if it brings us whatever comes next
(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
Let it bring us whatever comes next

Let me not remember
The hours I almost went crazy
Let me not remember
You didn’t believe
That karma is real

Let’s go
Put your hands up
I’m pretending it wasn’t a lie
Throw one last time
And let it bring us whatever comes next
(TA TA TA TA TA TA)

Alone, I stay
I’m always waiting for you
I tremble like a flame
Like a lit match
When it burns out
Regret consumes me
Alone, I die if you’re elsewhere

(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
And let it bring us whatever comes next
(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
Let it bring us whatever comes next
(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
And even if it brings us whatever comes next
(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
Let it bring us whatever comes next

Pain, may it not come, hopefully
I fall and roll like a dice
I pretend to forget your name
And everything around me changes suddenly

Where will the wind take us?
I fall and roll like a dice
I pretend to forget your scent
And everything around me changes suddenly

(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
And let it bring us whatever comes next
(TA TA TA TA TA TA)
Let it bring us whatever comes next
And even if it brings us whatever comes next
(TA TA)

The song is penned by Marina Satti herself, along with Palmer Jordan Richard, Stolar Jay Lewit, OGE, Beshkov Konstantin Plamenov, Nick Kodonas, Gino the Ghost, Vlospa, and Solmeister.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the updates regarding the Greek participation in Eurovision 2024!

Greece: Marina Satti’s “ZARI” Released for Eurovision 2024!

The moment all Greek fans have been waiting for has arrived! “ZARI,” Greece’s entry for Eurovision 2024, performed by the multi-talented Marina Satti, has just been unveiled to the public.

The music video for “ZARI” made its official premiere on the show “Eurovision in Sight.” Immediately after airing, the video clip will be exclusively available on ERTflix. Shortly after, the song will become available on all music platforms, while the video clip will be accessible on the ERT channel on YouTube.

The video clip will be uploaded to the Eurovision channel the following day, on Friday, March 8th.

Check out the music video for “ZARI” at the link below:

Who is Marina Satti?

A graduate of classical piano, with advanced studies in music theory, a diploma in classical singing and acting, and a scholarship recipient of the internationally renowned Berklee College of Music, where she studied orchestration, production, and jazz music alongside Danilo Perez and Jamie Haddad, among others, Marina Satti has developed a personal sound that combines the different musical traditions she grew up with, such as Greek, Arabic, and Balkan. Representing Greece at the European Jazz Orchestra (EBU) with works by Peter Herbolzheimer, performing at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington with the World Jazz Nonet, and participating in the a cappella vocal group The Singing Tribe in collaboration with Bobby McFerrin, she is a creator and performer who is difficult to classify artistically.

From the Megaron Concert Hall and the Lyric Stage to festivals in the highlands of Crete, she can simultaneously be pop, ethnic, and mainstream, just as she can be lyrical, urban, and traditional with equal ease. European media present her as an ambassador of the Greek and Balkan scene, a unique path that blends traditional music with pop, both classical and contemporary. In 2017, she topped the charts with the single “Mantissa,” while shortly after, the audience embraced “Hidden Pain,” which premiered on the German COLORS (a first for a Greek artist with Greek lyrics), garnering another milestone on the NOWNESS platform, which first presented her exceptional music video for the traditional piece “Why My Bird.”

In 2017, she also founded CHÓRES [ˈkɔɾɛs], a purely female choral ensemble consisting of over 150 women aged 15-60, of which she is the artistic director—a creative hub aimed at rescuing, processing, and promoting the richness of Greek tradition, as well as creating original musical repertoire and performance activities in collaboration with contemporary artists, while uniquely reviving traditional songs of yesterday with today’s sound and aesthetics. In May 2022, she released her first full-length solo album, YENNA, while in 2023, she experimented by delivering the short documentary FLABOURO and TUCUTUM, a song-commentary on Balkan trap, which became the summer’s viral hit.

What do we know about Marina Satti’s song?

The title of the song, as we previously informed you, is “Zari.”

The song, along with Marina Satti, is co-written by eight acclaimed Greek and non-Greek composers who have significant successes and collaborations in their resumes.

The music of “ZARI” was composed by Marina Satti, OGE, Kay Be, Nick Kodonas, Jay Stolar, Gino The Ghost, and Jordan Palmer, while the lyrics were penned by VLOSPA, OGE, Marina Satti, and Solmeister. The music video was directed by Australian filmmaker Zac Wiesel.

You can find the lyrics of “Zari” in our related article.

Fokas Evangelinos will be in charge of the artistic direction of “Dice” in Malmo

As we revealed earlier, Fokas Evangelinos will be the artistic director of this year’s Greek entry and will be responsible for staging “Dice” at the competition in Malmo.

Of course, he will collaborate with the choreographer of this year’s entry, Mecnun Giasar, while the dancers who will accompany Marina Satti during her performance at the Malmö Arena stage are Eirini Damianidou, Yasin AO, Hüso Çetintaş, and Vasilis Karagiannis.

Greece in the Eurovision Contest

This marks Greece’s 44th participation in the contest. The debut was in 1974 with “Krassi, thalassa ke t’ agori mou,” securing an eleventh place. Until the end of the 90s, Greece often managed to be in the top fifteen of the final scoreboard.

Greece’s rise in the contest and the development of the institution in our country came in 2001 with Antique and “Die for You,” where the country achieved third place, its best result up to that time.

From 2004 to 2011, the country has eight consecutive placements in the final top ten, with the peak being our victory in 2005 with Elena Paparizou and “My Number One.”

Greece has three eliminations from the final in 2016, 2018, and 2023.

Last year, the country was represented by Victor Vernicos with the song “What They Say,” bringing the country outside the Grand Final for the third time.

Good luck Greece! Good luck Marina!

What did you think of “Zari“? Will Greece manage to return to the path of success?

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the developments regarding the Greek participation in Eurovision 2024!

Greece: When and Where “Zari” Will Be Available!

Just 24 hours separate us from the announcement of Greece’s entry for Eurovision 2024. “Zari” officially begins its journey to Malmö tomorrow night through the ERT1 channel and the show Eurovision Seen. Naturally, everyone is eager to know when they can watch the music video of our entry.

As previously announced, the first broadcast of the Greek entry’s music video for Eurovision 2024 will be aired during a special program on ERT, hosted by Jenny Melita and Fotis Sergoulopoulos. This live broadcast, scheduled to start at 20:00 CET and end at 21:45 CET, will also feature Marina Satti as a guest. The presentation of the song is expected towards the end of the program to maintain the audience’s interest.

According to our information, immediately afterwards the music video will be available on ERT’s YouTube channel and ERTFlix. The music video will be uploaded on the Eurovision channel the next day, Friday 8/3.

Everything is set for the grand evening tomorrow, and the first presentation of Greece’s entry for Eurovision 2024!

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the updates!

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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