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BROADCASTER
SONG   "Aphrodisiac"
SINGER   Eleftheria Eleftheriou
MUSIC & LYRICS  Dimitri Stassos, Mikaela Stenström & Dajana Lööf
DRAW   #3 in the first semi-final

 

THIS YEAR'S ENTRY

Despite the fact that Greece is the most successful country at the Eurovision Song Contest, since the event expanded in 2004, there were some doubts on there being a Greek entry in Baku, because of the financial situation in the country. In late 2011, it became clear that Greek broadcaster ERT was struggling to meet the financial commitments involved in sending at entry to the 2012 contest and negotiations began with local music companies on how to select and promote a singer to represent Greece in Baku.

ERT asked the music companies to cover the costs of recording and production of the songs in a national final and the promotion and production of the CD of the selected entry, the wages for creative and artistic professionals, as well as covering the flights and accommodation in Baku. ERT would only pay the entry fee to the contest. The only label to accept the terms was Universal, who then organised the national final. On February 23rd, ERT announced that four acts, all signed to Universal, would compete in a national final to be held on March 12th. The  four songs were released publicly on February 28th  although the names of the artists and songwriters were not made public until March 5th.

The Greek national final was held on March 12th at the River West Mall in Athens and was hosted by Maria Kozakou & Giorgos Frantzeskakis, with the winner being chosen by a 50/50  mix of televoting and a jury. However, ratings were disappointing, with the show only getting a 10.4% share and reviews were also generally poor. Only the winner was announced and the pre-contest favourite "Aphrodisiac" sung by Eleftheria Eleftheriou won the Greek ticket to Baku.

 

BIOGRAPHY

On the 12th of March 2012, Eleftheria Eleftheriou became the winner of the Greek Final for the Eurovision Song Contest. Thus, she will represent Greece with the song Aphrodisiac composed and written by Dimitri Stassos, Mikaela Stenström and Dajana Lööf, in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Eleftheria Eleftheriou was born on the 12th of May 1989, in Paralimni, Cyprus. Since childhood she had a great passion with music. Her one and only dream was to become a singer. In addition she loves also painting, dancing and playing sports.

In her school years she took piano and music theory lessons.At the age of 15 she started phonetic lessons. At the age of 16, she became soloist in the national folk orchestra of RIK broadcasting corporation, in Cyprus. She participated also in various music contests. When she graduated from high school, she started her Music and Performance studies, in the University of Surrey in London.

She became popular from her participation in the talent show X-Factor 2, in 2010, where although she was not the winner, she definitely made a great impression to everyone. Right after the show, she collaborated with Sakis Rouvas, singing together in his live performances. The same year she started singing with one of the famous Greek singers, Nikos Vertis. Together, they also toured abroad, in Europe and Australia.

In 2010 she released her first personal single Tables Are Turning, while in April 2011, she did the vocals in the huge hit single of Housetwins, Never. In the autumn 2011, she initiated her cooperation with Universal Music, getting ready to make a big step in her career.

For composer Dimitri Stassos, who is based in Sweden, Baku will be a second Eurovision experience and he'll be hoping for a better result, than his first song "La Noche Es Para Mí", came second last for Spain, in Moscow in 2009.

 

REACTION

With interest in the Eurovision Song Contest in decline in Greece and financial issues limiting promotional activity to neighbouring countries, it is perhaps no surprise that there has been a generally indifferent reaction to this year's Greek entry. Many were surprised that none of the songs in the final were performed live and indeed we have still to see a fully live performance of the song.

The bookmakers odds and prediction polls suggest that Greece will maintain its 100% qualification record from the semi-final, despite getting one of the worst positions in the running order, however maintaining the run of Top 10 results may be a challenge.

 

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REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (BAKU TIME)*
Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Sunday May 13th 12:30 - 13:10 13:55 - 14:35
Thursday May 17th 12:30 - 13:00 13:45 - 14:15
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be confirmed officially

 

 

 

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GREECE AT EUROVISION

  • First entry: 1975
  • Number of previous entries: 32
  • Best result: Winner (2005) 
  • Worst result: 20th (1998)
  • Qualification record: 5/5 (100% success)

TEN YEAR FORM GUIDE

 

WEBMASTER REVIEW

"There isn't very much I can say, as we've seen this kind of highly choreographed Greek pop on several occasions in the last ten years. It's quite catchy and I'm sure the stage performance will be slick, but I'll be interested to see how it sounds when performed live, as two backing vocalists are going to Baku. I think it will qualify and if it gets a reasonable draw and is performed well, there is no reason to believe that we won't see Greece back in the Top 10, but I don't see it as a potential winner." - Keith Mills

YOUR REVIEWS

"I have a strange feeling that this might do rather well even though it’s a second rate "My Number One". In the confused Eurovision year that we seem to be having, something safe and easy like this may slip through into a top position. It will have dancing boys and short skirts and unbridled enthusiasm and all the other crowd pleasing things. It’s not great and it’s not clever but it’s not offensive so watch this space. However I doubt even if it won we would be in Athens next year with the financial crisis the country is having ." - Allan River (U.K.)

"We know the Greeks are getting their money from the Germans and now it sounds like they bought they Eurovision song from Lidl. It's a very low budget version of previous Greek entries and I wouldn't be certain of this actually qualifying, with juries ." - Sean O'Brien (Ireland)

"Standard pop dance number with good choreography, a cute lead singer, and a very short mini-skirt. Should qualify, but not a serious contender to win." - David Berlinger (Israel)

"No brainer really – will qualify but I find it a bit boring and predictable. Sounds like many Greek entries of the past, but as they say “if it ain’t broken don’t fix it”. - Chris Church (U.K.)

"This will be a good way to see how the juries affect the results compared to seven years ago. Just as mindless and repetitive as "My Number One." Not a winner, though probably would be top 5 without juries." - Sean P. Casey (U.S.A.)