A 70-member ‘audience committee’ will meet today in Athens to have a say in the songs hoping to represent Greece at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
Their vote will count for a strangely precise 50.6% of the final decision, with the remaining votes taken care of by ‘professionals’, or what ERT is calling an ‘artistic committee’. Are you following this? If so, have an extra chocolate, you earned it. ERT insist this is how it works at Eurovision itself, so who are we to disagree.
From 3pm onwards, the committee will meet at ERT Radio Megaro to rate the seven acts still in the running. More than 3000 people applied to be a part of the process and those picked were chosen by a draw where the emphasis was placed on those aged 18-34.
The shortlist …
- 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
Next week, the artistic committee will meet with the seven teams behind the (all English language) songs to discuss promotional and performance plans.
The song and the artist that will represent Greece will be announced by mid-January. Our money remains on Leon of Athens … what about you?