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Greece debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with Marinella and won the event in 2005 with Helena Paparizou‘s My number one, thus bringing the contest for the very first time on Greek soil in 2006.

Greece has been one of the most successful countries in the competition in recent years having not missed a single Grand Final, with the exception of 2016 when it didn’t qualify to the Grand Final in Stockholm.

ERT, the Greek national broadcaster confirmed to ESCToday Greece’s Eurovision 2018 participation. Hereafter, ERT sent out an invite to the country’s main record record companies inviting them to submit their proposals for a potential Eurovision national final. ESCToday has learned that a total of 10 record companies received ERT’s letter of invitation.

The main criteria and requirements in the letter state that the submitted song has to be entirely in Greek with ethnic Greek influence showcasing the country’s musical culture and heritage.

Greece is planning to hold a national final in order to select its Eurovision entry act during the last week of February. The exact date and venue is yet to be determined and confirmed.

ERT expects to receive between 12-15 songs by the end of this week, Friday 27 October, when the extended submission deadline concludes. Hereafter a special jury of music experts will select the potential candidates for the 2018 Greek national final.

The broadcaster received a total of 20 entries from 13 different local record companies for the national final.

Hereafter a special committee evaluated all submitted entries and whittled them down to a total of 5 songs, which will fight for the golden ticket to Lisbon at the 2018 Greek Eurovision national final.

ERT told ESCToday: “An internal artistic committee has indeed examined 20 candidate songs, submitted by record companies following the letter sent earlier. The committee focused on five songs. Their recommendation will be examined by a working group, that will be setup  in order to determine the next steps towards the organization of a national final. “

Areti Ketme, The Chostrats, Gianna Terzi, Duo Fina and Tony Vlachos are the lucky ones who still hope to be on the stage of the competition in May in Portugal. The date and venue for the Greek final will be announced at a later time as well as the opportunity to listen to the candidate songs.

The Chorostalites are a six-piece group that specialises in traditional Greek music. They formed in 2013 and say “we make our own new steps on old paths!”  Areti now has over ten years experience in the music industry, Having sung at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens as a teenager. Duo Fina are the twin brothers Yiannis and Takis Finas. The brothers are tenors and pianists and are well known for their humorous performances. Gianna Terzi is the daughter of acclaimed Greek singer Paschalis Terzis. She launched her solo career in 2005 and was especially active in the 2000s. Tony Vlachos is a jazz singer who appeared on the 2016/2017 season of The Voice of Greece. He wowed judges with his energetic audition of “Unchain My Heart” but he didn’t last long in the contest.