For Greece it’s the 43rd participation in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Last year the singer Amanda Tenfjord could even reach the 8th place in the Grand Final in Turin.
Following its debut in 1974, Greece was not frequently considered as a top contender in the Eurovision Song Contest. However, with the introduction of televoting in the early 2000s, Greece has consistently achieved high rankings on the scoreboard, earning numerous top 10 positions, including a major victory by Helena Paparizou with her song “My Number One” in 2005.
The newfound success of Greek entries in the Eurovision Song Contest can also be attributed to the significant number of Greeks residing throughout Europe who actively vote to support their home country. This trend can also be observed in other countries.
Since the implementation of Semi Finals, Greece has managed to successfully qualify for the Grand Finals in the majority of their Eurovision Song Contest appearances, with the exception of Stockholm 2016 and Lisbon 2018. Notably, between 2004 and 2011, Greece achieved an impressive eight Top 10 rankings. Over the course of their 41 years of participation, Greece has secured a Top 10 position a total of 20 times, equating to a 48% probability of achieving a favourable ranking. Additionally, with a qualification success rate of 95%, Greece is considered a very safe bet to advance to the Grand Finals.
The Greek people have long harboured a deep desire to win the Eurovision Song Contest, which was finally realized in 2005 when the Greek-Swedish sensation Helena Paparizou performed “My Number One” in Kiev. This exceptional contribution was met with an overwhelming response in Greece and beyond, propelling Helena to superstardom in both Greece and Sweden, where she was born. This victory was truly well-deserved, considering the disappointing rankings that Greece had received in prior years that were unjustified.
The 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens marked the first and thus far only occasion in which Greece had the opportunity to host the event. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, and the Greek television network ERT put on an impressive production. The host country’s entry, “Everything” by superstar Anna Vissi, managed to secure a respectable 9th place in the Grand Final.
In previous years, the juries evaluating Greek entries in the Eurovision Song Contest have tended to be quite stringent. However, there has been one notable exception to this trend, as the Cyprus jury has consistently remained loyal to Greece by awarding them the coveted 12 points. This practice has become somewhat of a tradition between the two countries and has ensured that Greece has never ended up with zero points. Over time, Greek entries have evolved to incorporate a fusion of traditional folkloristic roots with modern melodies, resulting in many of these songs becoming summer hits throughout the Mediterranean.
3rd place, Antique with “Die For You” (Copenhagen 2001)
3rd place, Sakis Rouvas with “Shake It” (Istanbul 2004)
3rd place, Kalomira with “Secret Combination” (Belgrade 2008)
- Debut: 1974
- Participations: 42
- Victories: 1
- Finals: 40 (16 since 2004)
- Chance to reach the final: 95% (89% since 2004)
- Top 10: 20 (11 since 2004)
- Chances to reach the Top 10: 48% (61% since 2004)
- Last place: 0
Anna Vishy and the Epikouri with “Autostop”, Rank 13 (The Hague 1980)
Kaiti Garbi with “Ellada, Hora Tou Fotos”, Rank 9 (Millstreet 1993)
Elina Constantopoulou with “Pia Prossefchi”, Rank 12 (Dublin 1995)