Greece 2018: Yianna Terzi

It's official: Greece sends Yianna Terzi to Eurovision 2018

The Greek national selection is canceled. Yianna Terzi will represent Greece at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song "Oneiro Mou". Listen to her song here

The Greek selection drama has come to an end. The public broadcaster of Greece, ERT, has just announced, that Yianna Terzi (Γιάννα Τερζή) will represent Greece at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon.

Her song is titled "Oneiro Mou" (English: My Dream). It is written by herself along with Aris Kalimeris, Michalis Papathanasiou and Dimitris Stamatiou.

Greece Eurovision 2018: Yianna Terzi - "Oneiro Mou"

Greek drama

The Greek selection process for Eurovision Song Contest 2018 turned into a true Greek drama, that just ended with four songs disqualified, and only one song left in the competition. The writer of this drama was the public broadcaster of Greece, ERT.

In October 2017 the Greek broadcaster announced, that the Greek Eurovision entry should be chosen through a national final, after two consecutive years of internal selection. Later ERT stated, that the songs had to be with Greek lyrics and with a "Greek sound". An 8-person artistic committee was appointed.

20 artists confirmed their intention to participate in the Greek final, and the artistic committee had selected five contestants. The date of the Greek national final was announced: 16 February 2018.

  • Areti Ketime – "Min ksehnas ton ilio" (Do not forget the sun)
  • Chorostalites – "Apo tin Thraki eos tin Kriti" (From Thrace to Crete)
  • Duo Fina – "Idio tempo" (Same tempo)
  • Tony Vlahos – "Baila jazz" (Dance jazz)
  • Yianna Terzi – "Oneiro Mou" (My dream)

In November 2017 ERT decided to disqualify two of the five songs for the national final, because the they didn't have a "Greek Sound". Now only three songs were left in the competition.

The three contestants' record companies had to assure ERT that in case their song will be chosen for Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon, the record company will exclusively finance the Greek entry (staging in Lisbon, promotion and music video).

The date for the Greek national final was now changed to 22 February 2018.

ERT demanded a signed contract and a letter of guarantee, that an amount of € 90,000 had been deposited in a back account (later changed to € 20,000), with a deadline of 12 February 2018, later extended to 15 February 2018.

Only Panik Records was able to fulfill all the demands from ERT, and their artist and song was then chosen as the Greek representative at Eurovision 2018 – without competition, meaning the scheduled Greek final is cancelled.

Press release from the Greek broadcaster ERT

English translation

ERT Management has decided at the beginning of the TV season to make a Greek final for the participation of our country in the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest. This decision is part of the EBU's regulatory framework, which gives its members the absolute freedom to decide in each country.
In this context, in October 2017, the first exploratory contacts were made with record companies in order to find their interest in the eventual participation of their artist in the process of the Greek final, singing in Greek lyrics and Greek sound.

Following this, 20 songs were received by ERT from 14 record companies for their evaluation. ERT's management established an Artistic and Organizing Committee from company employees, explicitly providing for the non-participation of a person in both committees, in order to ensure the transparency of the process.

The Artistic Committee selected the following three songs:

- "Min ksehnas ton ilio" with Areti Ketime - SPICY MUSIC

- "Apo tin Thraki eos tin Kriti" with Chorostalites - SPIDER MUSIC

- "Oneiro Mou" with Yianna Terzi - PANIC ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

After examining the artistic commission's contribution, the Organizing Committee concluded that these three songs would be part of a Greek final process, which would be organized with the means and responsibility of ERT.

The three record companies were invited to private and joint meetings with the ERT Administration in order to clarify the terms of a private agreement for the participation of their artists in the final. A basic prerequisite for the terms proposed by ERT was the artistic excellence of the product produced on the basis of the EBU specifications and the sharing of financial obligations after the Greek participation, in the interests of both the participating company and the ERT.

After many days of discussions with all three record companies, all parties reached a joint private agreement which provided for the aesthetics of the Greek participation of ERT and the artist's record company and the filing before the Greek final a letter of guarantee of EUR 20,000 from each record to ERT. It should be noted that ERT's original proposal provided for a Letter of Guarantee of EUR 90,000. Following the objections of the participating companies, ERT, accepting the tight financial limits of the Greek music market, reached the definition of the amount of the letter of guarantee at 20,000 euros, with a provision of a penalty of 70,000 euros.

At a joint meeting of the recordings with the ERT Administration, it was decided to conduct the Greek final on February 22, 2018, with the submission of the signed contract and the letter of guarantee until February 12, a date that was finally extended until February 15 on demand of record companies .

At the end of this period, the requested contract was only executed by PANIK ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, which has filed both the signed contract and the letter of guarantee of EUR 20,000 on time.

By strictly adhering to the commonly agreed terms of the procedure, ERT accepted the specific proposal, which automatically led to the unnecessary production of a Greek final, despite the initial intentions of the Administration.

Therefore, the ERT Administration announces that Greece will be represented in the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest by singing "My Dream" by Yianna Terzis, with music and lyrics by herself: Aris Kalimeris, Michalis Papathanasiou and Dimitris Stamatiou.

Yianna Terzi

Yianna Terzi (Greek: Γιάννα Τερζή) was born in 1980 in Thessaloniki, Greece. She is the daughter of acclaimed Greek singer Paschalis Terzis.

She launched her solo career in 2005 when she released her first self-titled CD single, consisting of 3 songs.

She has been living in the United States pursuing an international musical career. After ten years in USA she decided to move back to Greece, and continue her singing career here.

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Greece started its Eurovision adventure back in 1974, and has been participating in the contest 38 times until now. They won Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 with the song "My Number One" performed by Helena Paparizou. Since the victory they have been very successful in Eurovision.

Greece has qualified for the Grand Final 13 out of 14 times (only missed the Grand Final in 2016). Well done Greece! Since 2004 they have finished in top-10 nine out of 14 times. They never finished last in the contest.

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