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Greece
Greece

Capital city Athens
Population 11,171,000
Area 131,990 km²
Internet TLD gr
Member station ERT
Appearances
Appearances 33
First appearance 1974
Best result 1st: 2005
Worst result 20th: 1998

History
Greece has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 33 times since 1974, with the exception of 1975, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1999 and 2000. Greece won for the first time in 2005 with “My Number One” song by Elena Paparizou. The Greek national broadcaster, Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT) broadcasts the event in Greece each year and organizes the process for the selection of the Greek entry.
After debuting in the 1974 Contest, Greece did not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 1975 for “unknown reasons” according to the EBU, but it was discovered that the withdrawal was in protest of Turkey’s debut and its invasion of Cyprus in 1974.Greece was disqualified from the Eurovision Song Contest 1982 after it was revealed that Themis Adamantidis was to sing “Sarantapente Kopelies” (Σαρανταπέντε Κοπελιές), a previously released song. A known Greek folk song had been revised for the competition, but it violated the rules since all songs have to be original in terms of songwriting and instrumentation and cannot be cover songs. Greece was forced to pay a fine, and was allowed to return the following year. Had Adamantidis been allowed to perform “Sarantapente Kopelies”, he would have appeared second at Harrogate. After returning in 1983, ERT decided that all of the possible songs were of “low quality” and decided not to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 1984.Greece returned once again to the Contest in 1985, and Polina was picked in the 1986 national selection to represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 in Bergen, Norway, but ERT pulled out of the Contest unexpectedly. Polina stated that it was due to political troubles in Greece at the time, but she noted that a Eurovision website had learned that the real reason was that the Contest was to be held the night before Orthodox Easter.Greece returned to the Contest in 1987 and performed each year until the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, when it as not permitted to participate because its five-year points average had fallen under the limit for participation after Thalassa’s 20th place finish in 1998. The following year ERT announced that it would not return at the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 due to financial reasons.
Thirty-one years after its debut, Greece won for the first time in 2005 with Elena Paparizou singing “My Number One”, which tied for the record for the most number of twelve points allocated to a song (ten in total) along with Katrina and the Waves’ 1997 “Love Shine A Light”. The song also made Greece the first country not a member of Big Four to win the contest without going through a semifinal. After Eurovision, the song topped the charts in Greece, Cyprus and Sweden, and entered the top ten in Romania, The Netherlands, Hungary, Belgium and even the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
Greece has been the most successful country of the Eurovision Song Contest after the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004. They had placed within the top-ten position after advancing into the finals every year since then: third in 2004, first in 2005, ninth in 2006, seventh in 2007, third in 2008, seventh in 2009, eighth in 2010 and seventh in 2011. However, this record was broken in 2012, when Eleftheria Eleftheriou only placed 17th place with her song “Aphrodisiac” in the finals.

1974


In 1974 Greece made its debut entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. Marinella, who was already famous in Greece, sang “Ligo krasi,ligo thalassa kai t’ agori mou” (in Greek “λίγο κρασί, λίγο θάλασσα και το αγόρι μου”, meaning “a little wine, a little sea and my boyfriend”). The song was presented fifth out of the seventeen entries of the night and followed Norway’s Anne-Karine Strøm with “The First Day of Love” while preceding Israel’s Poogy with “Natati La Khayay”. At the close of voting, the performance had received seven points, placing it eleventh in the field of 17.
lyrics

La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la…

In the straits the children sing me to come out on the balcony
Moons of gold they throw in the street to come out to drown
Though it’s enough, it’s enough, it’s enough for me that I have
A little wine, a little sea and my boyfriend
A little wine, a little sea and my boyfriend

Door I have in the light, and yearning is my brother
And God gives me
A little wine, a little sea and my boyfriend
A little wine, a little sea and my boyfriend

People run seeking for loves, honours and money
And the bouzouki during the night doesn’t stop its weeping
Though for me, for me, for me it’s enough
A little wine, a little sea and my boyfriend
A little wine, a little sea and my boyfriend

Door I have in the light, and yearning is my brother
And God gives me
A little wine, a little sea and my boyfriend
A little wine, a little sea and my boyfriend

La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la…
La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la…
A little wine, a little sea and my boyfriend
A little wine, a little sea and my boyfriend

A little wine, a little sea and my boyfriend
A little wine, a little sea and my boyfriend

1976


“Panagia Mou, Panagia Mou” (Greek: “Παναγιά μου, Παναγιά μου”, English: My Lady, My Lady) was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1976, performed in Greek by Mariza Koch.
Composed by Koch herself with lyrics by Michael Fotiades, Michalis Rozakis conducted the orchestra. “Panayia Mou, Panayia Mou” was the second entry to represent Greece in the Contest after its debut at the 1974 Contest. Greece had not taken part in the preceding Contest in 1975 in protest of Turkey’s debut and its invasion of Cyprus in July 1974. The song was an outcry against the Turkish foreign policy.
The Eurovision Song Contest 1976 took place in The Hague, Netherlands on April 3, 1976. “Panayia Mou, Panayia Mou” was performed tenth out of the eighteen entries of the night and followed Norway’s Anne-Karine Strøm with “Mata Hari” while preceding Finland’s Fredi & Ystävät with “Pump-Pump”. At the close of voting, the performance had received 20 points, placing it 13th in a field of 18.
lyrics

Lowland full of oranges, oh my mother
Through which spreads the olive
Around shine like gold the seashores, oh my mother
And dazzles, dazzles you the glare
To this landscape when you go, oh my mother
Tents if you see, if you see in a row
It won’t be camping for tourists, oh my mother
It will be just, just refugees
My Lady, my Lady, soothe my heart
My Lady, my Lady, soothe my heart

And if you see shattered ruins, oh my mother
It won’t be from other, from other eras
By napalm will have been burnt, oh my mother
It will be the thousand rubble of yesterday
And if you see fresh-digged land, oh my mother
It won’t be lowland, lowland prolific
It will be plunged crosses, oh my mother
That time putrefies, putrefies

My Lady, my Lady, soothe my heart
My Lady, my Lady, soothe my heart

1977


“Mathima Solfège” was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1977, performed in Greek by the constellation Pascalis, Marianna, Robert & Bessy, made up of Pascalis Arvanitidis, Marianna Toli, Robert Williams (born in Greece to British parents) and Bessy Argyraki, all four established solo artists in their own right before entering the Contest. The music was written by Giorgos Hatzinasios and lyrics by Sevi Tiliakou.
At the close of voting, it had received 92 points, placing 5th in a field of 18. This would remain Greece’s best showing in the Contest until 1992, when Cleopatra also finished 5th with “Olou Tou Kosmou I Elpida”.
lyrics

We were children, like a company, then
And we liked music very much then
Solfege lesson around the old piano
Hard notes, soft notes, piano
Avanti do fa fa fa
Sol fa sol fa mi do si mi mi mi, do si do si sol si do
Do fa fa fa, (do si), sol fa sol fa mi do mi
And do fa fa fa
Sol fa sol fa mi do si mi mi mi, do si do si sol si do
Do fa fa fa, (do si), sol fa sol fa mi do mi

Time passed, other yearnings came
But music is always a sweet dizziness
It speaks inside me in a magical way
It knows the most secret path of the heart

Avanti do fa fa fa
Sol fa sol fa mi do si mi mi mi, do si do si sol si do
Do fa fa fa, (do si), sol fa sol fa mi do mi
And do fa fa fa
Sol fa sol fa mi do si mi mi mi, do si do si sol si do
Do fa fa fa, (do si), sol fa sol fa mi do mi

Like a music live your whole life
Two melodic notes close in your heart
Make the joy a song and say it everywhere
And the “I love you” say it in presto rhythm

Avanti do fa fa fa
Sol fa sol fa mi do si mi mi mi, do si do si sol si do
Do fa fa fa, (do si), sol fa sol fa mi do mi
And do fa fa fa
Sol fa sol fa mi do si mi mi mi, do si do si sol si do
Do fa fa fa, (do si), sol fa sol fa mi do mi
Mi sol si re mi

1978


“Charlie Chaplin” (Greek script: “Τσάρλυ Τσάπλιν”) was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1978, performed in Greek by Tania Tsanaklidou.
The song was performed fifteenth on the night (following Monaco’s Caline & Olivier Toussaint with “Les jardins de Monaco” and preceding Denmark’s Mabel with “Boom Boom”). At the close of voting, it had received 66 points, placing 8th in a field of 20.
The song is in praise of Charlie Chaplin (who died the year before), with Tsanaklidou describing his comic appearance (she was dressed in a similar style for her performance) and wishing that there were more of him.
lyrics

There he is, coming from the corner
Small black hat, well-matched
In our childish agony
Supposedly the police inspector will find him
Red carnation on the lapel
Small stick, dinner-jacket and yearning
Empty of cigarettes is the packet
And the sky started to rain

Charlie Chaplin, come in our dream to make us laugh
Charlie Chaplin, tonight what we see, what we catch up
Charlie Chaplin, the dream is silent like your movies
Charlie Chaplin, let’s live again your stories
Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin

Employers and tough customers
There it is Charleau’s society
A life full of self-delusions
A life with a warm smile
And the more the movie lasted
The more it took me away
My God, may the vagrancy never end
My God, may the humanity never end

Charlie Chaplin, come in our dream to make us laugh
Charlie Chaplin, tonight what we see, what we catch up
Charlie Chaplin, the dream is silent like your movies
Charlie Chaplin, let’s live again your stories
Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin

1979


Greece and Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT) chose to host a National Selection with the winner being chosen by an “expert” jury. Elpida was chosen with “Sokrati” and placed 8th at Eurovision.The National Final took place on February 5, 1979 at the Municipal Theater in Piraeus and was hosted by Vasilis Tsivilikas. The winning song was chosen by a jury of 65 people who awarded each song a mark out of 10.
“Sokrati” was performed seventh on the night (following Monaco’s Laurent Vaguener with Notre vie c’est la musique and preceding Switzerland’s “Peter, Sue & Marc” & Pfuri, Gorps & Kniri with “Trödler Und Co”). At the close of voting, it had received 69 points, placing 8th in a field of 19.
lyrics

God… God… God… God you are not called
Candles… candles… candles… candles are not burnt for you
But your words… words… words burn
And are still… still… still… still said
Socrates you superstar

Pure and kind, the first Christ
Socrates you superstar
In a beggar’s cape you were going around
And in your white beard there were birds
Around there was folk and you had holy light
Socrates you superstar
About love and light you were talking to them
You savant of the savants king

God… God… God… God you are not called
Candles… candles… candles… candles are not burnt for you
But your words… words… words burn
And are still… still… still… still said
Socrates you superstar

God… God… God… God you are not called
Candles… candles… candles… candles are not burnt for you
But your words… words… words burn
And are still… still… still… still said
Socrates you superstar

Pilatus folk took the light from you
Socrates you superstar
And Athens that you loved so much
Gives you bitter poison
At a bitter dawn the land was orphaned
Socrates you superstar
At the time you were beginning
To find the eternal God

God… God… God… God you are not called
Candles… candles… candles… candles are not burnt for you
But your words… words… words burn
And are still… still… still… still said
Socrates you superstar

God… God… God… God you are not called
Candles… candles… candles… candles are not burnt for you
But your words… words… words burn
And are still… still… still… still said
Socrates you superstar… superstar… superstar

1980


Greece and Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT) hosted a national selection with the winner being chosen an “expert” jury. Anna Vissi was chosen with “Autostop” and placed 13th at Eurovision.The National Final took place on March 10, 1980 at the ERT TV Studios in Peania and was hosted by Vasilis Tsivilikas. The winning song was chosen by a jury of people who awarded each song a mark out of ten.
“Autostop” was the third performed that night (following Turkey’s Ajda Pekkan with “Pet’r Oil” and preceding Luxembourg’s Sophie & Magaly with “Papa Pingouin”). At the close of voting, it had received 30 points, placing 13th in a field of 19.
lyrics

If you want to see the world with me, set out (set out)
And make with hitch-hiking the tour of the Earth
You can go where you want, Europe or China (China)
And say “bye Athens” and wherever you’ll be found
And go with hitch-hiking, hitch-hiking
Journey with hitch-hiking, hitch-hiking begin smilingly
Hitch-hiking, with hitch-hiking
The frontiers are open and we are a company
The streets with hitch-hiking, hitch-hiking
are ours with hitch-hiking, hitch-hiking and the world is a drop
Hitch-hiking, with hitch-hiking we’ll go everywhere, so long!
With hitch-hiking, hitch-hiking

Beijing, Vladivostok, Paris, London
With a small sac-voyage see the world
Stockholm, Cairo, Madrid, Rome, Berlin
Roulette seems to be the tour of the Earth

And go with hitch-hiking, hitch-hiking
Journey with hitch-hiking, hitch-hiking begin smilingly
Hitch-hiking, with hitch-hiking
The frontiers are open and we are a company
The streets with hitch-hiking, hitch-hiking
are ours with hitch-hiking, hitch-hiking and the world is a drop
Hitch-hiking, with hitch-hiking we’ll go everywhere, so long!
With hitch-hiking, hitch-hiking

And go with hitch-hiking, hey! la la la…
Hitch-hiking, with hitch-hiking we’ll go everywhere, so long!
With hitch-hiking, hitch-hiking, hitch-hiking, hitch-hiking
Hitch-hiking

1981


“Feggari Kalokerino” was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1981, performed in Greek by Yiannis Dimitras.
The song was performed seventeenth on the night (following Belgium’s Emly Starr with “Samson” and preceding Cyprus’ Island with “Monika”). At the close of voting, the song had received 55 points, placing 8th in a field of 20.
lyrics

Summer moon, in your shade I’ll wander
In the bewitched starlight, flowers will be the kisses
I came near you to stand, small ship on the seashore
I tremble the shades of the night, therefore love me my moon

Summer moon, on the sky of love
The bewitched starlight, flowers makes the kisses

Look at the desolate seashore, I whisper you “I love you”
Now I’ll build a church, for the crazy children of love

Summer moon, on the sky of love
The bewitched starlight, flowers makes the kisses

1983


Greece and Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT) chose to host a National Selection with the winner being chosen an “expert” jury. Christie Stasinopoulou was chosen with “Mou Les” and placed 14th at Eurovision.The National Final took place on March 18, 1983 at the ERT TV Studios in Peania and was hosted by Mako Georgiadou. The winning song was chosen by a 50 member jury composed of “experts” and members of the public.
“Mou Les” was performed tenth on the night (following Finland’s Ami Aspelund with “Fantasiaa” and preceding the Netherlands’ Bernadette with “Sing Me a Song”). At the close of voting, it had received 32 points, placing 14th in a field of 20.
lyrics

You tell me about seas and ships, and my heart like a bird
In your bosom hushes, and wherever you go, it follows you
In your bosom hushes, and wherever you go, it follows you
I’ll close all the ports, and the stations so that you won’t be lost from me
Your mind I’ll imprison, so that you cease feeling nostalgia any longer
Your mind I’ll imprison, so that you cease feeling nostalgia any longer

You tell me about trains that keep leaving, and gypsies that move
And I read your eyes, to see where they run, where they wander
And I read your eyes, to see where they run, where they wander

I’ll close all the ports, and the stations so that you won’t be lost from me
Your mind I’ll imprison, so that you cease feeling nostalgia any longer
Your mind I’ll imprison, so that you cease feeling nostalgia any longer

I’ll close all the ports, and the stations so that you won’t be lost from me
Your mind I’ll imprison, so that you cease feeling nostalgia any longer
Your mind I’ll imprison, so that you cease feeling nostalgia any longer

1985


Panayiotis (Takis) Biniaris (Athens, 1955) is a Greek singer who represented his country in the Eurovision Song Contest 1985, in which he sang Miazoume. He earned 15 points and finished in 16th place.Biniaris also participated in the Greek national selection for Eurovision in 1991 with the song Opou ke na’ssai which was unplaced.
lyrics

Some differences will always separate us
Aesthetic or class or even others
However the moments will always unite us
Which simple people call great

We resemble like two drops of rain
And whatever words you say are secrets in your anger
We resemble and if you are cut in two
Somehow you may think I’m your other half

Some differences will always separate us
You will embitter me and I may scold you somehow
However the moments will always unite us
Which make the pain more human

We resemble like two drops of rain
And whatever words you say are secrets in your anger
We resemble and if you are cut in two
Somehow you may think I’m your other half

We resemble like two drops of rain
And whatever words you say are secrets in your anger
We resemble and if you are cut in two
Somehow you may think I’m your other half

We resemble

1987


Stop was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1987, performed in Greek by Bang.
The song was performed eleventh on the night, following Turkey’s Seyyal Taner & Grup Lokomotif with “Şarkım Sevgi Üstüne” and preceding the Netherlands’ Marcha with “Rechtop in de wind”. At the close of voting, it had received 64 points, placing 10th in a field of 22.
lyrics

Just like a star, posing when the lights flash
Your style is like Garbo, lace on your jacket
Whatever you do is for fame and money
See what you are missing joy is somewhere else

And I tell you don’t stop, life is rock ‘n roll
Don’t stop, just think for a second
Don’t stop, let’s start all over again
Here we go, it’s not too late

You go around in discos, talking about cinemas
A life full of risk, champagne, parties, secrets
Whatever you do is for fame and money
See what you are missing joy is somewhere else

And I tell you don’t stop, life is rock ‘n roll
Don’t stop, just think for a second
Don’t stop, let’s start all over again
Here we go, it’s not too late

And I tell you don’t stop, life is rock ‘n roll
Don’t stop, just think for a second
Don’t stop, let’s start all over again
Here we go, it’s not too late

Stop

1988


“Clown” was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1988, performed in Greek by Afroditi Frida.At the close of voting, it had received 10 points, placing 17th in a field of 21.
lyrics

A circus sells joy again in the night
And as a first act the clown portrays life
Crews, noise, everyone here lives in a fever of activity
Lights and music, time becomes just a moment

Clown, Clown I am the clown
Clown, clown I am the clown
Ha ha ha ha…

Clown, Clown I am the clown
Clown, clown I am the clown
Ha ha ha ha…

I sing, laugh, cry and babble
I do somersaults, I imitate you if you like
People laugh at everything I do, they all applaud me
But even the children know, that I have a heart

Clown, Clown I am the clown
Clown, clown I am the clown
Ha ha ha ha…

Clown, Clown I am the clown
Clown, clown I am the clown
Ha ha ha ha…

And when there will come a time that I’ll be without an audience
I’ll always laugh, crying I’ll sing

Clown, Clown I am the clown
Clown, clown I am the clown
Ha ha ha ha…

Clown, Clown I am the clown
Clown, clown I am the clown
Ha ha ha ha…

1989


“To diko sou asteri” was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1989, performed in Greek by Mariana.
The song is an inspirational ballad, with Mariana exhorting her listeners to “find your own star” in their lives.
The song was performed nineteenth on the night (following Switzerland’s Furbaz with “Viver senza tei” and preceding Iceland’s Daníel Ágúst with “Það sem enginn sér”).
lyrics

There are moments that fear and doubt win you
The world seems hostile and the night impassable and cold

But in the evening sky, search and find your own star
Because the shadows in the first light seem to be childish phobias

But in the evening sky, search and find your own star
Because the shadows in the first light seem to be childish phobias

There are moments that you feel you’ll never manage it
You feel unimportant and small, you don’t know where you go and who you are

But in the evening sky, search and find your own star
Because the shadows in the first light seem to be childish phobias

But in the evening sky, search and find your own star
Because the shadows in the first light seem to be childish phobias

Make a secret garden, find courage and enthusiasm
Life smiles to anyone who has faith and stamina

Make a secret garden, find courage and enthusiasm
Life smiles to anyone who has faith and stamina

But in the evening sky, search and find your own star

1990


Greece and Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT) chose to host a National Selection with the winner being chosen an “expert” jury. Christos Callow & Wave were chosen with “Horis Skopo” and placed 19th at Eurovision.The National Final took place on March 23, 1990 at the ERT TV Studios in Athens and was hosted by Olina Xenopoulou.
“Horis Skopo” was performed second on the night (following Spain’s Azúcar Moreno with “Bandido” and preceding Belgium’s Philippe Lafontaine with “Macédomienne”). At the close of voting, it had received 11 points, placing 19th in a field of 22.
lyrics

Every night I dance
I wander in the shadows and darkness
I am looking for you in the stars
And in the street music

If I could only steal your dream
And dive into your fever
When you say I love you
And when you go away without a purpose

Too many roads hurt
Too many doors without people and light
You must be somewhere
Forgotten even by yourself

If I could only steal your dream
And dive into your fever
When you say I love you
And when you go away without a purpose

If you can dream the day that is coming in silence
Then you will be strong enough to face the sun
But I know you will cry

And then I will steal your dream
And I will dive into your fever
When you say I love you
And when you go away without a purpose

1991


“I Anixi” was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1991, performed in Greek by Sophia Vossou.
The song was performed fourth on the night (following Malta’s Georgina & Paul Giordimaina with “Could It Be” and preceding Switzerland’s Sandra Simó with “Canzone per te”). For her performance, Vossou gave what is in retrospect one of the most professional and vocally sound performances of the night. However, the performance of the orchestra adversely affected the performance of the song, with the saxophonist in particular failing to correctly hit approximately half of the notes of his solo. At the close of voting, it had received 36 points, placing 13th in a field of 22. Despite this fact, it is considered to be one of the most successful Greek eurosongs.
lyrics

If you come and get dressed at my night
If you come and hide in my body
If you come and get entangled in my nets
One thing you should know, you won’t be betrayed

If you come and get dressed at my night
If you come and hide in my body
If you come and get entangled in my nets
One thing you should know, you won’t be betrayed

It will be as if the spring comes in
It will be devoutness of sky
It will be as if the spring comes in
Suddenly

It will be as if the spring comes in
It will be devoutness of sky
It will be as if the spring comes in
Suddenly

If we are open to the winds
If we are faithful to what we live
If the thread of love binds us
Our two bodies will be hanging gardens

It will be as if the spring comes in
It will be devoutness of sky
It will be as if the spring comes in
Suddenly

It will be as if the spring comes in
It will be devoutness of sky
It will be as if the spring comes in
Suddenly

It will be as if the spring comes in
It will be devoutness of sky
It will be as if the spring comes in
Suddenly

1992


“Olou Tou Kosmou i elpida” was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1992, performed in Greek by Cleopatra.
The song was performed fifth on the night, following Turkey’s Aylin Vatankoş with “Yaz bitti” and preceding France’s Kali with “Monté la riviè”. At the close of voting, it had received 94 points, placing 5th in a field of 23, making it Greece’s best showing in the Contest since Pascalis, Marianna, Robert & Bessy’s “Mathima Solfege” in 1977, which also finished 5th.
lyrics

What can I say about everything that is changing around me
What will it mean for me the future
My children’s questions frighten me
The answers that I give them are not enough

Let my song’s melody
Be the compass to the journey
I found the answer in love
And the whole light of Spring
And all the hope in the world

What can I say about where I came from and where I’m going to
What is this that makes me go crazy
Find for a solution for everything that I love
To make me feel secure on the ground I walk on

Let my song’s melody
Be the compass to the journey
I found the answer in love
And the whole light of Spring
And all the hope in the world

Let my song’s melody
Be the compass to the journey
I found the answer in love
And the whole light of Spring
And all the hope in the world

1993


“Ellada, Hora Tou Fotos” is a song by Greek pop singer Katerina Garbi. It was Greece’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1993, and a single from Garbi’s fourth solo album Os Ton Paradeiso.The song was performed sixth on the night, following Denmark’s Tommy Seebach Band with “Under stjernerne på himlen” and preceding Belgium’s Barbara Dex with “Iemand als jij”. At the close of voting, it had received 64 points, placing 9th in a field of 25.
lyrics

Greece, country of light, the world’s beginning and come-back
A place chosen by the God, something’s going on, it’s raining beyond
Difficult times are coming, and the sky is shouting to you
Sit down and thing, get to your senses

One time they play us rock music and the other tsifteteli
Children of Plato and Aristotle
They trick us with sadness and taste
Oh immortal spirit, the evil is destroying you

One time they play us rock music and the other tsifteteli
Children of Plato and Aristotle
They trick us with sadness and taste
Oh immortal spirit, the evil is destroying you

Greece, country of light, peaceful fighter
Make another move to the from, go forward, it’s time
You are the world’s wine, even if you don’t know it
Sit down and figure it out and stand up and tell it

One time they play us rock music and the other tsifteteli
Children of Plato and Aristotle
They trick us with sadness and taste
Oh immortal spirit, the evil is destroying you

One time they play us rock music and the other tsifteteli
Children of Plato and Aristotle
They trick us with sadness and taste
Oh immortal spirit, the evil is destroying you

One time they play us rock music and the other tsifteteli
Children of Plato and Aristotle

1994


“To Trehandiri was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1994, performed in Greek by Kostas Bigalis & The Sea Lovers, i.e. the musicians Antonis Tourkoyiorgis ( bass and vocals ), Akis Tourkoyiorgis ( electric guitar ), Vassilis Roussis ( drums ), Victoria Halkiti and Christina Anagnostopoulou as vocalists. In the night of the show the title was replaced by “Diri Diri”.At the close of voting, it had received 44 points, placing 14th in a field of 25.
lyrics

Five pieces of red grape
Have become wine in my mouth
You were beautiful in the afternoon
Your breath smelled good when you kissed me

Didi diri diri… diri diri diri… di…
In the trehandiri, the sea, you and me
Didi diri diri… diri diri diri… di…
Look into my eyes and sing it too

Green is the colour of the sea
And your lips are red like fire
Love was beautiful
Us here and above the sun was laughing

Didi diri diri… diri diri diri… di…
In the trehandiri, the sea, you and me
Didi diri diri… diri diri diri… di…
Look into my eyes and sing it again

And the sun has set to west
Hidden behind the highest mountain
In your arm’s port
I have thrown my anchor until the sun rises again

Didi diri diri… diri diri diri… di…
In the trehandiri, the sea, you and me
Didi diri diri… diri diri diri… di…
Look into my eyes and sing it too

1995


“Pia Prosefhi” was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1995, performed in Greek by Elina Konstantopoulou.
The song was performed twenty-third during the competition (following Malta’s Mike Spiteri with “Keep Me In Mind”). At the close of voting, it had received 68 points, placing 12th in a field of 23.
lyrics

“They were thinking of removing this land’s honour
Ignoring the evil that would come…”

I had a possession and they stole it
The made sacrilege and the even were ashamed
They didn’t even think in my life’s history

What kind of prayer will I say for their sins?
What kind of prayer can I say for them to be saved?
Dropping wine to purify their faults
What kind of prayer can I say for those who make me suffer?

They tried to steal my throne
I had only one star and they claimed it
But they ignored how long I will resist

What kind of prayer will I say for their sins?
What kind of prayer can I say for them to be saved?
Dropping wine to purify their faults
What kind of prayer can I say for those who make me suffer?

What kind of prayer will I say for their sins?
What kind of prayer can I say for them to be saved?
Dropping wine to purify their faults
What kind of prayer can I say for those who make me suffer?

1996


Emis Forame To Himona Anixiatika was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1996, performed in Greek by Mariana Efstratiou. Efstratiou had previously respresented Greece in the 1989 contest in Lausanne with “To Diko Sou Asteri” and composer Kostas Bigalis in turn in Dublin in 1994 with “To Trehandiri”.At the close of voting, it had received 36 points, placing 14th in a field of 23.
lyrics

Sleep in my arms, and I will live in my summers
As if they were beloved films
Embrace my thoughts, and guess my words
As if you knew everything I wanted to say

And everything we’ve been taught can just persist
And everything we’ve been taught can just wait

We solve the difficult problems at night
We find new lovers on Sundays
We wear spring clothes in winter time

Put your head on my shoulder, make my fears go away
As if you were a special trick
Paint the day that is coming, and put on the radio
A song about love

And everything we’ve been taught can just persist
And everything we’ve been taught can just wait

We solve the difficult problems at night
We find new lovers on Sundays
We wear spring clothes in winter time

We solve the difficult problems at night
We find new lovers on Sundays
We wear spring clothes in winter time

1997


Horepse was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1997, performed in Greek by Marianna Zorba.
The music was originally composed by Chris Spheeris as an instrumental. Lyrics were later added by Manolis Manouselis. The song was performed seventeenth on the night (following Sweden’s Blond with “Bara hon älskar mig” and preceding Malta’s Debbie Scerri with “Let Me Fly”). At the close of voting, it had received 39 points, placing 12th in a field of 25.
lyrics

Slowly, slowly
Like the flame’s figure, you cast your spells
Shyly, shyly
You close your moon-shaped eyes

Dance again to the beat of my heart
And like a caravan I’ll follow the stars
Dance, pearl of the desert
And through your body I’ll resurrect myself

Dance again to the beat of my heart
And like a caravan I’ll follow the stars
Dance, pearl of the desert
And through your body I’ll resurrect myself

Softly, softly
I saw the night melting
Palely, palely
She laid her naked hands upon me

Dance again to the beat of my heart
And like a caravan I’ll follow the stars
Dance, pearl of the desert
And through your body I’ll resurrect myself

Dance again to the beat of my heart
And like a caravan I’ll follow the stars
Dance, pearl of the desert
And through your body I’ll resurrect myself

Dance again to the beat of my heart
And like a caravan I’ll follow the stars
Dance, pearl of the desert
And through your body I’ll resurrect myself

1998


Mia Krifi Evesthisia was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998, performed in Greek by Thalassa.The song was performed second on the night (following Croatia’s Danijela with “Neka mi ne svane” and preceding France’s Marie Line with “Où aller”). At the close of voting, it had received 12 points – all from Cyprus – placing 20th in a field of 25.
The Greek entry caused some controversy. The song’s composer was not happy with the way the group’s performance was to be filmed and demanded changes. When his demands were not met, the group threatened to quit the contest on the morning of the final day of rehearsals, and on the afternoon, they pulled out. Only minutes after their withdrawal, however, the group returned to the green room, having decided to go through with the performance after all, without the composer attending them on the scene. The song’s composer, Yiannis Valvis, was not permitted to attend the contest in general, on account of the number of aggressive tantrums he had had when things were not going his way.
lyrics

A secret illusion
Builds your picture
With the words and the thoughts
Which have your colour
In the night, in the night

The moon makes magic to the sky
And what is left begins a secret dance in the mind
In the night, in the night

Tonight, in vain I am going to walk
In the roads of your imagination
Even if I wake up from your touch
In the darkness of your soul
I’m always going to die

A secret illusion
Saves your shadow
My soul is ruled by this
In the night, in the night

Tonight, in vain I am going to walk
In the roads of your imagination
Even if I wake up from your touch
In the darkness of your soul
I’m always going to die

Even if I wake up from your touch
In the darkness of your soul
I’m always going to die
Tonight!

2001


Greece and Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT) chose to host a National Selection with the winner being chosen by televoting (50%) and an “expert” jury (50%). Antique was chosen with “Die for You” and placed 3rd at Eurovision.The National Final took place on March 6, 2001 at Rex nightclub in Athens and the host of the show was Dafni Bokota.At the close of voting, it had received 147 points, placing 3rd in a field of 23.
The contest performance was a relatively static affair, with both singers as well as the backing vocalists standing in front of microphones to sing. Elena Paparizou, however, wore a tight white outfit, standing out against the black-clad backing singers and her duet partner. While the contest had by this point embraced pre-recorded music, Nikos Panagiotidis performed with a traditional Greek instrument throughout.
lyrics

I sat down and thought
Realised that you love me
Only you, only you
Everything else is a lie
Just your warm hug
Keeps me alive

‘Cause I would die for you
Look into my eyes and see it’s true
Really, I could never lie to you
Just to make you see that
No one else could ever love you like the way I do

Die for you
Look into my eyes and see it’s true
Really, I could never lie to you
Just to make you see that
No one else could ever love you like the way I do

I sat down and thought
Realised that you love me
Only you, only you

‘Cause I would die for you
Look into my eyes and see it’s true
Really, I could never lie to you
Just to make you see that
No one else could ever love you like the way I do

Die for you
Look into my eyes and see it’s true
Really, I could never lie to you
Just to make you see that
No one else could ever love you like the way I do

‘Cause I would die for you

2002


Greece and Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT) chose to host a National Selection with the winner being chosen via 50% televoting and 50% “expert” jury. Michalis Rakintzis was chosen with “S.A.G.A.P.O.”The National Final took place on February 26, 2002 at REX music hall in Athens and the host of the show was Dafni Bokota.
Rakintzis performed 3rd in the running order at the Eurovision 2002 final. He was accompanied on stage with four male singers/dancers all dressed in plastic robot type suits. The song finished 17th out of 24 with 27 points, tied as the worst placing for Greece in the 2000s.
lyrics

Hey, (hey, hey, hey, hey…)
Every time you need my love (love, love, love, love…)
Before you enter in my world (world, world, world, world, world…)
Give the password
(Give the password, the password, the password, the password…)

Hey, (hey, hey, hey, hey…)
If you wanna get my love (love, love, love, love…)
If you pray for me and hope (hope, hope, hope, hope, hope…)
Give the password
(Give the password, the password, the password, the password…)

Say, (say, say…) say the magic word
Σ’ αγαπώ – S.A.G.A.P.O.
Say, (say, say…) say the magic word
Σ’ αγαπώ – S.A.G.A.P.O.

Say, (say, say…) say the magic word
Σ’ αγαπώ – S.A.G.A.P.O.
Say, (say, say…) say the magic word
Σ’ αγαπώ – S.A.G.A.P.O.

Hey, (hey, hey, hey, hey…)
When you see me down and sad (sad, sad, sad, sad…)
When I’m out of my mind (mind, mind, mind, mind, mind…)
Give the password
(Give the password, the password, the password, the password…)

Hey, (hey, hey, hey, hey…)
Baby, you’re the only one (one, one, one, one…)
Who can turn me up or down (down, down, down, down, down…)
Give the password
(Give the password, the password, the password, the password…)

Say, (say, say…) say the magic word
Σ’ αγαπώ – S.A.G.A.P.O.
Say, (say, say…) say the magic word
Σ’ αγαπώ – S.A.G.A.P.O.

Say, (say, say…) say the magic word
Σ’ αγαπώ – S.A.G.A.P.O.
Say, (say, say…) say the magic word
Σ’ αγαπώ – S.A.G.A.P.O.

Say

2003


Greece and Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT) chose to host a National Selection with the winner being chosen by SMS voting (30%), televoting (30%) and an “expert” jury (40%). Mando was chosen with “Never Let You Go” and achieved 17th place in Eurovision.The National Final took place on February 26, 2003 at the Ciné Keramikos nightclub. The hosts of the show were Dafni Bokota, Rika Vagiani & Popi Tsapanidou. The winner was chosen via SMS voting (30%), televoting (30%) and an “expert” jury (40%).
For her Eurovision appearance, Mando wore a navy blue gown, with a very tight lace-up bodice. She also had several backup dancers. At the close of voting, it had received 25 points, placing 17th in a field of 26.
lyrics

I don’t know what I’m going through
Close my eyes, still see you inside
Everything reminds me of you
I could never let you go

I can’t hide my feelings at all
I give you love, sometimes it’s so hard
Without you I know why I would fall
Cos I’d never let you go

I would cry for you
And I’d lie for you
I would lay my life
On the line

I can’t hide from you
Then I’d die for you
But I’d never let you go

What we share keeps me alive
For you there’s nothing
I would deny
All I know is I want you so
I could never let you go

I would cry for you
And I’d lie for you
I would lay my life
On the line

I can’t hide from you
Then I’d die for you
But I’d never let you go

(Cry for you)
Cry for you
(Cry…)

I would cry for you
And I’d lie for you
I would lay my life
On the line

I can’t hide from you
Reach the sky for you
But I’d never let you go
Ever let you go

2004


Greece and Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT) originally chose to host a National Selection, but then decided on an Internal Selection. Sakis Rouvas was chosen with “Shake It” and placed 3rd at Eurovision.
As Greece had not finished in the top 10 at the 2003 Contest, the song was first performed in the semi-final. It was performed tenth following Monaco’s Märyon with “Notre Planète” and preceding Ukraine’s Ruslana with “Wild Dances”. At the close of voting, it had received 238 points, placing 3rd in the 22-strong field and qualifying for the final.In the final, it was performed sixteenth following FYR Macedonia’s Toše Proeski with “Life” and preceding Iceland’s Jónsi with “Heaven”.
Sakis Rouvas performed with two dancers with his back-up vocals to the side. During the performance Sakis ripped off the white suits his dancers were wearing to reveal sparkling tassel attire. The dancers later ripped off Sakis’ jacket. At the close of voting, it had received 252 points, placing 3rd in a field of 24. It was succeeded as Greek representative at the 2005 Contest by Elena Paparizou with “My Number One”.
lyrics

Everytime you wanna play
Turn me on, all the way
Come to me and take the ride
Skin on skin, it’s pure delight
Givin’ me the passion, you’re burning my heart
Gonna rock you till you drop
Baby, you’re the reason I’m feeling so hot
Want you now, I just can’t stop

I would trade my life
For a night with you
Driven by desire
Make that move on me
It’s time for you to see
That my world’s on fire

Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Forever
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Forever
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Everyday I can’t resist
Need the taste of your lips
Darlin’, it’s your body that’s driving me nuts
Let me in, I’ve got to touch

I would trade my life
For a night with you
Driven by desire
Make that move on me
It’s time for you to see
That my world’s on fire

Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Forever
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Forever
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it, mi amor
Crazy for love
Give me some more
Forever
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Shake, shake, shake

2005


Greece participated in and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, its first Eurovision Song Contest victory. Greek national broadcaster Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT) internally selected Helena Paparizou who sang “My Number One” in Kiev, winning the competition with 230 points. The song is written by Christos Dantis and Natalia Germanou, and composed by Christos Dantis. “My Number One” was selected through a national final on March 2, 2005, where the public and a professional jury chose it over three other candidate songs.
As Greece had finished the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 in third place, its 2005 song was pre-qualified for the final in 2005. Greece was drawn to perform nineteenth on the night, following Croatia’s Boris Novković and Lado with “Vukovi umiru sami” and preceding Russia’s Natalia Podolskaya with “Nobody Hurt No One”.Paparizou appeared confident on stage and her dancers prepared an extravagant show with carefully choreographed stage moves. She wore a short orange-yellow dress while the dancers wore tan colored clothing. The performance included Paparizou playing a violin and the backing dancers forming the number 1 on stage.
lyrics

You’re my lover
Undercover
You’re my secret passion and I have no other

You’re delicious
So capricious
If I find out you don’t want me, I’ll be vicious

Say you love me
And you’ll have me
In your arms forever and I won’t forget it

Say you miss me
Come and kiss me
Take me up to heaven and you won’t regret it

You are the one
You’re my number one
The only treasure I’ll ever have
You are the one
You’re my number one
Anything for you ’cause you’re the one I love

You’re my lover
Undercover
You’re my secret passion and I have no other

You’re a fire
And desire
When I kiss your lips, you know, you take me higher

You’re addiction
My conviction
You’re my passion, my relief, my crucifixion

Never leave me
And believe me
You will be the sun into my raining season

Never leave me
And believe me
In my empty life you’ll be the only reason

You are the one
You’re my number one
The only treasure I’ll ever have
You are the one
You’re my number one
Anything for you ’cause you’re the one I love

You’re my lover
Undercover
You’re my secret passion and I have no other

You are the one
You’re my number one
The only treasure I’ll ever have
You are the one
You’re my number one
Anything for you ’cause you’re the one I love

You’re my lover
Undercover
You’re my secret passion and I have no other

2006


Anna Vissi represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with her song “Everything”. The Greek national broadcaster, Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT), internally selected Vissi to represent the country at the contest, which took place in Athens after Greece’s win at the 2005 contest with the song “My Number One” performed by Elena Paparizou. “Everything”, composed by Nikos Karvelas and written by Anna Vissi herself, was selected on March 14, 2006 at a national final by a combination of a televoting/SMS vote (60%) and expert jury (40%). At Eurovision, Vissi placed 9th, receiving 128 points. Vissi went on hiatus after the contest for a couple of years. The result had a negative impact on her career, which never recovered.
At a press conference on May 16, Anna Vissi thanked her fans and God for everything that had been given to her. She also explained how important the competition was to her saying that she “really, really [wants] to win” and she also received several gifts from journalists and fans.”Everything” was considered a favorite at the contest, placing in the top three in a majority of fan polls and first in online betting houses. British commentator for the semi-final stated that “she’s massive in Greece, she’s even bigger than the country itself”.
As the winning country of the 2005 edition, Greece was automatically qualified for the final of the 2006 contest, and was drawn to present its song 16th on the night of the final, after the United Kingdom and before Finland.
At the final, held on May 20, 2006, Anna Vissi appeared on stage surrounded by a fog effect created by dry ice. She was alone on the large stage and wore an exclusive Jean Paul Gaultier black and white outfit with black leggings. By the end of the song, she was down on her knees singing. Her choreography for the final was arranged by Mia Michaels. Although considered a favorite, a ninth place finish was all Vissi could manage. She received the maximum 12 points from Bulgaria and Cyprus, 10 from Belgium and Romania, eight from Albania, Armenia, Germany, and Malta, seven from Macedonia and the United Kingdom, six from Serbia and Montenegro, five from France, the Netherlands and Switzerland, four from Sweden and Turkey, three from Lithuania, two from Belarus, and one from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Moldova, and Slovenia; in total, receiving 128 points.
lyrics
I can hear my heart breaking as I open the door
I can feel the tears on my face burn like fire
As I look in your eyes
And I know I’m still in love

With everything I hate, everything you do
Everything I fear, everything on you
Baby, baby, I’m still in love

With everything I hate, everything you do
Everything I fear, everything on you
Everything I hate, everything you do
Everything I fear, everything on you

I can feel my life ending as I whisper goodbye
And I know I’m still in love

With everything I hate, everything you do
Everything I fear, everything on you
With everything I hate, everything you do
Everything I fear, everything on you

I can’t believe I still need you
I can’t believe I still want you
Can’t believe life means nothing without you
Baby, I’m still in love, still in love, still in love

With everything I hate, everything you do
Everything I fear, everything on you
Everything I hate, everything you do
Everything I fear, everything on you

I’m in love with everything you are

2007


Greece and Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT) chose to hold a national final this year after efforts to find a big name artist for an internal selection failed. The artists involved were Sarbel, Christos Dantis, and Tamta. The national final took place February 28, 2007, and was called “Eurovision 2007”.The winner was Sarbel with the song “Yassou Maria” which was chosen via 50% Tele-voting/SMS Messaging and 50% internal jury.
Sarbel chose to sing the song “Yassou Maria” with lyrics by Mack and composed by popular Greek-Swedish composer team Alex Papaconstantinou and Marcus Englof who had previously written music for 2005 winner Elena Paparizou. Sarbel described the song as “a whole new style within itself” because of its pop, Latin, and touch of ethnic Greek sounds.
During a draw, Greece was assigned a running order of 10 in the contest. Sarbel appeared after 4 ballads, and before 1 disco song. He went on stage with 4 girls with short dresses. They used the same dance routine as the Greek National Final, but with minor changes. Those changes included the end part, which used ribons attached to the girls skirts during the end bridge, with Sarbel acting as sort of a puppeteer. Later the ribbons were used to make a heart around Sarbel and the girls at the very end.
Greece’s entry for the 2007 contest finished in 7th place with 139 points, 1 point ahead of Armenia and 6 points behind Belarus.
lyrics

First off, she’s a lady, this is a lady’s world
Man, she drives ’em crazy, dancin’ like a cheeky girl
All eyes on Maria, no lie, she’s the bomb
Oh my, they all wanna see her
All wanna be the lucky one

Shake it up, shake it up, there you go
Oh oh… yassou Maria
Turn around, bring it down, go slow
Heads up, Lord have mercy

Shake it up, shake it up, there you go
Oh oh… yassou Maria
Ai ai ai… there she goes
Maria

Yassou Maria

Moves like Aphrodite, so high above the rest
Smooth like Cleopatra, an angel in a devil’s dress
Her hips, lust in motion, her lips, red like wine
She is the heart of attention
Probably should mention – she’s mine

Shake it up, shake it up, there you go
Oh oh… yassou Maria
Turn around, bring it down, go slow
Heads up, Lord have mercy

Shake it up, shake it up, there you go
Oh oh… yassou Maria
Ai ai ai… there she goes
Maria

Shake it up, shake it up, there you go
Oh oh… yassou Maria
Turn around, bring it down, go slow
Heads up, Lord have mercy

Shake it up, shake it up, there you go
Oh oh… yassou Maria
Ai ai ai… there she goes
Maria

Maria, Maria, yassou Maria
Maria, Maria

2008


Greece entered the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song “Secret Combination”, written by Konstantinos Pantzis with lyrics by Poseidonas Giannopoulos. The song was performed by Kalomoira, an American singer of Greek descent who had previously won a Greek talent show.On December 17, 2007, ERT officially announced the three participants for the Greek national final: Kalomoira, Kostas Martakis, and Chrispa; all of them young performers and mainly new to the Greek music scene.
After the show, the song went on to chart in several European countries, reaching number one in Greece and Cyprus. Kalomoira, citing differences with her record label, briefly moved to the United States before returning to Greece in January 2009; she regards her Eurovision performance as a pivotal moment in her career, and stated in an interview that her desire was for the people of Greece to be proud of her performance, regardless of the competition’s outcome.
Kalomoira performed a repeat of her semi-final performance at the Eurovision Final on May 24, 2008. She was the twenty-first act out of twenty-five countries, after Azerbaijan and before Spain. Having led initially in the voting, Greece finished in third place behind Russia and Ukraine, receiving 218 points. Greece received 12 points, the maximum number of points a country can give to another country, from six countries. The broadcast received 93% ratings and was watched by over six million people in Greece.
lyrics

Can you see it?
Can you see it you have to discover me?
What goes wrong when I am crying
Or what I want when I’m smiling

Can you feel it?
Can you feel it that I’m not a little girl?
You’re misunderstanding my way
And all the rules that I like to play

My secret combination – it’s a mystery for you
Use your imagination, I’m not easy, but I’m true
My secret combination – boy, you have to try it hard
To win a destination in the centre of my heart

My secret combination – it’s a mystery for you
Use your imagination, I’m not easy, but I’m true
My secret combination – boy, you have to try it hard
To win a destination in the centre of my heart

An open book
An open book, well, I’m sorry, I am not
Sometimes I’m acting like a lady
Sometimes woman, sometimes baby

My secret combination – it’s a mystery for you
Use your imagination, I’m not easy, but I’m true
My secret combination – boy, you have to try it hard
To win a destination in the centre of my heart

My secret combination – it’s a mystery for you
Use your imagination, I’m not easy, but I’m true
My secret combination – boy, you have to try it hard
To win a destination in the centre of my heart

My secret combination – it’s a mystery for you
Use your imagination, I’m not easy, but I’m true
My secret combination – boy, you have to try it hard
To win a destination in the centre of my heart
To win a destination in the centre of my heart

2009


Greece participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song “This Is Our Night” sung by Sakis Rouvas. The Greek national television broadcaster Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT) announced that it had internally selected Rouvas to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest on July 15, 2008,making Greece the first country to pick an artist for the 2009 edition.
After choosing the artist, ERT set up a national final held on February 18, 2009 to select the song. Rouvas sang three candidate songs, all with music written by Dimitris Kontopoulos, and “This Is Our Night” was declared the winner, gaining a large majority of the votes.
At the second semi-final of the Contest on May 14, Greece qualified for the final after coming in fourth place with 110 points. At the May 16 final, Rouvas presented “This Is Our Night” eighth out of 25 and at the end of voting, was awarded seventh place, marking Greece’s sixth consecutive top 10 placing since 2004.The song therefore carried on Greece’s Eurovision success by finishing within the top-ten for the sixth consecutive year, thus making the country the second most successful entrant of the past decade, despite not having even participated in 2000. The event was watched by 86% of the Greek television audience.
lyrics

Take a chance, and take a hold
Give it all and turn it to gold
Time has come, so make a stand
On your own and take command

Beat the odds, you will survive
Stronger now, you feel alive
Rising up, get into place
Feel it in your heart when you are winning this race

When I look into your eyes
It comes as no surprise

This is our night, fly to the top, baby
Yes, we can do it, just wait and see
This is our night, time for a change, baby
Get rid of the old, take a hold and be free

This is our night, fly to the top, baby
Yes, we can do it, just wait and see
This is our night, time for a change, baby
Get rid of the old, take a hold and be free
This is our night

Counting down, the night of nights
Getting now to stand and fight
Don’t back down, just look within
Do it now, I know you will

When I look into your eyes
It comes as no surprise

This is our night, fly to the top, baby
Yes, we can do it, just wait and see
This is our night, time for a change, baby
Get rid of the old, take a hold and be free
This is our night

This is our night, fly to the top, baby
Yes, we can do it, just wait and see
This is our night, time for a change, baby
Get rid of the old, take a hold and be free

This is our night, fly to the top, baby
Yes, we can do it, just wait and see
This is our night, time for a change, baby
Get rid of the old, take a hold and be free
This is our night

2010


Greece, in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, selected the song “Opa” sung by Giorgos Alkaios & Friends as their entry, by a national selection on 12 March 2010.Due to financial constraints facing ERT, the winning entry will have a limited budget compared to past years, with ERT only paying for the music video and a very limited promotional tour.
Greece competed in the second half of the first semi-final of the contest on 25 May. It qualified for the final, and came 8th with 140 points.
lyrics

Hoppa!
Hoppa, hoppa!

I burnt the past, my old nights
Memories also became shivers
Memories and voices, unjust wishes
And left open wounds in a corner

I burnt the past, my old nights
Dreams and nightmares I threw in flames
Hot tears, too many lies
Seem like a silent movie that I’m not watching anymore

Hoppa!

I set on fire (Hey!)
All past events (Hey!)
I’ll change everything (Hoppa!)
And I will cry out (Hoppa!)
The past is forgotten and everything is starting over (Hoppa!)

I set on fire (Hey!)
All past events (Hey!)
I’ll change everything (Hoppa!)
And I will cry out (Hoppa!)
The past is forgotten and everything is starting over (Hoppa!)

I burnt the past, my old nights
And I start from scratch, even if you don’t want to
Hot tears, too many lies
I paid what I owed and borrowed

Hoppa!

I set on fire (Hey!)
All past events (Hey!)
I’ll change everything (Hoppa!)
And I will cry out (Hoppa!)
The past is forgotten and everything is starting over (Hoppa!)

Everybody say: hoppa!

I set on fire (Hey!)
All past events (Hey!)
I’ll change everything (Hoppa!)
And I will cry out (Hoppa!)
The past is forgotten and everything is starting over (Hoppa!)

I set on fire (Hey!)
All past events (Hey!)
I’ll change everything (Hoppa!)
And I will cry out (Hoppa!)
The past is forgotten and everything is starting over

Hoppa!

2011


Greece took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, held between 10 and 14 May 2011, placing seventh. On 2 March 2011, as part of the selection process organized by the Greek national broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), six competing acts—Antigoni Psihrami, Kokkina Halia, Loukas Giorkas, Nikki Ponte, Trimitonio, and Valanto Trifonos—performed their prospective entries live during a televised event. “Watch My Dance” was selected to represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest by a combination of a public televote and panel of judges. At the contest, it placed first in the first semi-final and seventh in the final marking Greece’s eighth top ten placing in as many years.
lyrics

I was born so betrayed – who am I, what I’ll be?
What is mine in this life? Just the heaven and sea
No, I won’t give them up, they’re my fortune, my proof
Don’t believe what you hear ’cause the truth kills your truth
The duty I’ve got is my war against fear
And I want you with me, yes, I want you so near

Watch my dance, head up high, hands like wings and I’ll fly

Head up high and open arms

My soul has the fire
That burns all fears individually
I’m making steps toward God
And if I ever fall, I’ll get up again

I have heard many words, but I still won’t forget
The language of my body, the sound my heart makes
So I’m staying alive and my losses won’t let
My soul to surrender, the power of loss is my bet

Watch my dance, head up high, hands like wings and I’ll fly

Head up high and open arms

My soul has the fire
That burns all fears individually
I’m making steps toward God
And if I ever fall, I’ll get up again

My soul has the fire
That burns all fears individually
I’m making steps toward God
And if I ever fall, I’ll get up again

2012


Greece has confirmed participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, to be held between 22 and 26 May 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Greek national broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) has stated that their budget for the event will be significantly lower than previous years, having reached an agreement with Universal Music Greece to share the costs of participation. On 12 March 2011, as part of the selection process organized by ERT and Universal Music Greece, four competing acts—Cassiopeia, Dora, Eleftheria Eleftheriou, and Velvet Fire—performed their prospective entries during a televised event, with Eleftheria Eleftheriou and the song “Aphrodisiac” winning the chance to represent Greece at the Contest. The song eventually advanced into the grand-final that was held in May 26. Greece performed 16th on the final line-up. At the end of the show, the song only finished in 17th place with 64 points.Since Greece has been known to be the most successful country in the contest after the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004 and had placed within the top-ten position after advancing into the finals every year, this record was eventually broken.Eleutheria came fifth to the televote in the Semi-Final 1 and third to the jury voting.
lyrics

I gotta say what’s on my mind
When I’m with you, I feel alright
You call me baby, we spend the night
I’m so addicted, I feel alive

Over and over I’m falling

Oh oh oh… oh, oh oh oh… oh
You make me dance, dance like a maniac
Oh oh oh… oh, oh oh oh… oh
You make me want your aphrodisiac

You make me want your aphrodisiac

I think about you all the time
I just can’t get you off my mind
You drive me crazy, you drive me wild
You’re so addictive, there’s no way out

Oh oh oh… oh, oh oh oh… oh
You make me dance, dance like a maniac
Oh oh oh… oh, oh oh oh… oh
You make me want your aphrodisiac

You make me want your aphrodisiac

I’m craving for your touch
I want it way too much
I’m craving for your touch
Too much, your touch, too much

Over and over I’m falling

Oh oh oh… oh, oh oh oh… oh
You make me dance, dance like a maniac
Oh oh oh… oh, oh oh oh… oh
You make me want your aphrodisiac

Oh oh oh… oh, oh oh oh… oh
You make me dance, dance like a maniac
Oh oh oh… oh, oh oh oh… oh
You make me want your aphrodisiac

You make me want your aphrodisiac

Greecethe real results

country year singer song pts position
Greece 1974 Marinella Krassi Thalassa Ke T’agori Mou 7 11
Greece 1976 Mariza Koch Panaghia Mou, Panaghia Mou 20 13
Greece 1977 Pascalis, Marianna, Robert & Bessy Mathema Solfege 92 5
Greece 1978 Tania Tsanaklidou Charlie Chaplin 66 8
Greece 1979 Elpida Socrates 69 8
Greece 1980 Anna Vissi Autostop 30 13
Greece 1981 Yiannis Dimitras Feggari Kalokerino 55 8
Greece 1983 Christie Mou Les 32 14
Greece 1985 Takis Biniaris Miazoume 15 16
Greece 1987 Bang Stop 64 10
Greece 1988 Aphrodite Fryda Clown 10 17
Greece 1989 Marianna Efstratiou To Diko Sou Asteri 56 9
Greece 1990 Christos Callow Horis Skopo 11 19
Greece 1991 Sofia Vossu Anixi 36 13
Greece 1992 Cleopatra Olou Tou Kosmou I Elpida 94 5
Greece 1993 Katerina Garbi Ellada, Chora Tou Fotos 64 9
Greece 1994 Costas Bigalis & The Sea Lovers To Trehantiri (Diri Diri) 44 14
Greece 1995 Elina Konstantopoulou Pia Prosefchi 68 12
Greece 1996 Marianna Efstratiou Emis Forame To Himona Anixiatika 36 14
Greece 1997 Marianne Zorba Horepse 39 12
Greece 1998 Thalassa Mia Krifi Evaesthisia 12 20
Greece 2001 Antique Die For You 147 3
Greece 2002 Michael Rakintzis S.A.G.A.P.O. 27 17
Greece 2003 Mando Never Let You Go 25 17
Greece 2004 Sakis Rouvas Shake It 252 3
Greece 2005 Helena Paparizou My Number One 230 1
Greece 2006 Anna Vissi Everything 128 9
Greece 2007 Sarbel Yassou Maria 139 7
Greece 2008 Kalomoira Saranti Secret Combination 218 3
Greece 2009 Sakis Rouvas This Is Our Night 120 7
Greece 2010 alkaios opa 140 8
Greece 2011 Loukas Giorkas feat. Stereo Mike Watch my dance 120 7
Greece 2012 Eleftheria Eleftheriou Aphrodisiac 64 17

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