It was announced just a moment ago by Greek broadcaster ERT that Stefania Liberakakis, the Greek-Dutch singer who represented her country in Rotterdam in 2021, and de facto in 2020, will read out Greece’s 12 points for the world’s audience on 14th May in Turin.
Last year, Stefania wowed the audiences at Ahoy Rotterdam with her ambitious performance of Last Dance, complete with green screen dancers and virtual cityscapes, which earned her 10th place from both the juries and the public in the Grand Final.
However, this was not her first fling with the Eurovision brand. As well as being down to compete for Greece in 202o with Superg!rl, she represented her birth nation, the Netherlands, at Junior Eurovision 2016 with the group Kisses, and the song Kisses and Dancin’, which finished 8th. This was three years after she competed in the Dutch version of The Voice Kids, and after she had been a member of “Kinderen voor Kinderen”, the children’s TV choir and theatre troupe that has produced a large number of Eurovision alumni since the 1980s.
Greece has something of a tried-and-tested formula in Eurovision voting like no other nation, given its shared music industry with Greek-speaking Cyprus. In recent years, both have illicited boos for the more riled factions of the Eurovision crowd, although there have been some recent surprises. In 2015, neither Greece nor Cyprus complied, and in 2016, the first year of split results, Greece’s jury decided to give its 12 points to Russia, leaving Cyprus with a comparably low 8 points.
Nevertheless, there probably won’t be a great deal of unpredictability when Stefania appears on our screens on the 14th, should both nations make the final.
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