ERT shortlists 7 artists to represent Greece in Liverpool

Greece’s Eurovision broadcaster ERT has completed phase one of its preparations for Eurovision 2023. A few weeks ago, over 3,000 people applied to be part of a 70-member panel was formed by the broadcaster to act as its demoscopic jury. This group made up of fans of all ages have 50.6% of the final say in choosing the artist who will fly the Greek flag in Liverpool.

Now ERT is moving ahead with phase two. It has chosen a 7-member panel to act as its professional jury. Their votes will make up the remaining 49.6%. Each artist will soon meet privately with the 7 jury members to present their plans and vision for promotion and the staging of their song, should they be chosen.

Additionally, to prevent any leaks, ERT has released the names of the 7 artists in the running, as the demoscopic voting has come to a close. Let’s have a closer look at the artists hoping for the ticket to Liverpool this May. A final decision and announcement of the artist and the song that will represent Greece at Eurovision 2023 is expected by mid-January.

Leon of Athens – “Somewhere To Go”

Timoleon Veremis aka Leon of Athens already has some Eurovision experience under his belt. He was part of the team that wrote Katerine Duska’s Eurovision 2019 song for Greece, “Better Love.” He co-wrote his 2023 “Somewhere To Go,” which has been described as an English-language happy uptempo song, with 80s vibes, reminiscent of Harry Styles’ latest releases.

Konstantina Iosifidou – “We Are Young”

Her song “We Are Young” is a self-written and composed English pop-rock ballad. It is an anthem for the joy of life, love and freedom of youth. Konstantina is 22 years old and is known for appearing on The Voice of Greece in 2018 on team Panos Mouzourakis’ team. In 2022, Konstantina made her recording debut with the song “Let You Go”.

Antonia Kaouri & Maria Maragkou – “Shout Out!”

Somewhat surprising on this list is the female duo of two solo artists: Antonia Kaouri and Maria Maragkou. Antonia has released two singles since her participation in The Voice of Greece in 2020. Kostis Maraveyas described her as one of the best young pop artists of Greece. Meanwhile, Maria is an actress who is also a singer.

Klavdia – “Holy Water”

Klavdia Papadopoulou is yet another artist who gained recognition in The Voice of Greece in 2018. The song she submitted to ERT is an English melodic slow ballad with a build-up, addressing important social issues. The song showcases the young singer’s powerful voice and features emotional explosions. Klavdia is one of PANIK Records’ artists.

Melissa Mantzoukis – “Liar”

Melissa Mantzoukis got third place in Deutschland sucht den Superstar (German Pop Idol) in 2022. Now she’s trying her luck at representing Greece in Liverpool! Her song “Liar” was written by a team of Greek and Dutch songwriters. It’s a modern pop dance track described as a female emprowerment anthem, addressing the issue of how modern women must find their own confidence and protect themselves from all the toxic and offensive behaviors they face daily.

Monika – “I’m Proud”

Monica Christodoulou is undoubtedly one of the biggest names taking part in Greece’s selection. She and her team submitted three songs this year, with just one making it to the final shortlist. Her entry is a mid tempo track in her unique musical style and has English lyrics.

Victor Vernicos – “What They Say”

At 16 years old, Victor Vernicos Jorgensen is the youngest participant of this year’s selection process. “What They Say” is an English ballad and can be described as very emotional and powerful. Given Victor’s Danish roots, this song might also sound appropriate at DMGP!

At Eurovision 2022, Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord was chosen to represent the Hellenic Republic with “Die Together”, and she achieved an impressive 8th place in the Grand Final in Turin!

Which of the 7 artists are you pulling for to become Greece’s 43rd Eurovision star? You can let us know in the comments below or on our social media @escbubble!

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