Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Greece
National selection
Selection processInternal selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 15 December 2021
Song: 10 March 2022
Selected entrantAmanda Tenfjord
Selected song"Die Together"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (3rd, 211 points)
Final result8th, 215 points
Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

Greece participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, having internally selected Amanda Tenfjord to represent the country with the song "Die Together".[1] She was announced as the Greek representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 on 15 December 2021, with her song later presented to the public on 10 March 2022.

Greece was drawn to compete in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 10 May 2022. Performing during the show in position 15, "Die Together" was announced among the top 10 entries of the first semi-final and hence qualified to compete in the final. In the final, Greece placed 8th with 215 points. It was later revealed that the country placed 3rd in the semi-final with 211 points.

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, Greece had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest forty-one times since their debut in 1974.[2] The nation has won the contest on one occasion in 2005 with the song "My Number One" performed by Helena Paparizou. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Greece managed to qualify for the grand final with each of their entries for several years. Between 2004 and 2013, the nation achieved nine top ten placements in the final. To this point, Greece in 2016 with Argo's "Utopian Land" failed to qualify from the semi-finals for the first time ever, being absent from the grand final for the first time since 2000 and marking Greece's worst result at the contest. In the 2018 contest, Greece failed to qualify for the second time with Yianna Terzi and the song "Oniro mou" finishing 14th in the semi-final. Greece returned to qualifying for the grand final every year since 2019, including the 2021 contest where Stefania and the song "Last Dance" placed 10th with 170 points.[3]

The Greek national broadcaster, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), broadcasts the event within Greece and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. ERT had been in charge of Greece's participation in the contest since their debut in 1974 until 2013 when the broadcaster was shutdown by a government directive and replaced firstly with the interim Dimosia Tileorasi (DT) and then later by the New Hellenic Radio, Internet and Television (NERIT) broadcaster.[4][5] Following the victory of the Syriza party at the January 2015 Greek legislative election, a draft proposal was initiated to re-instate ERT as the public Greek broadcaster. On 28 April 2015, the draft was approved and signed into law by the Hellenic Parliament, resulting in the renaming of NERIT to ERT; ERT began broadcasting once again on 11 June 2015.[6][7] ERT confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on 6 September 2021.[8] The Greek broadcaster has used various methods to select the Greek entry in the past, such as internal selections and televised national finals to choose the performer, song or both to compete at Eurovision. Since 2018, the Greek entry has been chosen via an internal selection.

Before Eurovision

Internal selection

On 7 September 2021, ERT opened a submission period where artists and composers were able to submit up to three songs each until 10 October 2021. Artists were required to be signed to record labels and to indicate the accompanying artistic group as well as the ideas or concept for the song promotion and presentation as part of their proposal.[9][10] Following the deadline, 25 artists were reported to have submitted a total of more than 40 entries, including Constantinos Christophorou (1996, 2002 and 2005 Eurovision entrant for Cyprus), Ilias Kozas (2013 Eurovision entrant for Greece), Joanne (Ioanna Georgakopoulou, winner of The Voice of Greece 7), Jimmy Sion (runner-up of House of Fame), as well as singers Amanda Tenfjord, Artemis Matafia, Evangelia, Good Job Nicky, Kianna, Marseaux, Nikos Ganos, and band Mobvibe.[10][11]

A seven-member jury panel – chaired by music composer and ERT board member Dimitris Papadimitriou and also including ERT key figures Maria Kozakou, Fotis Apergis and Konstantinos Bourounis, alongside music producers Petros Adam and Giannis Petridis – shortlisted five entrants in late October 2021, following this procedure: each member could pick between 5 and 10 entries, and the ones among these that obtained the majority of the preferences were selected to the following phase.[12] The committee then proceeded to discuss with the acts the details of their potential participation at the ERT headquarters, planning to make their final decision by the end of December 2021.[13][14][15] On 17 November 2021, Nancy Zampetoglou and Thanasis Anagnostopoulos announced the shortlisted acts on their ERT program Studio 4. These were: Good Job Nicky, Joanna Drigo, Ilias Kozas, Lou Is (stage name of Louiza Sofianopoulou) and Amanda Tenfjord.[16]

The latter was ultimately announced as the selected entrant on 15 December 2021,[17] with the entry to be revealed on the first week of March 2022. The related music video was filmed in early February on the island of Symi.[18] In late February 2022, a demo was leaked of the entry, which is reported to be titled "Die Together".[19] The official reveal of the song took place on 10 March.[20]

At Eurovision

The ancient city of Selinunte in Trapani, Sicily was the location of Amanda Tenfjord's postcard.
A video postcard introduced the Amanda Tenfjord's performance in the first semi-final and final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The postcard was filmed in the ancient city of commune of Selinunte in Trapani, Sicily
and featured virtual projections of Amanda across the location.

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Greece was placed into the first semi-final, which was held on 10 May 2022, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[21]

Once all the competing songs for the 2022 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Greece was set to perform in position 15, following the entry from the Iceland and before the entry from Norway.[22] Immediately after the close of the first semi-final, a press conference was held in which each of the artists drew the half of the final of which they would perform in. Greece was drawn into the second half of the final and was later selected by the EBU to perform in position number 17, following the entry from Belgium and before the entry from Iceland.

In Greece, all shows were broadcast on ERT1, Deftero Programma and Voice of Greece, with commentary by Maria Kozakou and Giorgos Kapoutzidis.[23] The Greek spokesperson, who announced the top 12-point score awarded by the Greek jury during the final, was Stefania, who previously represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.

Semi-final

Amanda Tenfjord took part in technical rehearsals on 1 and 5 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 9 and 10 May. This included the jury show on 9 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.

The Greek performance featured Amanda Tenfjord alone on a blue and cold stage to represent the emotional aspect of the song. The stage was highlighted by broken chairs scattered over it to represent the war that Tenfjord fights with herself during the song. As the performance progressed, the blue flooring of the stage grew darker to achieve the concept of the song with LED spotlight effects throughout.

At the end of the show, Greece was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final. This marked the third consecutive qualification to the final for Greece. It was later revealed that Amanda Tenfjord placed third in the semi-final, receiving a total of 211 points: 60 points from the televoting and 151 points from the juries.

Final

Shortly after the first semi-final, a winners' press conference was held for the ten qualifying countries. As part of this press conference, the qualifying artists took part in a draw to determine which half of the grand final they would subsequently participate in. This draw was done in the order the countries appeared in the semi-final running order. Greece was drawn to compete in the second half. Following this draw, the shows' producers decided upon the running order of the final, as they had done for the semi-finals. Greece was subsequently placed to perform in position 17, following the entry from Belgium and before the entry from Iceland.

Amanda Tenfjord once again took part in dress rehearsals on 13 and 14 May before the final, including the jury final where the professional juries cast their final votes before the live show. She performed a repeat of her semi-final performance during the final on 14 May. Greece placed eighth in the final, scoring 215 points: 57 points from the televoting and 158 points from the juries.

Voting

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Greece during the first semi-final and final. Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.[24] The exact composition of the professional jury, and the results of each country's jury and televoting were released after the final; the individual results from each jury member were also released in an anonymised form.[25][26] The Greek jury consisted of Christianna Danezi, Dimitrios Masouras, Elli Karvoni, Nikos Antoniou, and Victoria Chalkitis.[25][26] In the first semi-final, Greece finished in third place out of seventeen entries, marking Greece's third consecutive qualification to the grand final. The first semi-final of the contest saw Greece receive twelve points from Italy, France, the Netherlands and Norway (jury) and Norway (televoting). In the grand final, Greece received twelve points from Switzerland, Bulgaria, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark and Cyprus (jury) and Albania (televote). Over the course of the contest, Greece awarded its 12 points to Albania (in both the jury and televote) in the first semi-final and to Spain (jury) and Spain (televote) in the final.[27][28]

Points awarded to Greece

Points awarded by Greece

Detailed voting results

The following members comprised the Greek jury:[25][26]

  • Christianna Danezi – Musician, singer-songwriter
  • Dimitrios Masouras – Production manager, creative director
  • Elli Karvoni – Singer-songwriter
  • Nikos Antoniou – Musician, producer
  • Victoria Chalkitis – Singer, songwriter
Detailed voting results from Greece (Semi-final 1)
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Albania 9 7 1 5 1 1 12 1 12
02  Latvia 14 4 6 4 10 7 4 13
03  Lithuania 15 12 3 15 15 14 6 5
04   Switzerland 11 6 15 10 7 13 15
05  Slovenia 12 11 9 14 12 16 16
06  Ukraine 6 13 7 7 6 8 3 2 10
07  Bulgaria 7 2 12 2 2 2 10 10 1
08  Netherlands 5 16 2 16 3 5 6 7 4
09  Moldova 1 3 5 9 14 4 7 5 6
10  Portugal 13 14 4 1 11 6 5 8 3
11  Croatia 2 1 14 13 4 3 8 11
12  Denmark 4 10 11 6 13 12 12
13  Austria 16 8 10 3 8 9 2 9 2
14  Iceland 8 9 13 12 16 15 14
15  Greece
16  Norway 3 15 16 11 5 10 1 4 7
17  Armenia 10 5 8 8 9 11 3 8
Detailed voting results from Greece (Final)
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Czech Republic 8 9 12 15 5 9 2 21
02  Romania 4 7 8 9 4 4 7 9 2
03  Portugal 13 14 5 6 11 8 3 20
04  Finland 24 21 23 23 17 24 11
05   Switzerland 21 10 11 14 14 16 23
06  France 23 6 21 11 15 13 10 1
07  Norway 11 15 17 22 10 19 5 6
08  Armenia 14 23 14 18 19 23 15
09  Italy 5 5 19 19 21 10 1 4 7
10  Spain 19 19 1 17 7 6 5 1 12
11  Netherlands 6 16 16 7 6 7 4 12
12  Ukraine 16 13 13 10 18 17 2 10
13  Germany 22 24 10 16 13 21 19
14  Lithuania 17 12 18 20 12 22 16
15  Azerbaijan 1 1 2 1 1 1 12 22
16  Belgium 12 8 24 5 20 12 18
17  Greece
18  Iceland 9 11 15 12 23 14 24
19  Moldova 3 4 9 8 16 5 6 8 3
20  Sweden 10 17 22 24 9 18 7 4
21  Australia 7 3 4 2 3 3 8 13
22  United Kingdom 15 20 20 21 8 20 6 5
23  Poland 2 2 3 3 2 2 10 14
24  Serbia 18 18 7 4 24 11 3 8
25  Estonia 20 22 6 13 22 15 17

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