Although we are still in the midst of Eurovision 2022, let’s have a look back at every Greek entry in the pan-European singing competition from 1974 up until last year’s edition.
Throughout the 20th century, Greece achieved only two top five results, finishing fifth with Paschalis, Marianna, Robert and Bessy in 1977 and again fifth with Kleopatra in 1992.
The start of the 21st century saw Greece become one of the most successful countries in the contest, with ten out of eleven top-ten results between 2001 and 2013.
This famous includes third-place finishes for Antique in 2001 (with 2005 winner Paparizou as lead singer), Sakis Rouvas in 2004 and Kalomira in 2008.
Between 2014 and 2019, Greece did not reach the top ten, twice failing to qualify from the semi-final to the grand final (2016 and 2018). This streak of poor results ended in 2021, when Stefania came 10th with her entry Last Dance.
Greece has made the 2022 Eurovision grand final after Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord’s poignant and timely ballad Die Together placed in the top 10 taking her to the grand final on Sunday, May 15.
Ukraine was also among the 10 countries that successfully made it through to the grand final, with their Eurovision entry Stefania by the Kalush Orchestra tipped to win this year’s musical extravaganza.
But with striking lyrics such as “I’ll always find my way home even if all the roads are destroyed”, the song has become “really close to the hearts of many Ukrainians”, said frontman rapper Oleh Psiuk, who along with the band received special government authorisation to attend Eurovision.
“There are efforts that have been made now to destroy and discredit Ukrainian culture, but we are here to show that Ukrainian music and Ukrainian culture exists,” Mr Psiuk said on Sunday during the official kickoff to the competition.
Ukraine first entered the contest in 2003 and rapidly became one of the most successful countries in the competition.
About Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord
Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord is a critically acclaimed international singer and songwriter.
Tenfjord spent the early years of her life living in Greece, before later relocating to Norway with her family, where she found herself in the same school class as Nordic popstar Sigrid.
Lauded by publications including The Fader and NME, her songs have travelled globally with support from the likes of Spotify and Apple, as well as thanks to features on Netflix series Spinning Out and the NRK and BBC3 co-production Nudes.
When she’s not making music, Amanda studies medicine and has been doing her placement in a hospital for COVID-19 patients.
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