Although both the Greek public and media are deeply disappointed by the 7th place achieved by Sakis Rouvas in the final of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, there is currently unanimous support towards the artist himself in the country.
"Seventh in Europe, first in our hearts" tell many reporters on Greek television today. Greek media and public state their support for Sakis, the general consensus being that the artist gave it his best shot even though this did not translate in enough votes from Europe. All criticism currently focuses on the selection of the song itself, rather than the artist's performance. Sakis stated that, overall, it has all been a wonderful experience for him: " Some win, some lose, personally, I gave everything I had. But it was a wonderful experience".
Sakishimself seemed disappointed and apologised to the Greek public for the final outcome: "I am so sorry, I wanted us to win." stated a disappointed Sakis Rouvas after the results were announced last night. "I am very sad I was not able to fulfill everyone's expectations" he continued.
As far as the TV ratings are concerned, Eurovision proves once again to be the most popular show in Greece by far. Starting off at 63% at the beginning of the final, ratings climbed to an average of 83% during Sakis' performance, peaking at 88,8% during the voting.