Greece: National final on 12th March

by Stella Floras 57 views

The Greek national final which will decide the country's candidate for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 12th March. Apart from the fact that this year it is on a Friday unlike past years when it was usually on a Wednesday it will not take place in a night club but in a studio.

This year the Greek preselection sees a number of changes compared to past years. First of all, the country returns to a rich format final with nine artists- ten originally, one withdrawn- instead of the internal selections or three artist finals of recent years.

The nine songs in the running will be presented to the Greek public just one week before the national final which will take place on 12th March. The presentation will take place on 5th March during a two hour televised show and not during the customary press conference. The recording of the show starts next week.

The Greek national final this year takes place on a Friday for a number of reasons. Mainly because Friday is a better day for television ratings, away from any Champion's League games. This is also made possible by the fact that it will not take place in a night club like previous years but in a large TV studio.

The winner will be decided by a five member jury, smaller than in the past years, and the viewers at a 50/50 split. The presenter(s) of the show and the final have not been decided yet.

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined esctoday.com in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.

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