Greece: OGAE pre final party a raving success

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OGAE Greece, the local branch of the international Eurovision Song Contest fan association, threw tonight the party that is bound to set the standard for many to come yet. In the packed New York Club in Athens, hundreds of fans, media and guests had the opportunity to meet and greet all six hopefuls for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, six past Greek Eurostars and three foreign guests of honour.

A few hours before Ellinikos Telikos, the show which will decide who will get the golden ticket to Dusseldorf, all six hopefuls met under one roof during the OGAE Greece Pre final party in Athens. The show was hosted by Vasia Tryfili, the popular actress and presenter, who created a happy atmosphere with her witty comments.

First to take the stage were the three guests of honour, Poli Genova from Bulgaria, Glen Vella from Malta and Christos Mylordou from Cyprus who all performed their entries. After performing One life, Glen went on to sing Janis Joplin's Summer time together with hostess Vasia Tryfili to the delightment of the fans present. Poli's energetic performance of Na inat and Christos' soulful rendition of San aggelos s'agapisa were also very warmly received by the crowd present.

Each one of the participants in this year's Ellinikos Telikos was then introduced by a different past Greek Eurostar before they took the stage to perform their bid. Each of the veterans wished the young artists good luck for tomorrow's final and they were all asked to sing a song of their choice a capella. Elpida (Greece 1979) brought the house down when she sang the chorus of her Eurovision entry, Socrati. Mariana Efstratiou (Greece 1989 and 1996) who is a great friend of OGAE Greece introduced Kokkina Halia, Thanos Kaliris (lead singer of Bang Greece 1987) spoke for Trihimitonio, Christos Callow (1990) wished good luck to Antigoni Psychrami, Elina Konstantopoulou (1995) introduced Lukas Yorkas and Stereo Mike, followed by Valanto Tryfonos and Bessy Argyraki (1977) and last but not least it was Elpida who wished Nikki Ponte.

OGAE Pressident Costas Zisis promised an even bigger party just before the winner of tomorrow's final leaves for Dusseldorf. The party went on until the small hours with Eurovision music by Antonios Karatzikos, Coordinator of OGAE International.

Stay tuned for the exclusive interviews by Glen Vella, Christos Mylordou and Poli Genova, as well as the gallery from the party.

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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 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.