Yesterday, Sakis Rouvas (pictured) was presented as the participant for Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest. For months, ERT told that the winner of the Eurostar-competition would go to Istanbul, but this was changed rather suddenly. Today, Dafni Bokota, presenter end jury member of Eurostar, and Apostolos Psihramis, the winner of that show, explained in a press conference why this decision was taken.
According to Dafni Bokota, the main reason for the change is the fact that Eurostar finished one month later than expected on forehand. This made it difficult for the composer, Nikos Terzis, to compose a song that would fit the voice and the personality of the winner of that show. The song Shake it, that had been composed in the meantime, created scepticism whether Apostolos would manage to perform it on stage as it is an upbeat song that needs a powerful choreography. Therefore ERT, with the approval of Apostolos, decided to propose to Sakis Rouvas to perform the song.
Apostolos Psihramis stated that the Eurovision Song Contest isn't about the promotion of artists but about making a nice impression as a country. For him that was reason enough to step down and help the Greek entry as backing vocalist.