Bulgaria, Armenia and Belarus in Kalomira's farewell party

by Stella Floras 65 views

The farewell party organised for Kalomira by OGAE Greece proved to be the most successful of its kind in the country so far. Hundreds of Eurofans gathered at the Aftokinisi Club in Athens on Thursday to wish Kalomira good luck in Belgrade and meet the special guests who included past Greek entrants as well as four if this year's contestants in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Bessy Argyraki and Robert Williams, who together with Paschalis and Marianna Toli, placed fifth for Greece in 1977 with Mathema Solfege as well as Marianna Efstratiou (Greece 1989, 1996) were the Greek guests of honour at the hugely successful party organised by OGAE Greece to bid farewell to this year's Eurovision contestant. Also present was Dafni Bokota, the Greek commentator from 1987-2004.

The representatives of Armenia, Belarus and Bulgaria were also present as guests of honour. First arrived, Dj Balthazar and Joanna straight from their appearance on MAD TV. They were warmly welcomed by the fans and they seemed to be enjoying the party thoroughly, singing along the Eurovision entries played by DJ Antonis Karatzikos who was also the host of the party as president of OGAE Greece. Next to arrive was Sirusho together with a team of Armenians residing in Greece, followed by Ruslan Alehno. Soon they were all surrounded by cameras as many TV crews were present to interview them. They all sang and danced together in what seemed a large, international party.

Last to arrive was Kalomira, escorted by Kostas Pantzis, Poseidonas Giannopoulos (the composer and lyricist of Secret Combination) and Kostas Kapetanidis, who will be directing Kalomira in Belgrade. As soon as she arrived it was time for the show to start. All four performed in alphabetical order to a cheering crowd.

Browse the gallery from the party here.

Kalomira thanks everyone and performs Secret Combination

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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.

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