After having been postponed due to severe weather last week, the first of EuroStar’s three semifinals was broadcast tonight. Apostolos Psychramis (photo) managed to beat his fellow contestants and thus make it to the final of the talent show that will choose the Greek performer for the 49th Eurovision Song Contest.
Each of the three contestants in tonight’s heat had to perform two songs; one in Greek and one in English. Apostolos Psychramis with his rendition of Se Ekdikithika (I took revenge on you) by Greek singer Antonis Remos and U2's In the name of love that managed to impress both the jury and the viewers. The televotes counted for 40% of tonight's result . According to esctoday.com's sources the full results were as follows:
1st Apostolos Psychramis jury 23.8% , televoting 55.5%,
2nd Chrysanthi Mihalopoulou jury 18.9%, televoting 5.2%,
3rd Thanos Papaioannou jury 17.3%, televoting 3.1%.
Apostolos Psychramis is a 23 year-old theatre student. Multi-talented Apostolos speaks English and German, plays the guitar, the piano, the trombone and the tampoura, a traditional Greek musical instrument. Apart from music, his hobbies range from literature and poetry to football. Fly on the wings of love by the Olsen Brothers, who gave Denmark its second win in 2000, is his favourite Eurovision winner. I Anixi by Sofia Vossou is definitely is his favourite Greek entry, according to Eurovision website greece.ogae.net.
Apostolos has many reasons to be pleased tonight. Not only did he manage to come one step closer to his dream of representing Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest, but, by making it to the EuroStar final, he also secured himself a contract with leading record company MINOS-EMI, one of the sponsors of the program.
Meanwhile, it seems that the time slot of EuroStar had to go through a new change by ERT, the state Greek broadcaster. As of next week the program will be broadcast every Saturday at 18.15 CET by NET, the broadcaster’s second channel and current host of the show. It remains to be seen whether this will be the final time slot for EuroStar. So far, the Greek broadcaster had to reschedule its timetables after the announcement of general elections and, as far as last week’s episode is concerned, unforeseen weather conditions. This new change is seen as one too many by some fans of the program.