The Greek broadcaster ERT internally selected Helena Paparizou to represent the country. One might expect this ends the soap opera about the Greek national selection. But the story continues, as it appearesthat Daphne Bokota was the one who proposed Paparizou to ERT–and mere days before the official announcement, ERT dismissed Daphne from her job…
The story continues…
Antique and Sakis Rouvas both finished third at the Eurovision Song Contest, making the Contest more popular than ever before . Subsequently, the Greek press has paid greater attention to the Greek national selection. Although support for Helena Paparizou's selection seems to be endless, ERT has nonetheless been heavilly criticized by fans, media, songwriters and national celebrities. If it wasn't complicated enough already, the story continues…
Daphne Bokota dismissed
Days ago we already reported that Daphne Bokota, the Greek Eurovision Song Contest commentator, has been dismissed by ERT management, a decision that caused many protest among Greek fans and media. In several interviews, Greek celebrities show their support for Bokota, while expressing their anger about ERT's decision. Days after dismissing Daphne, ERT presented Helena Paparizou as their internally selected representative for Kiev–the same Paparizou as officially proposed to ERT by…Daphne Bokota! Bokota had previously confirmed her recommendation of Helena to esctoday.com on 11th January.
Song selection still unsure
While the gossip about the selected performer is over, ERT faces a song selection dillemma now.
Initially, ERT had asked one or more composers and writers to provide three songs, from which televoters would choose. However, the song may still be chosen by internal selection.
As it's been officially announced, it seems sure that Helena Paparizou will epresent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest final on 21st May in Kiev . But after all that happened, who knows… Concerning oikotimes.com, this is for sure not the end of the soap. The website confirmed Helena's candidature already in an early stadium, keeping Anna Vissi and Annette Artani as 'the other options'.
When contacted by ESCToday, ERT's international relations department was not available for comment.