Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010

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Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Country  Greece
National selection
Selection process National Final
50% Televoting
50% Judging panel
Selection date(s) 12 March 2010
Selected entrant Giorgos Alkaios & Friends
Selected song "OPA"
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (2nd, 133 points)
Final result 8th, 140 points
Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2009 2010 2011►

Greece, in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, selected the song "Opa" sung by Giorgos Alkaios & Friends as their entry, by a national selection on 12 March 2010.

After an open call to record labels to submit proposals, Greece's national broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) announced on 18 December 2009 the ten participants that would compete in the selection process. Despina Ricci dropped out of the final in January, while Katerine Avgoustakis was disqualified on 9 February, followed by Eleftheria Eleftheriou on 25 February, bringing the total number of entries to seven. The songs that each singer and ERT picked were first heard by the public through ERT's website on 26 February and presented through a televised show on 5 March 2010.


Prior to the 2010 Contest, Greece had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirty times since its first entry in 1974,[1] winning it in 2005 with the song "My Number One" performed by Elena Paparizou,[2] and having placed third three times: in 2001 with the song "Die for You" performed by the duo Antique; in 2004 with "Shake It" performed by Sakis Rouvas; and the 2008 entry "Secret Combination" performed by Kalomoira. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Greece has had a top ten placing each year. The least successful result was in 1998 when with the song "Mia Krifi Evesthisia" by Thalassa placing twentieth, receiving only twelve points in total, all from Cyprus.[3]

The Greek national broadcaster, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), is in charge of Greece's participation each year, including the selection process for its entry.[4][5] Although its selection techniques have varied over the decades, the most common has been a national final in which various acts compete against each other with pre-selected songs, voted on by a jury, televoters, or both. In most cases, internal selections have been reserved for high-profile acts, with the song either being selected internally or with multiple songs —by one or multiple composers— performed by the artist during a televised final. A departure from this method was a reality television talent competition format inspired by the Idol series that ran for many months in 2004, ultimately being scrapped.[6] The notability of the participants has also varied, from previously unsigned acts to established music superstars. Since the 2010s ERT has used national finals with generally less-established acts.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Selection procedure[edit]

On 12 January it was decided that the national final would be pushed back from to 10 February March 2010.[7] By late January, ERT once again chose to move the date of the final, this time to Friday 12 March because they felt that Fridays were good days for television ratings.[8] The participating songs were scheduled to be revealed the week before the final on 5 March during a two-hour televised program as opposed to the press conference used in previous years.[9][10] The artistic direction of the national final was headed by Fokas Evangelinos[5] and the final took place in a large television studio instead of the nightclubs of past finals.[8] The winning act was chosen via 50% televoting and 50% jury voting.[5]


Disqualified participant Katerine Avgoustakis appeared as a special guest in the show

After an open call to record labels to submit proposals,[11] ERT officially announced on 18 December 2009 the ten participants for the Greek national final.[12] The majority of the announced performers are newcomers in the Greek music scene, while the music styles and genres of the announced performers varies compared to previous years.[11]

On 12 January 2010, Despina Ricci announced her withdrawal from the national final citing a busy schedule; her spot was not filled leaving nine participants for the final.[7] A month later on 8 February after the song titles were revealed, it was found that a remix of Katerine Avgoustakis' song "Enjoy the Day" had been available for viewing on the video hosting website YouTube since 5 November 2009.[13] As it was a violation of ERT's national final rules to have any part of a candidate's song made available to the public before the 5 March presentation, Avgoustakis and her song were disqualified, leaving eight participants in the final.[9][14] Later on 25 February 2010, Eleftheria Eleftheriou was disqualified as well, after her song "Tables Are Turning" was leaked onto the internet, bringing the total number of participants down to seven.[15][16]


The songs of the national final were originally scheduled to be revealed during a 5 March presentation show, however, ERT in fear of having to disqualify more leaked songs,[17] decided to post the seven songs on their website on 26 February.[17][18] The 5 March presentation show was still broadcast the following week, with the public viewing each participant's song in the form of a video. It was broadcast on NET and ERT World and was hosted by Dimitra Agkriotou and Despina Fagkra.[19]


The national final took place on 12 March 2010 and was hosted by Rika Vaggiani and Jenny Balatsinou. Interval acts included Cypriot entrant Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders performing their song "Life Looks Better in Spring", Bulgarian entrant Miroslav Kostadinov performing his song "Angel si ti" and disqualified participant Katerine Avgoustakis performing a piano ballad version of her song "Treat Me Like Lady" as well as her former entry "Enjoy the Day". The winner was decided through televoting and jury, each weighted equally. 2010's jury was made up of five music industry professionals: Mimis Plessas, director and lyricist Anthony Andrikakis, conductor Andreas Pylarinos, journalist Christiana Stamatelou, and producer and songwriter Poseidon Yannopoulos.[20] The winner was Giorgos Alkaios & Friends with the song "Opa".[20] The placings of the other participants were not revealed. On 15 March 2010, ERT revealed the jury and televoting results of the top three songs.[21] Songs were awarded points as they would in the Eurovision Song Contest. As the top three songs were all tied in points, the public vote prevailed with Giorgos Alkaios winning.[21]

Draw[14] Artist Song[14] English translation Jury Televote Place
1 Christos Hatzinasios "Illusion" - - - -
2 Sunny Baltzi & Second Skin "Game of Life" - - - -
3 Manos Pyrovolakis "Kivotos tou Noe" Noah's ark 10 10 2
4 Giorgos Alkaios & Friends "OPA"(ΟΠΑ) - 8 12 1
5 Yorgos Karadimos "Polemao" I'm fighting 12 8 3
6 Melisses "O Kinezos" Chinese - - -
7 Katerine Avgoustakis "Enjoy the Day" - - - -
7 Émigré "Touch me Deep Inside" - - - -
8 Eleftheria Eleftheriou "Tables are Turning" - - - -


Due to financial constraints facing ERT, the winning entry had a limited budget compared to past years, with ERT only paying for the music video and a very limited promotional tour.[11]

At Eurovision[edit]

Alkaios attending an event for the contest in Oslo.

Greece competed in the second half of the first semi-final of the contest on 25 May.[22] It qualified for the final, and came 8th with 140 points.

Points Awarded by Greece[23][edit]

Points Awarded to Greece (Semi-Final 1)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Greece (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]


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  23. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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