GREECE – Three weeks after the submission deadline we have 24 (provisional number by the press) singers applying to ERT with 48 (provisional number by the press) for Eurovision 2022.
Since the deadline reached, the Greek national broadcaster remains publicly silent. Within though it seems, according to reports, that ERT executives consider the option to have a national final with 4-10 of the submitted songs.
While we already know 11 Greek artists submitting their bids, foreign artists have also applied to get the ticket for Torino (mostly as composers and lyricists, though). The internal committee of ERT examining the submissions consider many of them adequate to stand on the stage of Eurovision but seems they want to go public.
This is mainly due to ERT’s strategy to expand (since last season) in the production field with positive remarks to be honest. Though, ERT has yet to prove themselves when it comes to live shows as their technical infrastructure is not famous for producing a good quality TV show.
Even when MAD TV had the production of the national final (2013-2015) the equipment was provided mostly (cameras, sounds, etc.) by the national broadcaster and we all remember the mediocre result.
Back to the ERT option for a national final. Let’s say that the broadcaster either fixes or produces externally the Greek national final. An obstacle has already occurred!
The record labels…
…well at least some of them. When the rumours about a national selection appeared in the Greek press, some of them (artists of which already applied to ERT) expressed their worry to the Greek national broadcaster, justifying their worries on the argument that the Greek audience cannot decide on a good song.
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— OIKOTIMES (@theoikotimes) October 29, 2021
So, for some record labels, the song which will represent Greece and the Greeks, cannot (according to some) be selected by the… Greeks!
Do remarkably those record labels consider ERT’s decision more objective? WAIT… WHAT? DID THEY ACTUALLY SAY THAT? Yes, dear readers. While for years we know how ERT works, it comes now, in the year 2021 AD, some consider still ERT’s decisions (when it comes to Eurovision) objective!
In any case, ERT has the sole privilege and right to decide the 2022 Eurovision entry in any way the broadcaster wishes (with EBU’s encouragement to keep aware of the public’s emotions).
The only thing we humbly point out to ERT is that if the broadcaster decides to go to a live show, at least hire good lighting and sound company!
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