Greece: Universal Music Pushing MichalisWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
Due to the fact that there have been quite a lot of successful entries in the Eurovision Song Contest in the past couple of years, record labels are finally seeing the competition as a positive stepping stone for talented artists who are hoping to catch a break or ultimately return back to the scene where they have been positive in the past. Universal Music Greece has sent two tracks to the esteemed music competition, the first being Yassou Maria performed by Sarbel in 2007 achieving seventh place and this year with Eleftheria Eleftheriou singing the track Aphrodisiac finishing in seventeenth place. Therefore, they would very much like to redeem their record by virtue of pushing a number of names forward to the Greek broadcaster, in the hope that one of them will accept and do the honours for the debt stricken country.
Just yesterday, there was focus on singer/songwriter Giorgos Sabanis, well known for restarting the career of Helena Paparizou being the main individual behind her recent music before leaving her label. Nevertheless, there seems to be another name in the frame and he is none other than former Cypriot Eurovision Song Contest representative Michalis Hatzigiannis. The song he had performed back in 1998 was entitled Genesis and finished in eleventh position ahead of the Greek entry that year entitled Mia Krifi Evesthisia performed by Thalassa which only managed twentieth place. Michalis is signed to Universal Music Greece and ERT have worked hard to get him in the past but they definitely need to put a good offer on the table especially when the artist has been extremely successful in his native country since his appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest. He brings to the table a very haunting vocal along with great charisma as could be heard in his latest single entitled We Own The World Tonight which has also just been released in Belgium and Luxembourg through the Universal Music Label.