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Friday, 14 February 2014 14:45

Greece: Panik Records Set to Present Acts

Greece, a debt-ridden country with a severity of financial concerns has always shown keen interest in participation at the Eurovision Song Contest, considered to be one of the most awaited events of the year with viewing figures way above the seventy percent (70%) threshold. The results have almost always been positive since the millennium onwards and have also proven to be a springboard for new talent or a promotional outing for established talent. In 2014, NERIT which is acting as the new state broadcaster will be joining forces with MAD TV and Panik Records in order to ascertain participation.

At this point in time, an official announcement with regards to the national selection is yet to be made but with Panik Records taking care of the financial burdens carried by the representative and with MAD TV organising the selection process, it seems that everything is in place for the continued participation of Greece in the continental event. In recent days, several reliable sources have confirmed four (4) acts to be in the running, two (2) being rather well known; Kostas Martakis and Krystalia and the other two (2) being newcomers; Mark Angelo feat. Josephine and Freaky Fortune feat. Riskykidd. As we await a proper announcement, it seems like the presumptive national final date is towards March with MAD TV and NERIT organising what is being coined as Eurosong 2014 – a MAD show. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Star TV / MAD TV / Oikotimes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AfrOZersNk

Kostas Martakis, a male vocalist who tried to represent his native Greece at the 2008 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Always & Forever, finishing in second place behind Kalomira and her entry Secret Combination has confirmed that he intends to put his name forward once more whether the selection process is internal or open to everyone. Greece, a highly respected country at the Eurovision Song Contest since their victory at the 2005 edition is facing several difficulties from a financial aspect noting that the national broadcaster is currently undergoing complete re-structuring. Following the establishment of a brand new broadcaster, participation should very much be assured.

Prior to his participation within the national selection, Kostas Martakis then signed to Sony Music Greece had already unveiled his debut album, a successful effort which topped the charts but then eventually followed up with another two studio albums, both released through Universal Music Greece. He is currently in the studio working on new material, which will be released through Platinum Records, the same label responsible for Koza Mostra, this years' representatives for Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest. Martakis made the revelation on Television Ethonos stating 'It's an honour to represent your country'. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Greece and their participation in 2014!

Source: Oikotimes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s0ZRlIUML4

Following a one year absence from the top ten, Greece made a remarkable return earlier this year with the track Alcohol is Free performed by Koza Mostra featuring Agathon Iakovidis. ERT, the national broadcaster is currently facing some financial issues but nevertheless, the European Broadcasting Union and major broadcasters around Europe are supporting the cause in the best possible way. In the meantime, it is thought that Greece will still return to the pan-European competition in Denmark and thus the rumours have already commenced especially with the possibility of a MAD Television and ERT collaboration.

Kostas Martakis, first runner-up at the national final back in 2008 with the track Always and Forever composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos and penned by Vicky Gerothodorou is one of the names being touted as the next representative. Nevertheless, the focus will definitely be on a national selection should both broadcasters be involved in the decision making. Since emerging on the reality talent show, Dream Show back in 2006, Kostas Martakis has won considerable acclaim and signed multiple record deals including with Sony BMG Greece (2006-2009), Universal Music Greece (2009-2012) and most recently Platinum Records (2013). 

Speaking to the Greek media about the possibility of representing Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014, he stated 'Do you think it's my time to go? .. I will be honored if I find the right song, which I want the people to vote for'. We're sure that such rumours will continue to persist in the next couple of months. Kostas Martakis appeared during the Greek national selection as a special guest where he performed Fairytale with Alexander Rybak. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in Denmark following the victory of Emmelie de Forest with the song Only Teardrops.

Source: oikotimes.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VeYgDXmtXE

An exclusive piece of information released by our colleagues at oikotimes.com shows that the Greek national final will be taking place on Monday 18th February and will be including a stunning line-up of international guests with spectacular surprises all throughout the evening. This will be the first time the selection is being organized in collaboration between two broadcasters; ERT and MAD TV who represent two of the most popular channels in the country. It is important to denote that Eleftheria Eleftheriou was the last representative of the nation and was the first not to achieve a top ten result in almost ten years, finishing behind their neighbouring country of Cyprus for the first time in an extremely long time.

The internationally renowned portal has revealed that the selection is set to be a huge event and this is all thanks to the collaboration between the two broadcasters with MAD TV producing the show. There will be a number of international performers who will collaborate with renowned Greek artists and the pairings have been decided in the form of; Helena Paparizou with Melisses, Dima Bilan with Demy, Alexander Rybak with Kostas Martakis, Ruslana with Eleni Foureira and last but not least, Marija Serifovic with the group Vegas. The first representative to make his way to the selection will be the Greek selection will be the Cypriot representative. More guest stars will be revealed shortly. In a press conference set to take place on the 4th February, more details about the show including the hosts and the venue will be revealed. The general artistic director for the show will be Fokas Evaggelinos, who has taken care of several entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in the past. This is sure to be a huge spectacle with a large viewership. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more news from Greece.
 
Source: oikotimes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFOzbmCqkJA