🇬🇷 Was Kalomira suppose to represent Greece in Lisbon?
Vasil Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
GREECE – Speaking to People Greece Magazine, the 2008 Greek representative Kalomira revealed that shew was negotiating potential participation for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Greece. Due to the anniversary of ten years since she participated there were some preliminary discussions, says Kalomira.
Everything seemed positive but ultimately her husband and children are a priority.
She also praised Yianna Terzi for her performance and expressed her surprise for the elimination from the Grand Final.
At the end of 2007, Heaven Music chose Kalomira to be their contestant in the 2008 National Final to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. Kalomira picked an R&B style upbeat song with a Greek feel composed by Konstantinos Pantzis with lyrics by Poseidonas Giannopoulos titled “Secret Combination”.
The song has an “American production” feel to it. On February 27, 2008, Kalomira won the National Final with “Secret Combination” and represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. To promote the song, Kalomira had a pre-Eurovision tour and visited several Eurovision countries throughout March and April.
In the first semifinal, held on May 20, 2008, Kalomira fared well, coming in first place while at the Eurovision final, on May 24, she came in third behind Russia and Ukraine, with 218 points. In an interview with Eleni Menegaki, she said that above all she wanted the Greek people to be proud of the performance.
Kalomira announced on her online diary that she recorded her new album during September and October 2007 in Greece. The album, named Secret Combination the Album, was released on May 29, 2008 and contained songs in both Greek and English, including her Eurovision entry “Secret Combination”.
There is also a bonus rap remix of “Secret Combination” by Master Tempo. The writers are Konstantinos Pantzis, Tasos Vougiatzis and Sunny X. Kalomira did not participate in the promotion of the album, due to a dispute with Heaven Music.
She focused on presenting TV shows, including the Greek version of the game show Big in Japan which took place in Japan and featured 12 contestants.