GREECE – For those who have followed the dawn of Eurovision fan sites, must remember how back then the website www.esctoday.com emerged as the ultimate hub for the Eurofans. It was all about the story behind the 2001 Greek entry.
Greek creator Nikos Terzis, composer of our three Greek Eurovision entries (1995, 2001, 2004), posted a Facebook post about the song that actually brought the competition to the forefront in Greece.
He speaks about the problems he had to deal with as record companies denied the success of this song is released and also asked for a singer change (that singer would have been Helena Paparizou).
ERT was not keen to select this song and the national jury ranked it 2nd. The song went to Copenhagen Eurovision edition due tot he public voting. Terzis also confirmed that ERT has told EBU that they will not host the event if they win, although the song was the favourite back in the 2001 edition.
Nikos Terzis, who represented Greece three times, also represented Belarus in 2005 but failed to qualify for the final.
Weirdly Christine Marchal-Ortiz who was the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest from 1996 until 2002, never commented on the story! It would be nice if she leaves the comfort of her couch and finally give a statement on this.
Could maybe Helena Paparizou say something about it?