The Voice here, The Voice there: will Greece do it again?
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
EDITORIAL – The Voice, the international talent show which rules in many countries across the world has a serious interaction with the Eurovision Song Contest. Belgium, Greece, Azerbaijan were few of the countries this year represented by The Voice participants. Unlike Belgium’s entrant the Greek and Azeri participants were winners of the show. But still Belgium did quite well.
Why is the Voice a secure mean to select the representative of your country? In my opinion I think because the people already endorse the participants and when Eurovision comes (and we speak about a marathon of press and media publicity for more than 3 months) you can unite the fans of the artist and make them Eurofans instantly. This means better social media interaction and more press and media attention in the end.
Greece made the choice this year by accident really. Maria Elena Kyriakou replaced the last minute Tamta in the Greek national final but she was the only one in the Eurosong 2015 who could actually sing live. No one liked the song but everyone trusted her voice plus we counted on the Cypriot support which never came.
Will Greece do it again? In this harsh times the Greek audience is much more keen for something ethnic and dance rather than an international tune or a ballad. Kostas Ageris, the winner of The Voice of Greece 2 seems to be a person that wouldn’t bother anyone. He is from the famous region of Pontus, the music of which is usually extremely dancing and festive and can create amazing spirit on stage.
Recently Kostas was invited by Celestyal Cruises to perform live. Our colleague Art was there and brought us amazing footage and photos from the event. Keen for a cruise in the magnificent islands of Greece? Why not joining the one with Elias Vrettos who was the backing singer and dancer of Cyprus 2005 and NF participant in 2004 Greece’s Eurostar show.