Earlier this year Greek broadcaster ERT announced that Demy will represent Greece at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, tonight her song was chosen: 'This Is Love'.
During the show, the three competing songs were presented in the form of dedicated music videos that the Greek entrant Demy filmed in both Greece and Ukraine:
- This Is Love
- When The Morning Comes Around
Viewers voted for their favourite via SMS and televoting. During the show nine representatives of Greeks living abroad also cast their vote contributing 30% to the final outcome.
Demy appeared live on the show alongside composer Dimitris Kontopoulos and Fokas Evangelinos, stage director of the Greek song in Kyiv. Hovig, Cyprus' representative in 2017 also took part in the programme singing his entry Gravity, alongside Sunstroke Project from Moldova who performed Hey Mamma. The show was hosted by Greek actor Antonis Loudaros and journalist Elena Bouzala.
During the show several famous faces from the world of Eurovision appeared via video link including Sakis Rouvas (Greece 2004 and 2009), Ani Lorak (Ukraine 2008), Helena Paparizou (Greece 2005) and Sergey Lazarev (Russia 2016). They all gave Demy advice and wished her well. The young singer was overcome with emotion at one point and thanked everyone for their support.
Eight of the nine Greeks living abroad voted for This Is Love with one voting for When the Morning Comes Around. The results of the televote were then announced and This Is Love was declared the winner. Demy will perform in the first Semi-Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday 9th May.
Demy, Dimitra Papadea, was born in 1991 in Athens, Greece. She is signed to Panik records and, among other accolades, she won Best New Artist in the 2012 MAD Music Awards. Dimitris Kontopoulos and Fokas Evaggelinos were involved in the Eurovision Song Contest several times in the past, most recently in last year's Russian entry You Are The Only One, that placed third in Stockholm as performed by Sergey Lazarev.
Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest
Greece made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 but it is only in recent years that the country achieved considerable success. In 2001 the country achieved its first top three placing when Antique finished third. Greece won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 with My Number One performed by Helena Paparizou and as a result the 2006 contest was held in Athens. Greece has finished in the top ten in ten out of the last sixteen contests making it one of the most successful countries in the past decade. Last year Argo represented Greece with the song Utopian Land.