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Former winners together in Athens

21 February 2013 at 00:00 CET

It's been a busy period for several former winners of the Eurovision Song Contest, the likes of Brotherhood Of Man, Johnny Logan, the Herrey's and Loreen are amongst those who have made guest appearances at national selection shows.

No fewer than six former winners appeared in this year's Greek final, Ellinikos Telikos Eurosong 2013. They were  Vicky Leandros, Ruslana, Elena Paparizou, Marija Šerifović, Dima Bilan and Alexander Rybak, all of whom performed the songs that had brought them victory in the contest.

While rehearsals were taking place during the day with the contestants who were seeking to represent Greece this year. Four of the former winners were able to take some time out from rehearsals, as they had been invited by the Greek Minister of Tourism,Olga Kephalogianni, to have a guided tour around the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Vicky Leandros wasn't able to join them, as she was still involved with rehearsals, whilst Alexander Rybak had still to fly into in Athens, as his schedule is incredibly busy.

It was an opportunity for the Greek and international press to get up close to the four former winners, and to see the obvious friendship between all of them. They were welcomed by Dr George Kakavas the Deputy Director of the Museum, as well as the Minister of Tourism.

The foursome were given a special guided tour around the museum, and were able to ask questions about the various exhibits on show. The National Archaeological is the first museum of Greece and is one of the most important museums in the world.

The connection between the Eurovision Song Contest and the museum was reflected in the speech given by Dr Kakavas, who pointed out that culture, much like music, unites people.

Music echoes throughout the museum, with Apollo's and Sapppho's lyres, the Muse's guitar, the harpist from Cyclades, as well as all those mortals singing in the symposia.

Have a look at our gallery of the former winners at the museum.

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With several more national finals still to take place this year, watch out for other former winners making appearances in the next few weeks.