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Greece is the word: Top ten entries

17 February 2017 at 18:00 CET
Greece first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 but until the country won in 2005, it had only finished in the top five on four occasions. The new millennium saw a reversal in Greece's fortunes in the contest which saw the country achieve its first victory and an unprecedented string of top ten finishes. Today we look back at Greece's ten most successful entries in the Eurovision Song Contest. 

When it comes to success in the Eurovision Song Contest, Greece has had mixed results. Whilst the country didn't exactly set the scoreboard alight when it made its Eurovision debut in the 1970s, it achieved consistent results over the decades and to date, has never finished last in the contest. 

The turn of the century saw a change in strategy for Greece; the country experimented with different styles of music and different language combinations. Their secret combination worked and in 2005 Helena Paparizou stole the show in Kyiv with My Number One, taking the contest to Greece for the first time ever. From that point, until 2012, Greece placed consistently inside the top ten which was no mean feat given the rapid expansion of the contest over the years. 

Since the semi-finals were introduced Greece has only once failed to qualify for the Grand Final. This year the singer Demy will represent the country in Kyiv. Her song will be revealed in the coming weeks. Who knows, maybe she will feature in the top ten Greek entries after the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest?

Check out the ten most successful Greek entries below: