Three songs were up for selection tonight; Out Of Control (composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos, lyrics by Alexandra Zakka), Right On Time (composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos, lyrics by Craig Porteils and Cameron Giles-Webb ) and This Is Our Night (by the same team). Finally, This Is Our Night impressed televoters at home as well as the professional jury. The jury support from international Eurovision Song Contest fans, as one of the jury members represented the vote of the subscribed members of the independent fan website Esctoday.com. According to the site, a bit over 61% of their members' votes went to This Is Our Night.
This Is Our Night was already widely tipped to win tonight's show. Nearly 75% of the visitors of ERT's website favored the composition. The results of the actual televoting and the jury vote have not been announced yet.
Before Sakis performed his three candidate songs, ERT served viewers in Greece and around the world - Eurovision.tv streamed the event live online - with a medley of Sakis' biggest hits, as well as an entertaining history compilation. After Sakis performed his three songs for Moscow, several of this year's selected Eurovision Song Contest participants performed their songs. The UK's representative Jade performed her My Time, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Diane Warren, Andrea Demirovic performed her entry for Montenegro. Turkey's hope Hadise then took the stage to perform Düm Tek Tek. Then it was Petr Elfimov's turn to perform the rock-ballad that he will bring to Moscow on behalf of Belarus. Chiara, who will represent Malta for the third time at the Eurovision Song Contest, performed her 2009 entry What If We.
Viewers from 66 countries watched the Greek song selection through the live stream provided through Eurovision.tv.
Sakis Rouvas (37), who represented Greece in 2004 with Shake It - he finished third! - and hosted the contest in Athens in 2006, will make a come-back to the Eurovision Song Contest stage in 2009. The singer, originially from Corfu, is active in the Greek and Cypriot music business since 1991, and launched over a dozen successful albums. Over the past 17 years, he sold an estimated two million albums. This year, the popular singer will return to the international stage as Greece relies on him to bring back the contest to Hellenic soil.
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