Greece Releases 16-Year-Old’s Eurovision Hope Entry: What They Say (Video)

ATHENS – With hopes of becoming the second-youngest winner ever in the kitschy Eurovision song contest to be held in May in Liverpool, the official video of 16-year-old Greek-Danish singer Victor Vernicos’ song, “What They Say,” has been released.

In a selection process that included a panel, instead of being put to a vote by Greeks, the state broadcaster ERT finally released the video, which largely shows him sitting on a couch in the rain while singing in English, although it’s hard to make out the lyrics.

He characterized the winning entry as a festive, atmospheric ballad, the first verse lyrics going:

Late August
Feet start to shake heart starts to ache
Can’t focus
Panic, I lay on the floor and I hate that I’m holdin on
My lung will break can’t stop to make
My mind up
Time starts to rain clouds not afraid
Of the pain they give in
Anxious to where I’m breathin
Can’t say that I am longin for
Another day to break my spirit
Insane and I can’t tell who’s winnin
Wish this was somethin I could just ignore

His full name is Victor Vernicos Jørgensen, and he was born in Athens in 2006, just a few months after the 2006 Eurovision contest was held in his hometown because Helena Paparizou had won the year before with “My Number One.”

According to Eurovision World, a website that follows the songs from European and other countries allowed to participate, Victor has been involved in music since he was four years old. He has taken vocal and guitar lessons, and has also attended music seminars. The site also states that he began uploading his own cover versions of songs to YouTube nearly three years ago, with his most popular cover version having been viewed by approximately 13,000 people.

The youngest winner of the Eurovision contest was Belgium’s Sandra Kim, who won in 1986 at the age of 13. Greece has participated in the contest 42 times since 1974 and has finished in the Grand Final 16 of 18 times. Victor hopes to become the second-youngest winner ever in the upcoming Eurovision song contest, to be held in May in Liverpool. The official video of his song “What They Say” has recently been released, following a combined selection process that included a panel instead of putting the three finalists to a Greek vote. The video shows him largely sitting on a couch in the rain singing, although it can be hard to make out the lyrics in English.


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