ATHENS – Greece turned to a 16-year-old Greek-Danish singer, Victor Vernicos Jørgensen to represent the country in this year’s Eurovision contest with a song he wrote, What They Say, which he said is a traditional ballad, and has haunting overtones.
He’s a star already on Instagram and the song is in English, Greece hoping for a good showing at the contest that will be in Liverpool from May 9-13, moved from the original site of Ukraine because of Russia’s ongoing invasion.
The decision was announced by Greece’s state broadcaster ERT, the song picked after a competition process that involved two juries, with the entries kept under wraps and even his song’s full version not released yet, just teasers now.
It was a bit of an upset, at least according to an earlier survey in which Greeks gave a wide edge to Melissa Mantzoukis for her song Liar.
Seven artists were competing: four female, two men and a female duet as Greece hopes to get its first win since 2005 when Helena Paparizou triumphed with her rollicking song, My Number One.