This year’s Greek representative, Eleftheria Eleftheriou, has spoken of her love of Azerbaijan. Speaking to AzerTAc, the 23 year old singer, who finished in 17th place in this year’s contest with ‘Aphrodisiac’ ,said that she was glad to have discovered such a wonderful country, such sincere people, and that she intended to return there.
“I am very glad that I have discovered such a wonderful country as Azerbaijan. This is the place with the most sincere and tender people in the world I have ever seen,” Eleftheria said.
“I have never seen such hospitability which I’ve seen in Azerbaijan. The people are so sincere and tender that you feel as you are in home. Baku is such a wonderful and amazing city you don`t want to leave. I left my soul here, notwithstanding I leave. I will return to Baku, Azerbaijan again. Because you can`t see all must-see-places during one visit,” she said.
Meanwhile, analysts and critics are assessing if the Greek financial crisis skewed the final results as Greece failed to finish in the top 10 for the first time since the introduction of the semifinal system, or if it was just a poor performance this year.
Analysts at Renaissance Capital have noted that although Germany came 8th, The Greeks gave it no points. Italy and Cyprus were the only euro-zone partners to be given any points from Greece.
“Well, the Greeks have to protest somehow,” said Charles Robertson at the bank in London.
From the 64 votes awarded to Greece, only three came from the euro zone; 1 from Germany,2 from Belgium, and the usual 12 from Cyprus.
Spain, Italy, Ireland and Portugal, however, all gave Germany votes.
“Clearly an attempt to encourage Germany to build a firewall to protect them,” said Robertson.
The inquest continued in Greece this week too with former Eurovision two-time entrant, Elpida, not being too complimentary. Elpida represented Greece in 1979 with the song ‘Sokrati‘ which finished 8th and then represented Cyprus in 1986 with ‘Tora Zo‘ which came 20th (and last).
Talking on Afternoon Study, Elpida stated that this year’s entrant, despite being a sweet, beautiful girl, had a very bad voice.
“The song was nice but the whole thing was not nice. Her voice was the worst thing we heard for some time. We were in the seven worst songs.”
She went on to call this year’s stage presence “cheap”.
So did the eurozone and financial crisis have any influence on this year’ voting, or was it simply as Elpida said, that this year’s Greek entry just wasn’t good enough?