Greece – More good news as the Greek national broadcaster ERT has confirmed that it will be participating in Eurovision 2016. Greek media announced that the Board of ERT approved the commitment by the organisation for Greek participation in the 61st contest of Eurovision.
Rumours going around Greece are that ERT may no longer partner with the private channel MAD now that the national broadcaster is up and running itself after some bumpy times in recent years where it replaced NERIT.
Greece has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 36 times since its debut in 1974, missing six contests in that time (1975, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1999 and 2000). Greece won for the first time in 2005 with ‘My Number One’, sung by Elena Paparizou. Greece has always qualified for the final.
This brings the confirmed countries to 17: Greece, Czech Republic, Belarus, Ireland, Germany, France, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, Belgium and The Netherlands.