One of the biggest sagas during the pre-season for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest has been the internal selection of the Greek entry which is widely expected to be former Junior Eurovision star Stefania. OGAE Greece has reported that ERT will not make an announcement regarding their selected artist until either the end of January or the beginning of February.
It had previously been reported that Stefania had been working with Dimitris Kontopoulos on her proposed entry, and EurovisionFun now reports that Sharon Vaughn is the lyricist of the submitted song. Vaughn most recently teamed up with Kontopoulos on Sergey Lazarev’s 2019 Eurovision entry “Scream”.
Stefania Liberakakis, known under the mononym Stefania, was born in Utrecht in 2002. Aged just 17, she already has quite the record. Five years ago, she made it to Team Marco Borsato on The Voice Kids. A few years later, she flew the Dutch flag at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 as part of Kisses. The group finished in eighth place with 174 points.
In 2018, Stefania dropped her first solo single, “Stupid Reasons”. Joachim Vermeulen and Maarten ten Hove wrote the song for the then sixteen year old singer. The official video has over a million views on YouTube. It has not gone unnoticed in Greece, where ERT and MAD saw Stefania’s rising popularity with a lot of joy. She was even invited to perform “Con Calma” alongside Konnie Metaxa and Ilenia Williams during the MAD VMA 2019 awards. Her latest single, “Turn Around” was released last month.
With some people believing the title of the song could be “Super Woman”, EurovisionFun has given us a description of the song in question (translated from Greek):
“The song is a dance-pop song with a rap beat. It is in western style but incorporates the Greek sound in its instrumentation as it includes musical instruments such as the continental bagpipe, the zurnas and the violin. The mixing is achieved in a modern way so don’t expect to hear a track like “My Number One” or “OPA”! The song has an impressive bridge with percussion and contains a rather demanding note for the performer which will impress both the audience and the jury.”
Stefania and Kontopoulos have also prepared a second song to ERT for discussion, however, it is widely believed that all parties will prefer the song described above.
ERT and the Committee in charge of the Greek Eurovision entry are expected to make the final decision during a board meeting tomorrow. According to OGAE Greece, this decision will be made public in two to three weeks time.
Sourced via Escxtra.