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Greece Selects 16-Year-Old Victor Vernicos for Eurovision 2023

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16-year-old Vernicos will represent Greece at Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool. Credit: Instagram/Victor Vernicos

Greece will be represented at Eurovision 2023 by their youngest ever representative, Victor Vernicos with the song “What They Say”, Greek broadcaster ERT revealed on Monday.

His song was written and produced by Vernicos himself more than a year ago. The song will be released at a later date.

Vernicos was involved in music from an early age

Victor Vernicos Jørgensen 16, was born in Athens and is half Greek and half Danish. He has been involved in music since he was 4 years old. He has taken vocal and guitar lessons, and also attended music seminars.

He characterizes his Eurovision song as a festive, atmospheric ballad. In 2021 he released his first song.

Greece has held an internal selection process with 106 songs submitted. The songs were shortlisted to just seven that were evaluated by two juries; a public jury (50.6% weight) and a professional jury (49.4% weight).

Greece has participated in Eurovision 42 times

Greece started its Eurovision adventure back in 1974, and has participated in the contest 42 times.

They won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 with the song “My Number One,” performed by Helena Paparizou. Since that victory, they have been very successful in Eurovision.

Greece has qualified for the Grand Final 16 out of 18 times, only missing the Grand Final in 2016 and 2018. Well done, Greece! Since 2004, they have finished in the top ten 11 out of 18 times. They have never finished last in the contest.

Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be held in Liverpool.

The Eurovision Song Contest has declared major alterations to the voting process for this year’s contest.

Juries will not participate in the voting process during the semi-finals after the discovery of unusual discrepancies in voting last year. All six juries traded votes in the contest held in Turin, Italy, an action that marred the competition.

The organizers of the Eurovision song contest have therefore extended voting to its global audience for the first time in the competition’s history and reduced the role of professional juries.

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