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Greece: Over 3.7 million viewers watch Eurovision final

The Eurovision Song Contest remains by far the most popular TV show in Greece as this year's viewing figures prove once more. Although the numbers dropped slightly since last year, over 3.7 million viewers watched Giorgos Alkaios perform OPA on the Telenor Arena stage on Saturday night.

In a country with a population of a little less than 11 million people, it is certainly a great achievement for a show to be watched by approx. 3.763.000 viewers. The Eurovision Song Contest final was once more the most watched show in the country with its share peaking at 72,5% when Giorgos Alkaios was on stage. The interest remained high throughout the show with an average audience of 3.119.000 viewers dropping slightly after the Greek song and rising again for the results.

The past decade has seen a sharp rise in TV ratings for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Greece. Whereas the contest used to be very popular in 1992 and 1993 with a share of 32,9 and 38,1 respectively, it gradually dropped to a mere 9,8% in 2000. Helena Paparizou's third place in 2001, though, gave the contest new life in the country. TV ratings rose to 24,3 that year only to double in 2002 when the share jumped to 50% and kept rising year after year. Eurovision achieved record viewing ratings in 2006 when it was hosted by ERT in Athens.

Below you can see the Eurovision Song Contest Final TV ratings in Greece year by year since 1992:

9/5/1992      32,9
15/5/1993    38,1
30/4/1994    19,9
13/5/1995    14,9
18/5/1996    16
3/5/1997      19,3
9/5/1998      16,4
29/5/1999    14,6
13/5/2000      9,8
12/5/2001    24,3
25/5/2002    50
24/5/2003    58,9
15/5/2004    75,5
21/5/2005    82,3
20/5/2006    82,6
12/5/2007    74,4
24/5/2008    78,8
16/5/2009    78,9
29/5/2010    72,5


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Sharon Arni [12554]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 15:49:46

super star!!!
[ur]http://www.esc-lyrics.blogspot.com/


Марко из Србије [60087]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 15:22:33

Kate Garbe, Sofia Vossu & Elpida were BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!
I agree, but will add Elina "Pia prosefhi" ;)


Steve Philips [52727]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 11:22:04

Kate Garbe, Sofia Vossu & Elpida were BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!
;) ;) ;)


Andonis . [22445]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 00:52:00

candyman! really ! i dont remember that! but you have to admit that the last decade eurovision in Greece is huge!

ooooooooh Kaiti Garbi was amazing then! what a dress , what an artist!


Candyman 12 points [14078]
Thu 3 Jun 2010 00:34:59

The viewing rates in Eurovision 1993 were pretty amazing too!! Keti Garbi


Andonis . [22445]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 23:17:29

since 2001 with Antique, Eurovision became very popular in Greece ! But Saki Rouvas made it in 2004 extremely popular, and since than the figures views never changed!

Let Greece sends a young artist next year with a totally different style!
Select 1 artist internallywith four songs

or select 3 artist with one song and make a NF!


Steve Philips [52727]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 21:14:23

Excellent GREECE (L) (L) (L)


Whatever ... ORIGINAL ... [29486]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 21:06:14

I simply could NOT resist one more special "OPA" comment!!!!!!
Everybody said ... "OPA", including ESC 2009 winner, Alexander Rybak!!!! (L)
(clip courtesy of Sara :) "shares the moment" ;)

---> http://www.youtube.c(...)/watch?v=w6POkbmaOPs


Artemio Onasis [62483]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 20:28:58

But still Greek votes really disappointed me...


Whatever ... ORIGINAL ... [29486]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 17:28:39

Further to my main comment:

I missed Bulgaria's :) Miro with "Angel si ti" in the Final, too ...
THANK YOU for entertaining us, !!!

Byeeeeeeeee!!!!


Whatever ... ORIGINAL ... [29486]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 15:20:44

Correction: to vote ... against the 20 stronger songs that got through to the Final.

Don't forget to check out those two clips below (2nd video is the ORIGINAL artist of 1st clip's SONG) !!!!
GO GREECE!!!!! (H) (H) (H)


Whatever ... ORIGINAL ... [29486]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 14:59:16

In another analysis, GREECE (H) would have placed No. 3,
IF “OPA” was voted only by 25 qualifying countries in Final.


Here is an article written on day of ESC 2010 Final:... http://entertainment(...)leId=281474978266305

... Someone else's prediction!!!



Anyway, this may NOT be a "rule", BUT it is my guess ;) that certain

ESC - SF1/SF2 ... non-qualifiers ... subconsciously(?!) ;) … seem

to vote ... against the 10 stronger songs that got through to the Final.


( By the way, Slovakia :) and Malta :) deserved to be in Final
and so did Finland :). The Netherlands :) and Poland :), too,
because the SONGS and ARTISTS representing these
non-qualifying countries ENTERTAINED US, as did the rest ...
... THANK YOU !!!!! )


Giorgos Alkaios & Friends with that ... ENERGETIC ... Greek-style ;) performance
of "OPAAAA" did give a ... WINNING IMPRESSION!!!!!


.... Roaring applause AND cheering by fans ....

Greece's "OPA" ended up winning the No. 8 spot out of 39 songs
in the ESC 2010 Final and ... No. 2 ... in ESC 2010 Semifinal 1.


Song was ORIGINAL and it was sung in GREEK!!!!!!!!!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO GIORGOS ALKAIOS (L) & FRIENDS FOR THEIR SUCCESS !!!!

THANK YOU, EUROPE
!!!!!! Next year we will share with you again another ESC entry !!! It will be different -- maybe in English, maybe not ... BUT you can ...BET ;) on another highly anticipated ... Greek-style ;) performance!!!

Congratulation to Germany's LENA :) and her ESC 2010 winning song "Satellite"!!!
Glad that Austria and Lichtenstein will be joining then ...


See you next year !!!! HAVE A GOOD SUMMER !!!!

………… Sehen im nächsten Jahr !!!! HABEN EINEN GUTEN SOMMER !!!!

……………………… Tα λέμε του χρόνου !!!! KAΛΟ ΚΑΛΟΚΑΙΡΙ !!!!! (H) (H) (H) (H) (H)




ENJOY THE CLIPS: http://www.youtube.c(...)/watch?v=dpsenxZ2SQA

………………………..and http://www.youtube.c(...)/watch?v=URHXhO2MkF8

GO GREECE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Mina X [59957]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 12:28:14

I hope they send another song in Greek next year, but I really hope there won't be any "OPA" in the lyrics for once

LOL for once? We've sent 31 songs to eurovision and only this year the word OPA was in the lyrics :P


Laila ♥ Peter Nalitch ♪ ♫ [58775]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 10:37:23

Nice to see they got interest.

I hope they send another song in Greek next year, but I really hope there won't be any "OPA" in the lyrics for once... :P Also I'd like to see a different genre for a change.


johny7even @ esc [21965]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 10:12:38

I absolutelly LOVED sibel in 2006!!! I wanted her to win and got mad with my country (Greece) and the low points we gave her... (i even bet on her... :P). Superstar is one of my all time favourite!


oxi allo karvuno [62420]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 08:22:43

I liked Serbia 09 too. I think it's ethnic elements were very well presented. Especially compared to Serbia 10.


Manuel (Germany) [34658]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 06:56:39

Again problems with Azerbaijan and Armenia: http://eurovisiontimes.wordpress.com/

Why can'T they just stop this petty idioty?
They need to grow up!


TurQuality's Fire [45505]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 01:21:41

i don't think that dutch entry was terrible...even it could be in final instead of russia, bosnia herzegovina, cyprus, moldova or belarus..


@w s

No offense, don't worry, but the Dutch entry was really terrible! Hind's and Edsilia's entries were excellent and deserved to be in the Final, but Sieneke ... NO!


@w s

I'm sure Turkey gave 5 points to Netherlands because of the jury! :/


w s [29210]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 01:02:41

Still 5 points from Turkey. Any explanation for that? While no points for Croatia, only 3 for Ukraine.


TurQuality's Fire [45505]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 01:00:09

@Lina
i am not judging other countries.. i'm telling realities.. sending a ballad song is not a big difference.. we have yet enough ballads in contest every year.. if we start to send ballads too no one can wake up during esc night..
i told something original which is unusual in esc. for example maNga was the only one in last saturday in their own style...


@w s

To be honest, I also would feel ashamed if this horror 'Shalalie Shalala' would represent my country! :S It was a song for JESC! (S)


w s [29210]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 00:55:28

The same can be said about the Dutch entry this year. A lot of Dutch felt ashamed by it. But in the end it got points from 9 countries. Nobody could have expected that. Even 6 from Slovenia and 5 from Turkey.


@Marko

And btw, sorry if I was too harsh with my comment below! *-)


@Marko

I liked our entry in 2005, too, and many other Turks also, but Gülseren's song was too ethnic and not suitable for Eurovision IMO! :/


Марко из Србије [60087]
Wed 2 Jun 2010 00:48:15

Kenan
Hahaha, it's so funny, ppl here are ashamed of 2009 entry, and you voted it! :D the same is with Turkey 2005 - Turks are ashamed of it, but I voted it! :D It was real sound of Anatolia! (L)


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