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Birthday girl Anna Vissi celebrates with show premiere

Anna vissi_2013_with Antonis Remos_Ena I Kanena press conference © alphatv.gr

Three-time Eurovision entrant Anna Vissi (Greece 1980 & 2006, Cyprus 1982) will be celebrating her birthday on stage; her new show Ena I Kanena (One or None), a collaboration with popular Greek singer Antonis Remos, opens tonight at Athens' Pantheon Theatre.

Greek participation agreed with EBU?

Greek Eurovision heart © EBU

Initial fears that Greece might not be able to make it to Copenhagen in May have been steadily receding as rumours of a national final circulated in recent weeks. Now it has been reported that the country's interim state broadcaster has made a special agreement with the EBU so that the country can participate in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

Greek police raids headquarters of former state broadcaster ERT

ERT_Novermber 2013 police operation ©  real.gr

At 04:15 am this morning, riot police raided the ERT building in Athens. Since the closure of the former state broadcaster in June, sacked ERT employees had defiantly carried on broadcasting from the premises. Greek Eurovision participation still not secured.

Cypriot Eurovision stars to perform in charity concert in Brussels

Anna Vissi, Constantinos Christoforou & Despina Olympiou

Anna Vissi, Constantinos Christoforou and Despina Olympiou will take part in a benefit concert called Cyprus Unplugged to be held in Brussels on the 9th of November. All proceeds from the event will go to Cypriot charities supporting disadvantaged children and families.

Jill Johnson releases duet album with former Eurovision and Melodifestivalen participants

Jill Johnson - Duetterna

Today the new album from Swedish pop star and former Eurovision participant Jill Johnson is being released. It consists of 15 duets, all with well known established names, of which many are familiar names to followers of the Eurovision Song Contest and Melodifestivalen.

Jill Johnson - Duetterna

Jill Johnson - Duetterna

An album from former Eurovision participant Jill Johnson, which consists of 15 duets. Most of them with well known names to followers of the Eurovision Song Contest and Melodifestivalen.

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Wedding bells to ring for Elias Kozas

Elias Kozas with girlfriend Charoula_close up ©  espressonews.gr

The lead singer of Koza Mostra, the Greek entrants in Malmo, is getting married to long-term girlfriend Charoula on 27th October. According to their wedding announcement in Thessaloniki newspaper Makedonia, their wedding will take place in the city's church of St. Sophia.

Anna Vissi becomes a grandmother

Anna Vissi

Anna Vissi is a newly grandmother. Her only child, Sofia, gave birth to a healthy baby boy in New York in the early afternoon (local time) of Thursday 12th September. This is the three-time Eurovision Song Contest entrant's first grandchild.

Greek court judgement against credited composer of ‘My Number One’

Helena Paparizou

After what sounds like a long legal battle, musician Manos Psaltakis announced that, yesterday, a Greek court ruled in his favour as the rightful composer of 2005 Eurovision winner My Number One and against Christos Dantis, the artist so far credited as the main composer of the song.

Helena Paparizou to perform in Thessaloniki’s MAD North Stage Festival

Helena Paparizou at the 2013 MAD Video Music Awards © MAD TV

2005 Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou and 1998 Cypriot participant Mihalis Hatzigiannis are some of the artists that will appear in the MAD North Stage Festival. The event is organized by Greek music channel MAD TV and will be part of the 78th Thessaloniki International Festival.

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