Agathonas Iakovidis is a Greek folk singer of rebetiko style. He represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with Koza Mostra and the song "Alcohol Is Free". Agathonas Iakovidis was born in Evangelismos in 1955, his parents were refugees from Asia Minor. He was a self-educated student. Agathonas has been involved professionally in music since 1973. After a few years, he released his first album in 1977. Since many new albums have been released by Iakovidis. Official website
Shane Schuller, known by the stage name RiskyKidd, is a British-born Greek rapper. He was born in London to a German father and Jamaican mother and he moved with his family to Greece. In 2014 he was chosen to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 along with Freaky Fortune with the song "Rise Up". 2011: "Pain" 2012: "Party all the time" 2013: "Good Life" 2014: "Radio" 2014: "Rise Up" Freaky Fortune Feat Riskykidd 2015: "Lonely" 2015: "I want to live" 2016: "Bang" 2016: "Fire to the night" 2012: "All the Time" 2013: "Rhythm Is a Dancer" 2013: "Angel" Alex Leon feat Giorgina 2013: "The Sun" Demy feat epsilon and Alex Leon 2013: "I can't breathe" Κώστας Μαρτάκης feat Χριστίνα Σάλτη 2013: "Radio" Lunatic Feat. RiskyKidd & Josephine 2014: "Rise Up" 2015: ″Lonely″ featuring Drew 2015: "I want to live" 2016: "Bang" 2016: "Fire to the night
New Hellenic Radio, Internet and Television
New Hellenic Radio and Television or NERIT was the state-owned public broadcaster for Greece from 4 May 2014 to 11 June 2015. Antonis Samaras's coalition government established NERIT to replace the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation in 2013: NERIT began broadcasting under their identity on 4 May 2014, replacing the transitional service Dimosia Tileorasi. In 2015, the government restored ERT as Greece's public broadcaster, NERIT ceased broadcasting on 11 June 2015. On 11 June 2013, the Greek government announced its intention to close ERT, due to unfair recruitments over the past 30 years of previous governments's favors to persons without degrees and without passing the exams of ASEP with exchange of voting them eternally and with immediate effect and to open a new organization entitled NERIT and built it from top to bottom, with employees with degrees and certifications of passing the exams of ASEP; that night, the government started to shut down every transmitter of ERT in Greece. Many employees refused to leave ERT's headquarters at the House of Radio in Agia Paraskevi and continued to broadcast an internet TV channel on Greek and other European media sites.
A few days ERT's signal was restored on some analogue frequencies in Greece, broadcasting a strike programme from Agia Paraskevi. In the meantime, the president of PASOK, Evangelos Venizelos, blackmailed the prime minister that if he don't stop the closing of E. R. T. Will leave the coalition government, along with the president of the Democratic Left, Fotis Kouvelis and push the country into new elections, which means another expenditures against the people and lack of stability in the country. On 10 July 2013, after 28 days of black screens on ERT's digital channels, a transitional service started broadcasting on ERT frequencies as ΕΔΤ from Paiania studios. A few hours the broadcasting authority renamed the channel ΔΤ. ΔΤ, the transitional channel, transmitted old Greek movies and scientific and historical documentaries from ERT's archives. Βουλή Τηλεόραση broadcasts documentaries from the Greek Parliament. On Wednesday 21 August 2013, ΔΤ started live broadcasting with: "Πρωινή ενημέρωση" from its Katehaki headquarters on several public TV frequencies.
Sporting events such as the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and the UEFA Champions League were broadcast by ΔΤ with commentaries from journalists. The broadcaster launched a redesigned logo for "ΔΤ". On the morning of 26 September 2013, the Ελληνική Δημόσια Ραδιοφωνία started live broadcasting with a programme called Πρώτο Πρόγραμμα on several public frequencies. Www.hprt.gr was launched as the official website of Hellenic Public Radio Television. On 1 December 2013 ΔΤ stopped using the DIGEA platform. ΔΤ now broadcasts via the ex-ERT transmitters on three different frequencies: On the first, ΔΤ broadcasts 3 TV channels and 3 Radio channels. ΔΤ1 is the main ΔΤ TV channel. The logo ΔΤ remained unchanged. ΔΤ HD broadcast the same as ΔΤ1 but in HD. The logo of ΔΤ HD is the same as ΔΤ with a small "HD" logo on the right-hand side of the screen. Technical details of ΔΤ HD: 1080i and Dolby Surround Digital Plus. ΔΡ1 and ΔΡ2 broadcast the same radio coverage, whilst ΔΡ3 became a different channel. On the second frequency, ΔΤ broadcast 4 digital TV channels.
ΕΔΤ broadcast the same programme as ΔΤ1. On the third frequency, ΔΤ transmitted 4 TV channels. ΔΤ2 broadcast the same programme as ΔΤ1. On Monday, 10 March 2014, at 7 a.m. the Ελληνική Δημόσια Ραδιοφωνία began live broadcasting of a second radio channel called Τρίτο Πρόγραμμα along with Πρώτο Πρόγραμμα. On Good Friday, 18 April 2014, ΔΤ2 broadcast a different TV programme to cover only the Basketball Euroleague play-off game between Panathinaikos B. C. and CSKA Moscow. The temporary logo of ΔΤ2 was the same as ΔΤ with a small "2" on the right-hand side. From Sunday, 4 May 2014, at 6 p.m. at the beginning of the evening news, the Hellenic Public Television changed its name and logo to NERIT Νέα Ελληνική Ραδιοφωνία, Ίντερνετ και Τηλεόραση Néa Ellinikí Radiofonía, Ínternet ke Tileórasi - New Hellenic Radio and Television with a single programme called "Nerit", broadcast in 3 TV channels. The current logo of the N channel is the letter "N" displayed as a ribbon. Hellenic Public Radio has become "NERIT Radio" with three channels: First Programme, Third Programme and Kosmos.
Three more radio channels are planned. The new NERIT webpage replaced the Hellenic Public Radio Television website. On 15 May 2014 the second NERIT channel began transmission as a sports programme called NERIT Sports. In January 2015 began the official second channel of NERIT, NERITplus, the Second Programme and the new radio NERIT Macedonia. NERIT1 was
Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest
Greece has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 39 times since its debut in 1974, missing six contests in that time. Greece's first win came in 2005 with "My Number One"; the Greek national broadcaster, Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi, broadcasts the event each year and organises the process for the selection of the Greek entry. Greece has never finished last in the contest. Throughout the 20th century, Greece achieved only two top five results, finishing fifth with Paschalis, Marianna and Bessy in 1977 and again fifth with Kleopatra in 1992; the start of the 21st century saw Greece become one of the most successful countries in the contest, with ten top-ten results between 2001 and 2013, including third-place finishes for Antique in 2001, Sakis Rouvas in 2004 and Kalomira in 2008. In the last five contests, Greece has not reached the top ten, including twice failing to qualify from the semi-final to the grand final. Before Greece as a country participated in the contest, singers from Greece have represented other countries.
These singers were Jimmy Makulis for Austria, Yovanna for Switzerland, Nana Mouskouri and Vicky Leandros for Luxembourg. After debuting in the 1974 contest, Greece did not participate in 1975 for "unknown reasons" according to the EBU, but it was discovered that the withdrawal was in protest of Turkey's debut and its invasion of Cyprus in 1974. Greece was disqualified from the Eurovision Song Contest 1982 after it was revealed that Themis Adamantidis was to sing "Sarantapente Kopelies", a released song. A known Greek folk song, it had been revised for the competition, but this violated the rules which stated that all songs had to be original in terms of songwriting and instrumentation and cannot be cover songs. Greece was allowed to return the following year. Had Adamantidis been allowed to perform "Sarantapente Kopelies", he would have appeared second at Harrogate. After returning in 1983, ERT decided that all of the possible songs were of "low quality" and decided not to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 1984.
Greece returned once again to the Contest in 1985, Polina was picked in the 1986 national selection to represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 in Bergen, but ERT pulled out of the Contest unexpectedly. Polina stated that it was due to political troubles in Greece at the time, but she noted that a Eurovision website had learned that the real reason was that the Contest was to be held the night before Orthodox Easter. Had she performed, she would have appeared eighteenth and she would have performed the song "Wagon-lit". Greece returned to the Contest in 1987 and performed each year until the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, when it as not permitted to participate because its five-year points average had fallen under the limit for participation after Thalassa's 20th-place finish in 1998; the following year, ERT announced that it would not return at the Eurovision Song Contest 2000 due to financial reasons. Thirty-one years after its debut, Greece won for the first time in 2005 with Elena Paparizou singing "My Number One", which at the time tied for the record for the most number of twelve points allocated to a song along with Katrina and the Waves' 1997 "Love Shine A Light".
The song made Greece the first country not a member of Big Four to win the contest without going through a semifinal. After Eurovision, the song topped the charts in Greece and Sweden and entered the top ten in Romania, the Netherlands, Belgium, as well as the American Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart. In 2005, Eurovision held a commemorative program, Congratulations, to celebrate 50 years of the contest, in which "My Number One" came fourth in a vote for the show's most popular entry, behind "Hold Me Now", "Nel blu dipinto di blu" and ABBA's "Waterloo". Before Greece's win, the highest score was third place, achieved by duo Antique in 2001 with "Die for You" and again by Sakis Rouvas in 2004 with "Shake It". Greece's least successful result was at 16th place in the 2016 semi-final with the song "Utopian Land" by Argo, with 44 points. In 2006, the 51st Eurovision Song Contest was held in Athens, following Elena Paparizou's victory the previous year; the two hosts were popular singer, former contestant, Sakis Rouvas and Greek American presenter Maria Menounos.
The singer representing Greece in their own country was popular Greek Cypriot artist Anna Vissi. From 2004 to 2006, ERT had selected high-profile artists internally and set up national finals to choose the song, while in 2007 and 2008 it held a televised national final to choose both the song and performer. For the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, ERT was able to secure a high-profile artist once again and planned a national final to choose the song. Greece has been one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest in the 21st century, ten times finishing in the top-ten, including ninth in 2006, seventh in 2007, third in 2008, seventh in 2009, eighth in 2010 and seventh in 2011. After Eleftheria Eleftheriou placed 17th in 2012 with her song "Aphrodisiac", Greece achieved its 10th top-ten result of the century and 18th in total in 2013, finishing sixth with the song "Alcohol is Free". In 2014, Greece finished in 20th place, along with 1998, were the country's worst result in the contest at that time.
Greece was one of only three countries to have never failed to qualify from the semifinals since their 2004 introduction. In addition, Greece qualified from the 1996 audio-on
Freaky Fortune is a Greek musical duo. Its members are the producer Theofilos Pouzbouris a.k.a.. Teo Buzz, their breakthrough in the internet community was a cover on the Perez Hilton's cover competition. Freaky Fortune "Part of me" was announced as a nice work by the Greek duo. After their win, they released 3 singles "Our Destiny", "Stronger" and "All I need", having a small local radio success. In 2014, they were chosen to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 along with the rapper RiskyKidd with the song "Rise Up". "Rise Up" came 20th in the Final of Eurovision 2014. Their following single "In a world without you" was released on June 25, 2014 receiving positive reviews from music critics; the song was a collaboration with the Greek Dj Nicolas Costa who wrote the song while the production was done by him and Freaky Fortune
Greece the Hellenic Republic, self-identified and known as Hellas, is a country located in Southern and Southeast Europe, with a population of 11 million as of 2016. Athens is largest city, followed by Thessaloniki. Greece is located at the crossroads of Europe and Africa. Situated on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula, it shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, Turkey to the northeast; the Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, the Cretan Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km in length, featuring a large number of islands, of which 227 are inhabited. Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak at 2,918 metres; the country consists of nine geographic regions: Macedonia, Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Epirus, the Aegean Islands, Thrace and the Ionian Islands.
Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilisation, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, Western drama and notably the Olympic Games. From the eighth century BC, the Greeks were organised into various independent city-states, known as poleis, which spanned the entire Mediterranean region and the Black Sea. Philip of Macedon united most of the Greek mainland in the fourth century BC, with his son Alexander the Great conquering much of the ancient world, from the eastern Mediterranean to India. Greece was annexed by Rome in the second century BC, becoming an integral part of the Roman Empire and its successor, the Byzantine Empire, in which Greek language and culture were dominant. Rooted in the first century A. D. the Greek Orthodox Church helped shape modern Greek identity and transmitted Greek traditions to the wider Orthodox World. Falling under Ottoman dominion in the mid-15th century, the modern nation state of Greece emerged in 1830 following a war of independence.
Greece's rich historical legacy is reflected by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The sovereign state of Greece is a unitary parliamentary republic and developed country with an advanced high-income economy, a high quality of life, a high standard of living. A founding member of the United Nations, Greece was the tenth member to join the European Communities and has been part of the Eurozone since 2001, it is a member of numerous other international institutions, including the Council of Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. Greece's unique cultural heritage, large tourism industry, prominent shipping sector and geostrategic importance classify it as a middle power, it is the largest economy in the Balkans. The names for the nation of Greece and the Greek people differ from the names used in other languages and cultures.
The Greek name of the country is Hellas or Ellada, its official name is the Hellenic Republic. In English, the country is called Greece, which comes from Latin Graecia and means'the land of the Greeks'; the earliest evidence of the presence of human ancestors in the southern Balkans, dated to 270,000 BC, is to be found in the Petralona cave, in the Greek province of Macedonia. All three stages of the stone age are represented for example in the Franchthi Cave. Neolithic settlements in Greece, dating from the 7th millennium BC, are the oldest in Europe by several centuries, as Greece lies on the route via which farming spread from the Near East to Europe. Greece is home to the first advanced civilizations in Europe and is considered the birthplace of Western civilisation, beginning with the Cycladic civilization on the islands of the Aegean Sea at around 3200 BC, the Minoan civilization in Crete, the Mycenaean civilization on the mainland; these civilizations possessed writing, the Minoans writing in an undeciphered script known as Linear A, the Mycenaeans in Linear B, an early form of Greek.
The Mycenaeans absorbed the Minoans, but collapsed violently around 1200 BC, during a time of regional upheaval known as the Bronze Age collapse. This ushered from which written records are absent. Though the unearthed Linear B texts are too fragmentary for the reconstruction of the political landscape and can't support the existence of a larger state contemporary Hittite and Egyptian records suggest the presence of a single state under a "Great King" based in mainland Greece; the end of the Dark Ages is traditionally dated to the year of the first Olympic Games. The Iliad and the Odyssey, the foundational texts of Western literature, are believed to have been composed by Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BC. With the end of the Dark Ages, there emerged various kingdoms and city-states across the Greek peninsula, which spread to the shores of the Black Sea, So