All self-respecting Greeks have one main topic of conversation these days: the upcoming selection of a song to represent the country at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Belgrade, Serbia, on 24 May. Eurovision has always been popular in Greece, more so since a recent string of Top 10 successes, not to mention winning 1st prize in 2005 with Helena Paparizou's auspiciously named Number 1, so the selection of a worthy performer attracts heated debates online, in the news and amongst friends.
There are three hopefuls at the moment, and I've already made up my mind who I'd like to go through to the semi-finals. Her name's Kalomoira, she's very very sweet, has a great voice and reminds me of my best friend from high school who I had a bit of a teenage crush on. The song's not bad either - it's a catchy, upbeat tune and with the right choreography it could do well. You can check it out here:
In the meantime, Ireland, seven times Eurovision winners but of little recent success, are considering sending Dustin the Turkey to Belgrade this year. There are humans too competing at the Irish final, so we won't know for sure if it's going to be the bird until 23 February.
I wonder whether the UK (also a flop in recent years) will be sending Winnie the Pooh. That'll be one to watch.