Greece’s first win came in 2005 with «My Number One», sung by Elena Paparizou. Greece returned once again to the Contest in 1985, and Polina was picked in the 1986 national selection to represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 in Bergen, Norway, but ERT pulled out of the Contest unexpectedly. 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 eurovision greece 2011 for participation after Thalassa’s 20th-place finish in 1998. In 2006, the 51st Eurovision Song Contest was held in Athens, Greece, following Elena Paparizou’s victory the previous year.
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. 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. From 2013 through 2015, the music channel MAD produced the Greek national final. For 2016, ERT selected the Eurovision entry internally. They selected the band Argo with the song «Utopian Land» For the first time since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004, Greece failed to qualify for the final. They finished 16th in the first semi-final. In 2017, ERT selected the composer Dimitris Kontopoulos and the choreographer Fokas Evangelinos internally.
Cyprus and Greece are commonly accused of favouring each other and of all the countries, statistics suggest they are the most likely to vote for each other. Wogan seemed to sum it up when Cyprus awarded Greece 12 points in last year’s contest. Over the years people say this is ludicrous but still they do it. Greece is famous for, especially in recent years, always giving twelve points to Cyprus and always receiving twelve points from Cyprus. Until 2001, Greece was seen as one of the least successful countries in the Contest, and therefore the interest of Greek people in the Contest was relatively low.