Greece out

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is un­likely to com­pete at the Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test in Malmo, Swe­den. It is one of a grow­ing list of Euro­pean na­tions that sim­ply can’t af­ford to groom an en­trant for next year’s com­pe­ti­tion, in­dus­try web­site TV Tonight re­ports. Por­tu­gal and Poland are also out and Cyprus looks in­creas­ingly un­likely. ‘‘Pub­lic tele­vi­sion ought not to par­tic­i­pate in this year’s Euro­vi­sion con­test in cor­re­spon­dence with over­whelm­ing pub­lic sen­ti­ment,’’ says Greek government spokesman Si­mos Kedikoglou. ‘‘It is very un­likely that Greece will take part. It’s not just that we don’t have the money to pay for the broad­cast­ing rights and par­tic­i­pa­tion fees which, at 120,000 ($150,000), we sim­ply don’t have. At this junc­ture, it would be morally wrong.’’ En­ter­tainer Elena Pa­pari­zou won for Greece in 2005 with My Num­ber One. So far, 38 coun­tries have signed up to com­pete next year.

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