Maria Bekatorou

Maria Bekatorou spoke to Plan Be about the YFSF, Sotiris Tsiodras and the harassment.

Starting your career in television, for several years you also did interviews. However, in recent years you are more in the presentation. Do you miss the interviews at all?

I love interviews, but I do not do “commercial” interviews. I am characterized by something I have learned from Telecity, because I worked there quite independently: I can not embarrass the person in front of me. And I mean, I deliberately avoid anything that might upset or annoy him. With this trend of reproduction that now exists, I do not know if I would be a good presenter for interviews on channels – today, in 2021.

If someone told you, in a time of pandemic, right now, that you have the opportunity to do a single interview on TV, in prime time, and ask what you really want … which person would you choose?

I would like Sotiris Tsiodras!

Tsiodra, eh? Why;

I will tell you … Because this man entered our lives in a very special way, and I feel that he is a man with great interest and on a social level – with a large family, with very important knowledge. I would love to … In general, I like doing interviews with people I admire. And I admire Sotiris Tsiodras, I like him very much.

Do you think that he was wronged a little? Because, while in the beginning he had everyone’s attention, in the process he received many attacks, of various kinds …

Unfortunately, a person who is overly prominent always provokes reactions – positive and negative. Well, this also happened in the case of Sotiris Tsiodras. It is something you do not avoid, anyway …

I can not help but ask you about the issue of harassment …

You know what; So many people have been placed and there are so many people who have experienced this … All I can say is that this is a period when Greece is socially shaken. This does not find me indifferent. It has troubled me and hurt me a lot, at certain times I have cried a lot. But it is also a victory, because now everything is revealed, and no one can believe that he is safe anymore, that the evil he has done to a person will never be revealed. Of course, I do not think these people are doing wrong – that is the problem. They believe that this is part of normal behavior. And this, for me, is the worst of all …

Do you think that, after all that is happening, something will finally change? Because many times in the beginning there is fear (maybe now we need to get our attention away from the pandemic), but then …

I think it will change. These people are taking their lesson. Now is the time!

Do you think that, after all that is happening, something will finally change? Because many times in the beginning there is fear (maybe now we need to get our attention away from the pandemic), but then …

I think it will change. These people are taking their lesson. Now is the time!

Okay, in the YFSF committee we have two old acquaintances, Takis Zacharatos and Katerina Papoutsaki, but we also have new entries, Kostis Maravegias and Michalis Reppas. The committee seems more “loving” to me this year …

It’s more … I do not know how to tell you … I, anyway, with Takis Zacharatos have friendly relations from the previous “Face”, we love each other deeply. I have a fantastic time with him. Also, everyone has the best Thus, a fantastic, “bright” energy is automatically built over the “Face”. This is what the world needs, this is what we need. Because we are also suffering from this situation … I know that all four of them wanted it very, very much!

In the meantime, when I see Maravegia on the committee, I say “Fortunately he is not a contestant”, even that would win! (laughs) It is very interesting to see him on such a committee, because he is something completely different from what we were used to.

Yes, and I think that suits him even better, as I understand it. Because he is a very “cheerful” man and has a lot of theatrical elements in his performances, how can I tell you … I think that suits him, and he is very happy.

Michalis Reppas? At least I do not remember him in any show so far …

Yes, I think Michalis Reppas is doing it for the first time. I have the impression that he too gladly agreed to do so – and I do not think he will be strict at all. “What should I do?”, He tells me, “how will I grade?”. Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either, Looks like BT aint for me either.

Are you at all anxious that this year YFSF is facing a “Survivor” that seems to have been reborn from its ashes? Do you have it in your mind at all?

It does not stress me. There is always competition in our work. But right now, because there is an amazing TV show in my life, I only watch it. We all work to achieve a perfect artistic, and not only, television result. And I think “we have it”.

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