ELENA PAPARIZOU WINS EUROVISION SONG CONTEST!
Yes, its true! Elena Paparizou, representing Greece, won the Eurovision Song Contest that took place in Kiev, Ukraine on May 21, 2005.
Elena Paparizou, sometimes spelt Helena Paparizou, (born January 31, 1982, in Gothenburg) is a Swedish singer of Greek parentage. Best known for her partnership with her childhood friend, and fellow Greek-Swede, Nikos Panagiotidis in Antique, a band which offered a linguistic and musical taste of the duo's Greek heritage. Antique was initially most popular in Scandinavia.
Elena first enjoyed chart success with Antique in Sweden with the song Opa-Opa which burst into the Top 5 following its release in August 1999. The duo's rapidly-increasing fame and success in the subsequent period, strongly associated as it was with the international promotion of Greek culture, led to them being selected as Greece's representatives for the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Copenhagen. As lead singer, the eyes of the massive international audience principally fell on Elena, then 19, but her voice, her beauty in a revealing dress, and above all the song Die for You clearly fired the public's imagination, and Antique finished a strong third. It was Greece's second highest place in the competition after her win of the contest in 2005.
Following 2001, Elena's star was on the rise in Greece, and she became a popular choice to represent the country for a second time in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, in which she won the contest as a solo artist for Greece with My Number One. It was the first time in history that Greece had won the contest. She has admitted that Greek music had been something of an acquired taste for her, saying that the name "Antique" was probably a reflection of her childhood impression of traditional Greek music being somewhat staid and old-fashioned.
- May 21, 2005
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