We continue the National Final Reminder with something from 2005. Today, we will travel to Greece. Another scandal is surrounding our song. But we are talking about Greece, the country that born drama!
The Greek broadcaster, ERT, back in 2005 decided to internal select the artist and then have a national final for the song. Many established artists were rumoured to have asked by the broadcaster, but no one has agreed. After a lot of speculations, Helena Paparizou was selected to represent the nation at the contest.
In a later day, four songs were released as the potential Eurovision entries. Among them, there was the song “The Light In Our Soul”. The song was composed by another Greek Eurovision artist Kostas Bigalis (Greece 1994). Sadly, the song was disqualified, because a demo of it was released a year earlier on Amazon.de by a band named “Big Alice”.
Helena Paparizou was born on 31st of January 1982 in Borås, Sweden. Her parents were Greek immigrants. She moved for a couple of years in Greece and then back to Sweden, where she grew up.
She started her music career being a part of the music duo Antique. The duo represented Greece in the 2001 edition of the contest and finished 3rd (the best place for the country until then). Later she went solo. In 2005 she represented Greece again. This time, her song “My Number One” won the contest and brought to the Mediterranean country its first and only – until today – win.
After her Eurovision win, Helena released many singles and albums. Many times her songs have entered the Greek, Cyprus and Swedish charts. In 2014 she competed in Melodifestivalen, in order to represent Sweden in Eurovision, but her song Survivor finished 4th in the final. From 2016, she is one of the four judges in the Greek version of the Voice. Also, in 2019 is expected to release her new album.
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