Last Saturday Helena Paparizou, the Queen of Eurovision 2005 and a musical icon in both in Greece and Sweden, gave an elegant performance of “Survivor” that was infused with elements of dance, rock, and diva. Melodifestivalen viewers enjoyed it enough to give her a second chance. But amid all the hype and expectation, it’s easy to forget the young woman who first appeared at Eurovision more than a decade ago. Let’s travel back to the beginning….
In 2001 Helena performed the song “Die For You” with the group Antique. They finished 3rd at the Parken Arena, igniting Greece’s interest in Eurovision for the first time. That passion is still present in the number of relevant web-sites, forums and groups created by EuroFans. Wearing a white jumpsuit that exposed her back, Helena attracted attention for her distinct look. When the camera zoomed in on her beautiful face it was pure heaven. Like a prima ballerina, she also paid, and pays, special importance to her hand movements.
It was finally time for Greece to win the contest. The Greek broadcaster selected Helena internally and staged a national final to choose her song. She sang 3 numbers and “My Number One” won by a huge margin. With “My Number One”, she became Europe’s number one. Her performance was sexier and more feminine than in 2001. What stayed the same? Those hand movements and that stunning face.
Melodifestivalen – Malmo 2014
Now she’s hoping to sing in Copenhagen, just like she did 13 years ago. But first she will have to compete at Melodifestivalen 2014, and procceed to the final after being relegated to the “Andra Chansen”. During the first semi-final she looked strong and sophisticated. Dressed in all black, her performance hinted at mourning. This was a very emotional song for her, following her break-up with Tony Mavridis, who was by her side in 2001 and 2005. Thankfully she is now in a perfect relationship with Andreas Kapsalis, whom she plans to marry. Will it be third time lucky for Helena?