She’s the Greek-Swedish singer who gave Greece their only Eurovision victory back in 2005.
And now, in an interview aired on Sunday on MAD TV, beloved Helena Paparizou has said that she is ready to give the contest another try.
Helena, who attempted to represent Sweden at Eurovision in 2014, told presenter Themis Georgantas that the Swedish national selection created new opportunities for her.
“Trying to represent Sweden with ‘Survivor’ at Melodifestivalen, my career ‘bloomed’ again,” she said. “I have many many proposals and all of them are great.”
Themis later suggested that Miss Paparizou doesn’t seem to be done with Eurovision, and she confirmed his hunch.
I am a fan of the contest. And the Eurovision chapter is never going to close for me… I think the biggest proof of it was Melfest 2014. For years, people have been asking me, “Would you do Eurovision again?” and I always replied “No”… But there I was again… Back in 2000 with Antique, I said, “If the song is good, I’ll go”. The same applies now. If the song is good, I’ll go… That’s what happened with “Survivor”, I listened to the song and I said “I want this for my album”. They told me that I needed to go to Melodifestivalen if I wanted the song, and so I did.
Superstitious fans will surely think the timing is right for a comeback, since Eurovision 2017 will be staged in Ukraine. It was Helena, of course, who won the contest the last time it was held in the country in 2005.
Eurovision has also been on her mind of late.
Despite her very busy summer, which included releasing a new single and touring all around Greece, she took the time to join Russia’s Sergey Lazarev in a duet of his Eurovision 2016 song at the MAD VMAs in Greece.
Greece’s ERT has yet to decide on the country’s participation for Eurovision 2017, following their big crash out of the Eurovision 2016 semi-finals.
Rumours abound that Demy will be the 2017 representative. But if Helena wants to return for Greece, could she push Demy out of the race?
What do you think? Can she come back, slay and secure Greece its second win at ESC?