In 2008, Athena Manoukian made her mark in the national final to select Greece’s Junior Eurovision act. A decade on, she gave a show-stopping X Factor UK audition that grabbed the attention of judges Robbie Williams and Simon Cowell.

The Greek singer of Armenian descent performed Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” for her audition, a mash-up of the original from 2003 and Beyonce’s sultry 2015 remix for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. Athena revealed she had come all the way from Greece to audition, saying, “It’s a great opportunity for me to win your heart.”

With the help of three dancers, Athena worked it on the stage and demonstrated both her vocal talents and dance ability.

Her pop moves grabbed the attention of judge Robbie Williams, with wife Ayda Field shooting her husband a lethal look. Ayda critiqued the performance, observing that “You’re a beautiful girl but there were moments where I found it a bit cheesy.”

When it came to delivering the verdict, the judges were hesitant. Louis Tomlinson said, “I thought the vocal was good, but I’m not sure”. The former One Direction member was the only judge to give Athena a “no”.

Robbie saw potential, saying “There’s a lot about you that is right, if you had the right direction.”  Simon Cowell was also impressed by the overall package. He said, “You’ve got a dated image, but I could never say no to this audition. You’ve got three yeses”.

As the traditional Bootcamp stage has been dropped from The X Factor UK this year, the judges will later decide if Athena will go on to face the Six Chair Challenge.

Athena got her start in 2008, when she competed in the national selection for Greece’s Junior Eurovision entry. She placed seventh with her song “To fili tis Afroditis” (Aphrodite’s kiss).

In 2015, Athena — who has Armenian heritage — was rumoured to be part of the Armenian diaspora supergroup Genealogy who competed in Vienna. However, this did not eventuate.

Later that year, Athena stopped by the wiwibloggs dungeon and chatted about her latest projects.

Athena isn’t the only act with a Eurovision connection to audition for the 2018 series of The X Factor. Last week Ireland’s 2017 act Brendan Murray impressed the judges with his audition. And due to make an appearance in future episodes are the Romanian countertenor Cezar Ouatu, and Junior Eurovision 2013 winner Gaia Cauchi.

Meanwhile, Malta is in the midst of filming the first series of X Factor Malta. After the judges’ auditions round was filmed last month, the show is currently filming the Bootcamp round. The show is due to premiere on Sunday 7 October, and the series will also serve as the artist selection for Malta’s 2019 Eurovision act.

What do you think? How far will Athena go in The X Factor? Share your thoughts below!

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Shazzy
Shazzy
3 years ago

Athena wasn’t anything special unfortunately just because she is pretty and came with backing dancers it didn’t make a memorable audition, her vocals aren’t as good as she thinks they are , her singing is just average and to try and do Beyonce was a mistake as she was nowhere near 10% as good at singing, dancing, performing as Beyonce. I personally along with lots of people that watch Xfactor don’t think people that are already well known in another çountry should be allowed to audition as they already have a career in the industry and it’s supposed to be… Read more »

beccaboo1212
3 years ago

Brendan Murrary represented Ireland at Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.

Yodenman
Yodenman
3 years ago
Reply to  beccaboo1212

Sorry but what point are you making……it says that in the report.

Polegend Godgarina
3 years ago

Her song XO is a major bop. I hope she represents Greece or Armenia someday.

Rick
3 years ago

amazing greek armenian beauty!<3

voix
voix
3 years ago

apologies from Greece guys, there are many immitations but eleni foureira is only one.

Rose
Rose
3 years ago

We’ve already seen quite a few Eurovision stars join the X Factor. Who else is coming on?

Apostum
Apostum
3 years ago

Oh no thanks, another Eleni will not work.

KESC
KESC
3 years ago

Ok, that’s an arrogant girl. 😀

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
3 years ago

Has Cowell always looked to bloated and red? This jury looks really frightening.

Eurovisionfan12
Eurovisionfan12
3 years ago

According to the Youtube comments she was out of tune

EscAU
EscAU
3 years ago

athenaaaa go girl! xo is a proper banger and it’s her turn to take flight

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

Will listen to this later. Lord knows, if she’s good enough, Armenia’s been needing that shot in the arm lately (not for Greece though – I’ve been promised Tamta, and by god, I want Tamta).

James
James
3 years ago

I don’t think she’ll make it far past the Six-Chair Challenge.

Meanwhile, this is the first time I ever heard of the word “eventuate”, which I will now add into my vocabulary. lol