It’s one of the key annual events on Greece‘s music calendar. And the 2019 edition of the MAD Video Music Awards was packed full of scorching hot performances from recent and past Eurovision acts — and a few hints about the future.
The MAD Video Music Awards have been held annually since 2016. Held by Greek music channel MAD TV, the awards honour the best in Greek music. Helena Paparizou is the queen of the awards, having picked up 25 honours — including at least one every year. Following close behind is another Greek Eurovision icon: Sakis Rouvas is the most successful male artist, with 23 awards.
And the 2019 edition of the show proved to be backed full of iconic performances, including many from Eurovision stars, along with a troupe of talented dancers. And yes, all the performances use playback — but it’s not Eurovision, their vocals aren’t being judged.
Swiss star Luca Hänni took to the Athens stage to revise his Eurovision hit “She Got Me”. He was joined by Greek pop hearthrob Vangelis Kakouriotis, who joined in with the Greek version of the song, “Pósa xérei”
Earlier this year Vangelis was rumoured to be under consideration as Cyprus’ act for Eurovision 2019. But after this performance, we’re wondering if the Greek broadcaster will now have him on their wish list.
Eurovision 2018 runner-up Eleni Foureira delivered her unique blend of Albanian/Greek/Iberian realness. She performed her recent release “El ritmo psicodelico”, and then was joined by Greek rapper 2J for their take on Daddy Yankee’s dancefloor classic “Gasolina”. Eleni also picked up the Best Female Modern award.
Cypus’ Eurovision 2019 star Tamta also made an appearance. She started off performing a chill-out, acoustic version of her Eurovision banger, but fans of the Tel Aviv energy were not disappointed. She soon did a costume reveal, and performed the familiar upbeat version of “Replay”, dressed in a men’s shirt and an iconic denim thong. We would not expect anything less.
And it wouldn’t be a Greek music event without the iconic Helena Paparizou. The Eurovision winner — who also picked up the award for Best Female Adult Artist — performed her recent single “Kalokaíri kai páthos” (“Summer and Passion”). But for this performance, Helena turned it into a steamy duet with Greek singer Jason Mandillas.
Jason may be familiar to Eurovision fans as one of the “Is This Love” swan dancers who accompanied Demy on stage in 2017. He’s now moved from dancing to singing and is another name suggested as a possible Eurovision act for Greece in 2020.
There’s history of future Greek and Cyprus Eurovision stars making duets at the MAD VMAs. Last year Tamta performed alongside Mikolas Josef, while Demy duetted with Poli Genova in 2016.
Greece’s Eurovision king Sakis Rouvas also made an appearance. As well as winning the Best Male Modern award, he proved he still very much commands the stage. Sakis delivered a thrilling performance of his recent single “Ela sto horo” (“Come to the dance”).
Watch all performances from the 2019 MAD VMAs
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