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

What do you think? Which were your favourite performances? Who would you like to see represent Greece at Eurovision 2020? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Kevin
Kevin
1 year ago

You all talk about Vangelis Kakouriotis but am i the only one that i actually want to see Jason Mandilas for Greece or Cyprus? i think he is really talented and he is HOOOT !

Escfan
Escfan
1 year ago

the greek guy is so much better than luca wow

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago

Why did none of them sing live? Boring

Ella Komiya
Ella Komiya
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

All MAD TV awards are like this. The only one I remember who didn’t sing live was when Serge performed Only One with Helena. It’s because when they’re all moving around they become out of breath and can’t sing properly. Given the awards are just for show and not a competition they pick the tracking rather than live. This has always bothered me given with MAD TV.

Chris Diomides
Chris Diomides
1 year ago
Reply to  Ella Komiya

There all prerecorded

Ern
Ern
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Agreed!

Triana Park
Triana Park
1 year ago

1) It is “Eleni Foureira”, not “Eleni Fouriera” (in the title)
2) It is “This Is Love”, not ” Is This Love” (somewhere in the middle of the article)
3) MAD Video Music Awards have been held since 2004
4) Luca Hänni is AMAZING??

Jordan
Jordan
1 year ago
Reply to  Triana Park

Luca Hänni is lit??

Ljubljana Love
Ljubljana Love
1 year ago
Reply to  Jordan

Why the question marks though?? xD

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

eleni foureira is serving disney’s ARIEL

Rick
Rick
1 year ago

Also Stefania ( junior eurovision 2016 the netherlands) performed on the show! She’s still so young but people say she can represent greece in the eurovision in a few more years.

Kris
Kris
1 year ago
Reply to  Rick

Soldi copied the clap clap from Kisses and dancing , no ?

Sam
Sam
1 year ago

I must say once again that ‘She got me’ doesn’t fit Switzerland at all, but sounds perfect for countries such as Greece or Cyprus. All of the songs here are the same style and I still claim that 4th place should’ve been for them.

Guest
Guest
1 year ago
Reply to  Sam

What sort of a statement is that??? Are you saying Switzerland cannot have an upbeat dance number or a song that gets top five at Eurovision? It sounds absolutely ridiculous that you think Greece or Cyrpus should have come 4th because Luca’s song should’ve been for Greece or Cyprus. Who says Greece or Cyrpus owns upbeat songs that do well. They both have been struggling with results and didn’t delve into this style of music until recent years. Your argument makes no sense whatsoever. That’s like saying Mikolas shouldn’t have represented the Czech Republic last year because it was too… Read more »

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago

Helena, Eleni and Tamta – all of our Queens on one evening together <3 Love this gala!

SlytherinsHorcrux
SlytherinsHorcrux
1 year ago

1. There is no way that Tamta sang live
2. What the heck did she wear? ?

INAMOO
INAMOO
1 year ago

I can never understand Tamta’s outfits, sorry.

Fatima
Fatima
1 year ago

I wonder if there are any circumstances where Vangelis Kakouriotis might consider it appropriate to do up his shirt

Africavision
Africavision
1 year ago

Dang, that Vangelis Kakouriotis is foyn!

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

Stefania from the band Kisses, that represented the Netherlands in Junior Eurovision 2016, also was part of an act at this award show. She has Greek roots

Rob
Rob
1 year ago

I hope one day Elena Paparizou would do the ESC again! I’m also wondering if maybe Peggy Zina or Natasa Theodoridou could/would do good at ESC. They’ve got A-game voices, so that shouldn’t be the problem. And they can all sing pop bangers or emotional ballads like it’s nothing.

euro20
euro20
1 year ago

i love sin boy but greeks would never choose him :/

euro20
euro20
1 year ago

Greece has a lot of great pop and the last years doesn’t use it logic.!-_-

Preuss
Preuss
1 year ago

Fuego, Fuego 2.0 and Fuego 2.0a
All summer bops!

Jake Mason
Jake Mason
1 year ago

Tamta looks so different already??

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

sometimes I forget how bopestic-banging is Replay

SAKIS88
1 year ago

KOSTAS MARTAKIS GRECE 2020 EUROVISION OU NIKOS GANOS LOL

Nikki
Nikki
1 year ago
Reply to  SAKIS88

That’s two of us on that one. I want them to go too

yodenman
yodenman
1 year ago

Excuse my ignorance but when I read Vangelis I thought they were talking about the iconic composer. Now that would have been an interesting addition to Eurovision.

Manuel Treill
Manuel Treill
1 year ago
Reply to  yodenman

THANK YOU! F***ING THANK YOU!! As a fan of his kind of music I would L O V E if he represented Greece sometime soon!

Nikki
Nikki
1 year ago
Reply to  yodenman

Vangelis in Eurovision would be so cool.

Ziv
Ziv
1 year ago

They got the Eurovision representatives from Cyprus and even Switzerland in the Greek music event, but the Greek representative was not there?

Justice
Justice
1 year ago
Reply to  Ziv

After her Eurovision performance, “there’s nothing more to say to back it up”.

Azaad
Azaad
1 year ago
Reply to  Ziv

To be honest I don’t think Better Love fits in with the MAD VMA discography

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago
Reply to  Ziv

guess she wanted to sing live

Makis
Makis
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

well said

oidios
oidios
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

What a burn

Jack
Jack
1 year ago

Eleni’s perfomance could have win Eurovision. The song, the choreography, the directing, everything is perfect. Let’s hope Greece sends her in 2020 people are saying that a lot

Valentina2020
Valentina2020
1 year ago

Great article, however the awards have been held since 2002 and not 2016.

Raoul
Raoul
1 year ago
Reply to  Valentina2020

Yeah, i was wondering how helena paparizou managed to amass 25 awards in merely three years…

Lisianthus
Lisianthus
1 year ago
Reply to  Valentina2020

Wiwibloggs never corrects mistakes in their articles…

Marinos
Marinos
1 year ago
Reply to  Valentina2020

The awards are being held since 2004.

pepe
pepe
1 year ago

“And yes, all the performances use playback — but it’s not Eurovision, their vocals aren’t being judged.”

Very sad world in which the only reason for singers to sing live, is that they are judged in a competition.

Ziv
Ziv
1 year ago
Reply to  pepe

If some of them sing live, some don’t, it is the problem of individual singers, but if all singers use playback, it is obvious that the organizer asks them to.

Lisianthus
Lisianthus
1 year ago
Reply to  Ziv

Some shows, like the German show Fernsehgarten, only allow some of the artists to sing live. It’s kinda weird.
But a music awards show that doesn’t allow singers to sing live is a joke.