In June her Australia Decides song “Set Me Free” won the Pop category at the European Songwriting Awards — a prestigious competition for up and coming artists judged by top executives at labels including Warner, Universal and Ultra. And now Greek-Australian singer Leea Nanos hopes to win another prize: the right to represent Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest.
In 2019 teen queen Leea told Wiwibloggs that she’d love to represent Greece at Eurovision, seeing it as a way to honour her heritage. And now, in the great tradition of Greek stars Tamta and Eleni Foureira, she says she is just as keen to sing for Cyprus.
Speaking to INFE Greece, the 17-year-old said:
“My family is Greek and my culture means the world to me. Going to Greece a couple years ago I felt like I was home. I would be honoured to represent Cyprus. I saw some of the acts like Foureira who represented and she has inspired me so much as an artist, I would love to follow in her footsteps. The love I have received from Cyprus and Greece online has been so overwhelming and I’m so grateful, I would love to make them proud.”
Leea hasn’t sat still since her breakout performance at Eurovision: Australia Decides 2019. Last August she released the well-received single “Don’t Call Me” — an edgy collab with Caleb.TheRapper. Setting aside her sweet and innocent demeanour, she unleashed attitude and swagger to match the rapper’s fierce interlude, proving she’s a woman who does things on her own terms. As Wiwiblogger Sebastian wrote at the time: “We’re definitely seeing a superstar in the making, ripening well for a berth on a Eurovision stage.” Go girl!
Like so many of you, Leea has spent lockdown mastering TikTok.
Showcasing her humour and loveable spirit, she’s been racking up the views as she dances, sings and makes fun skits about everything from dating to cutting her hair.
In one of her most popular videos, she lets TikTok decide what colour she should dye her locks and models a fierce blonde balayage look.
Would you like to see Leea on stage at ESC for Cyprus? Do you follow her on TikTok? Let us know what you’re thinking down below!