2005 Eurovision winner, Helena Paparizou has confirmed that she would not rule out a return to the contest if she had the right song. There has been significant rumours throughout the last few years in the Eurovision community about a potential return from Helena, especially considering her mixed heritage and previous involvement in National Finals since 2005. Having released a single in the last couple of weeks and constantly producing more music since her participation, including 4 albums in the last decade, her constant presence on the international music scene has always provoked the thought of a potential return in the minds of fans.
On Greek Television last week she said,
“Had I had the right song, I would be taking part again, Just like the way it happened back in 2005 with ‘My Number One’. I remember myself home, sitting at the family table and half of my people were saying not to go to Eurovision since I was at the beginning of my solo career. I slammed my arms on the table and I said “I’m already there, I am going!”. I didn’t know, of course with which song. Mentally I was ready to take part in the competition.”
Helena’s passion for Eurovision is obvious in her recent interview and her story is told with much excitement and nostalgia. Her interest in the contest appears just as great now as it ever has been.
(Above) Helena Paparizou performs in the final of Melodifestivalen 2014.
Since her famous victory which was also Greece’s first contest win in 2005, we have also seen Helena try to represent the country of her birth, Sweden. In 2014, she entered one of the continent’s favourite National Finals, Melodifestivalen where she qualified for the final with her song Survivor that became a fan favourite in the Eurovision Season. She finished 4th in the Final at Friends Arena.
In 2017, it was also rumoured that Cyprus approached her with an original version of ‘Fuego’, the Eurovision classic that gave Cyprus its highest ever finish with Eleni Foureira the following year in Lisbon.
If Helena Paparizou was to return to Eurovision, it would certainly provide the contest with respected experience, dedication and great intrigue. Joining an illustrious list of previously victorious winners such as Lena and Alexander Rybak would give her a lot to live up to. However, she is clearly ready and cannot wait to return if she chooses to do so.
Since making its debut in 1974, Greece has participated 40 times, missing out only 6 times. After getting third place in 2001 and 2004, Greece’s first victory came when Helelna Paparizou sang My Number One in Kyiv, 2005. This brought the contest to Athens for 2006. In 2008, Kalomira gave Greece their second semi final win and finished third overall with Secret Combination. Some of Greece’s most memorable entries include Ellada, Chora Tou Fotos (1993), (I would) Die for You (2001), Alcohol is Free (2013) and Better Love (2019). Greek-Dutch Singer, Stefania was selected to represent the country for the 2020 contest and will return for Rotterdam in 2021.
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