Swedish-born Greek singer Helena Paparizou is reportedly in talks to represent Greece in the next Eurovision song contest in Kiev next year. The news was revealed by Paparizou’s close friend, TV host Themis Georgantas, who said that she was in talks with the state broadcaster. The return of Paparizou to the competition is viewed as positive as the 2005 winner had given Greece its first victory with her song “Number 1” at that very city.
In July, Helena had expressed interest in the competition. “Back in 2001 with Antique, I said ‘If the song is good, I’ll go,'” said Paparizou. “The same applies now. If the song is good, I’ll go… That’s what happened with ‘Survivor’, I listened to the song and I said, ‘I want this for my album’. They told me that I needed to go to Melodifestivalen if I wanted the song, and so I did.”
Paparizou first blitzkrieged to the competition in 2001 at age 19. She was part of the Antique duo. Their song, “(I Would) Die for You” came third and gave Greece new impetus when it came to Eurovision.
Speculation in the Greek media is mounting regarding Paparizou and whether she will be representing Greece in 2017.
Paparizou in 2001:
Paparizou in 2005: