Helena Paparizou, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 wants to return to the competition for a third time.
Two time Eurovision participant Helena Paparizou has stated that Eurovision is still in her future. The singer who first took part in the contest in 2001 as part of Antique, and then returned to win in 2005, is wishing to return to the competition for a third time. Speaking on TV Ethnos the singer said;
Eurovision isn’t over for me and a third participation in the future is still in my mind
Last year she was approached by the Cypriot broadcaster CyBC to represent the nation in Lisbon, Portugal. Helena went on to record a demo version of “Fuego”, before turning down the offer. Helena explained;
It was bad that the demo leaked. It wasn’t right. Everybody does a lot of demos which would then be performed by other artists. It’s not nice neither for me or Eleni. She was brilliant and should have won this year’s Eurovision
The Head of RIK, as well as senior executives and songwriter Alex Papaconstantinou had traveled to Athens, to try and convince the singer to take part in Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Source: TV Ethnos
Greece debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, when they were represented by Marinella and the song “Krasi, thalassa kai t’agori mou” which finished in 11th place with 7 points. Three years later Greece earned their first top 5 finish with Paschalis, Marianna, Robert and Bessy who finished in 5th place with “Mathima solfege”. In 2001 Greece achieved their first top 3 result with Antique and the song “I Would Die For You”. The song became a European hit, and charted across the continent. In 2005 Helena Paparizou returned to the Eurovision stage as a solo artist and brought Greece their first, and to date only, victory. Her song “My Number One” won with 230 points, beating runners-up Malta by 38 points.