Helena Paparizou has not ruled out returning to the Eurovision Song Contest if she had the right song.
Following Eurovision Again and the release of her latest single, Helena Paparizou has spoken about returning to the Eurovision Song Contest. The singer who took victory for Greece in 2005 with “My Number One”, spoke on Kalo Mesimeraki yesterday commenting:
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’m going!”. I didn’t know, of course with which song. Mentally I was ready to take part to the competition.
The last time that Helena was approached to compete in the contest was in 2017 when she recorded the original version of “Fuego” which went on to be performed by Eleni Foureira.
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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.