The twenty-ninth artist to feature in our Who Is series for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest is Stefania from Greece.
Stefania Liberakakis was born on December 17th 2002 in Utrecht, the Netherlands to Greek parents. She started singing at the age of 8. She made her first television appearance in 2013 when she took part in the third series of The Voice Kids. She was eliminated in the Battle Rounds. After her appearance on The Voice Kids, she joined the childrens’ choir Kinderen voor Kinderen and remained a member for two years.
In 2016, Stefania was chosen to represent the Netherlands at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 as part of the group Kisses. The group sang “Kisses and Dancin” and placed 8th overall.
Two years later, the singer released her first solo single “Stupid Reasons”. In 2019, she released three more singles: “Wonder”, “I’m Sorry (Whoops!)” and “Turn Around”. In June 2019, she performed a cover of the song “Con Calma” together with Konnie Metaxa and Ilenia Williams at the MAD Video Music Awards in Greece. Since 2018, she has appeared as Fenna in the Dutch mockumentary series Brugklas.
Last year, she was internally selected to represent Greece at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. She was due to sing “Superg!rl” before the contest was cancelled.
Shortly after the cancellation, ERT confirmed that Stefania would sing for Greece at the 2021 contest. She will sing “Last Dance”, a song that was selected internally, and was written by the same team behind “Supergirl”: Dimitris Kontopoulos, Sharon Vaughn, and ARCADE (Pavlos Manolis, Anastasios Rammos, Diverno and Gabriel Russell.)
Stefania will perform in the first half of the second semi-final on May 20th.
Image source: Haris Farsarakis / Eurovision.tv
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.