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Helena Paparizou is the undisputed Greek favourite participant in Eurovision through the years

15 May 2013 / 21:05:27  GRReporter
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On the eve of Eurovision 2013, the readers of GRReporter voted for their favourite Greek song that has participated in the international competition in recent years. Among the seven possible options, Helena Paparizou is the undisputed favourite.

First in the hearts of the Bulgarian readers is Helena Paparizou with her song "My number one", which brought victory for Greece in 2005. Seven years after its triumph, Paparizou’s Greek pop hit is still the favourite song of the Greek fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. The votes in the English version of our website also rank the song first.

Second in the Bulgarian version of the website is the song of the Antique duo, in which Paparizou took part in 2001 too. The Swedish girl of Greek origin, aged 18 at that time, performed for the first time on the big stage and grabbed the hearts of the audience worldwide. Antique’s song "Die for you" ranked third in the international contest 12 years ago, thus paving the young singer’s way for a successful career. The voters in the English and Greek versions of the website rank the song third among their favourite performances of Greek artists, who have represented Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest.

The next favourite Greek song of our readers as shown by the results of the poll is Sarbel’s "Geia sou Maria" (2007). It ranks second as a result of the vote in the English and Greek versions of our website whereas the Bulgarian readers rank Sarbel third. The song by the young singer ranked seventh in 2007 and made the pop musician popular abroad.

Giorgos Alkaios and the song "OPA!", which represented Greece at the International Song Contest in 2010, ranks fourth among the preferences of the Greek and Bulgarian voters in the poll. The traditional "Opa" and Alkaios’ rhythm obviously do not grab the hearts of our English speaking readers as is the case with Balkan people and the votes in the English version put him in last place.

Greece’s favourite Sakis Rouvas with the song "This is our night", which he performed at Eurovision in 2009, ranks fifth as a result of the vote of our Greek and Bulgarian readers. He is fourth in the English version of the website.

Little Kalomira, who, according to some, is like a combination of a Barbie doll and the little pony, has not found significant support from our audience. She represented Greece in 2008 with her song "Secret combination" and reached the honourable fifth place at the international festival. This song receives no vote in the Greek poll and the Bulgarian readers rank it next to last. Kalomira and her secret combination receive the greatest support in the English version of the poll and she ranks fifth out of the seven choices for your favourite Greek artist who has represented the country at Eurovision.

With the option to vote for Michalis Rakintzis and his song S.A.G.A.P.O., we just wanted to find out whether preferences have changed since 2002. Then, Rakintzis’ performance ranked last among the songs of all countries that took part in the Eurovision Song Contest. S.A.G.A.P.O.’s greatest supporters had said that the song had remained misunderstood because it was far ahead of its time. Apparently, nothing has changed 11 years later. The voters in the Bulgarian and the English version of the poll rank it last and only the Greek readers rank the song next to last. Without meaning that Rakintzis’s song is bad, we would allow ourselves to assume that it was not appropriate for the audience of Eurovision.

Several hours before the second semi-finals of Eurovision, we wish success to the Greek and Bulgarian participants.

Tags: MusicHelena PaparizouEurovisionContest
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