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Eleni "Elena" Paparizou (born 31 January 1982), often referred to internationally as Helena Paparizou, is a Greek-Swedish singer, songwriter, and television personality.

Paparizou is perhaps best known for representing Greece in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, where she won with the song "My Number One," giving the country their first-ever victory in the competition.

She also represented Greece —as part of the duo Antique— in 2001, where they finished third in the final. In 2014, Paparizou made a bid to represent her native Sweden at Eurovision though Melodifestivalen with the song "Survivor", but she was ultimately not selected.

Paparizou is widely seen as one of Greece's biggest stars, and has released a total of eight albums (five Greek, three English) to date. In 2016, she joined the cast of The Voice of Greece as a coach.


Selected discography:

  • Protereotita note  (2004)
  • My Number One (2005)
  • Iparhi Logos note  (2006)
  • The Game of Love (2006)
  • Vrisko To Logo Na Zo note 
  • Giro Apo T' Oneiro note  (2010)
  • Ti Ora Tha Vgoume? note  (2013)
  • One Life (2014)
  • Ouranio Toxo (2017)note 

Elena Paparizou provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Fake Nationality: Elena twice represented Greece at Eurovision because you don't need to be from the country you're representing. She is natively Swedish although both parents have Greek heritage anyway.
  • Stock Rhymes: In her performance for the Eurovision Song Contest, she rhymes fire/desire/higher. "You're a fire/and desire/When I kiss your lips, you know, you take me higher"

Alternative Title(s): Helena Paparizou


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