wins Eurovision 2005!
Crete Journal, August 2005
On May 22, Helena Paparizou won the 50th Eurovision song contest for
Greece, the first victory for the country since it entered the competition
in 1974. Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko presented her with the
prize for her seductive performance of "My Number One", a
mid-tempo tune with minor-keyed Balkan flavourings.
Greece has never before been higher than third in the contest, last
year with Saki Rouvas and in 2001 with ... Helena!
But this time Helena, 23, won with 230 points in telephone voting from
viewers in 39 countries, 38 points ahead of Malta's Chiara, who
came second with the song "Angel". Artists from twenty-four
countries competed in the final.
in a short golden dress, Paparizou, who was born and raised in Sweden
and has Greek parents, gave an energetic performance which featured
her singing and swaying with four male backup dancers. At one point
they joined in a line, doing intricate footwork resembling traditional
"I am so happy that this finally came to Greece", Helena
told reporters at a post-win news conference, where she jumped on a
table waving the Greek flag. She acknowledged the support of her friends,
fans and the members of the Greek delegation. "This is My Big
Fat Greek Family ... Greece is more than ready to host the next Eurovision
Song Contest in Athens. After all, Greece did invite the world for
the Olympics. But I think having Eurovision will be even better!"
Athens, Paparizou fans, who had watched the contest on a giant screen
in front of the Zappeion palace, went wild when the Greek victory was
announced. Brandishing Greek flags, they danced and embraced to the
beat of My Number One. "Many congratulations to Helena",
said Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyannis, who was on the scene. "It's
a unique moment that we deserve ... Athens is ready to welcome Eurovision