According to different Greek sources, including Star Channel and broadcaster ERT, Helena Paparizou will participate at Melodifestivalen 2005 and thus prefer the Swedish over the Greek selections for the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest.
In 2001 she represented Greece with the band Antique and ended third at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen with the song Die for you. After a couple of very successful years, especially in Greece and Sweden, the band Antique split up last year.
Helena Paparizou went on solo and signed a record deal with Sony Music. Recently she scored a number 1 hit in Greece with the song Anapantites Kliseis.
Helena Paparizou, who has a Greek mother and father but who was born and raised in Sweden, is now said to participate at Melodifestivalen 2005, according to the Greek media.
Star Channel also confirmed recent gossips about Sakis Rouvas. ERT would continue with their plans to send him to the Eurovision Song Contest again next year. In July, negotiations between Rouvas and ERT are planned to take place and a deal might be signed soon.