Greece: Helena Paparizou releases new single ‘Askopa Xenihtia’

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Right after concluding her live performances in Athens, the 2005 Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou is making her next professional step. After many working hours, the Greek superstar is pleased to present her brand new single, entitled Askopa xenihtia.

Askopa xenihtia is the new recording work by Helena Paparizou, released by her record label Minos EMI/Universal. The song is a power ballad, which showcases once again Helena’s rich vocal capabilities.

Music and lyrics are by the composing team ARCADE (Anastasios Rammos, Pavlos Manolis, Diveno, Gabriel Russel), as well as Dimitris Xypolias, the composer of Helena’s 2017 single Etsi ki etsi.

The song’s video clip, which has a strong female identity, was shot in early March under the directing instructions of Alex Konstantinidis. For several days, Helena and her record label were teasing us with some of her song’s lyrics, as well as with the single’s cover:

Just a few hours after its release, Askopa xenihtia reached No. 1 at the iTunes chart in Greece, while its video clip has already exceeded 100,000 views on YouTube. This features three famous Greek women, the actresses Katerina Lehou and Natalia Dimou and the Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi. It begins with the following quote:

Nothing is more beautiful than a woman who is happy to be herself.

Helena Paparizou at Eurovision

Helena Paparizou has appeared on the Eurovision stage twice. Her very first participation took place back in 2001, as part of the duo Antique, which represented Greece with the song Die for you. Having been one of the favourites for the victory in Copenhagen, they finally came 3rd behind Estonia and Denmark, achieving the best Eurovision result for the Balkan country at that time.

But Helena was meant to go on and reach the top! 4 years later, she was internally selected by the Greek broadcaster ERT to represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, this time as a solo artist. Following a national final with 3 candidate entries, Helena flew to Kyiv with the song My number one, composed by Christos Dantis and Natalia Germanou.

With a total of 230 points, she brought the Eurovision trophy to Greek soil, for the first time in the country’s history. So far, this has been the only Eurovision victory for Greece.

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