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Celebrating successful representatives of the country has become an extremely important role in Malta and this was the cast last night when several individuals from the world of sport were recognised for their talent and success abroad. With the aid of Norman Hamilton, the Malta Olympic Committee organised an event last night in which music and sports were intertwined together for the pleasure of the present audience. In fact, it is worth noting that the star studded line-up included; Claudia Faniello who most notably finished in the runner-up position at this years' Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Kurt Calleja who represented Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest, Joseph Chetcuti who is part of the group Baklava who have been in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on three occasions, Deborah C who most notably won this years' edition of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and Janvil who of course was the second runner-up of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2005. Nevertheless, the final performer of the evening was none other than the Greek/Cypriot Eleftheria Eleftheriou.

Eleftheria Eleftheriou represented Greece in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. She managed to reach the finals with the song Aphrodisiac where she achieved a mid-table placing. At this point in time, the renowned performer has worked her way up in the music industry in Greece, first starting out from her homeland of Cyprus where she also tried to represent the nation at the prestigious European event before then moving to the neighbouring country of Greece where she took part in the X Factor competition eventually signing a record deal with Sony Music Greece. Following some creative agreements, Eleftheria signed a brand new record deal with Universal Music Greece who ultimate proposed her to represented the Hellenic nation in the Eurovision Song Contest and as she states in our exclusive interview just below, she felt that it was the right time for her to do it. escflashmalta.com had the opportunity to chat with Eleftheria Eleftheriou following her performance at the Malta Olympic Committee Sports Awards and would like to thank Norman Hamilton and Olivier Vanhoutte for making this possible.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUcB0lU_C7M

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Greece has become one of the pillars of strength in the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years considering that they have managed to reach successive positions in the top ten for a total of eight years but nevertheless, there has been growing concert with regards to next years' participation because of the economic turmoil that seems to have hit the nation in a manner that several budget cuts have been put in place. One of the most intriguing methods of how things could ultimately be settled is by virtue of sponsorship and according to our colleagues at Oikotimes it seems  of that this will be the case especially following comments made by the Minister of Tourism; Olga Kefalogianni. She stated that despite the crisis, this was a positive event which would be beneficial for the tourism sector of the country as it is a way to promote a visual identity through the medium of song as was the case earlier this year with Aphrodisiac performed by Eleftheria Eleftheriou which was well performed in the final round of the competition.

There are a lot of growing rumours with regards to the possible entries that will be presented in the national selection because the sponsor, most likely a Record Label will be looking to either send someone who is ready for a big break or someone who is already well known and could ultimately create a career internationally as has been the case for the Cypriot representative; Ivi Adamou who was well supported by Sony Music Greece and succeeded in achieving fame in Scandinavia. Greece hosted the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2006 and it is to be noted that there was a lot of fanfare because the public absolutely enjoys the showcase. The official broadcaster; ERT and their specially appointed team for the event are all fighting hard in order to ensure that Greece does indeed participate in Malmo. Considering that there is the backing of a cabinet minister though, it seems that the outlook is relatively positive. In the meantime, Eleftheria Eleftheriou will this evening be performed during the Malta Olympic Committee Awards which will be aired on TVM 2 as from seven o'clock this evening. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Oikotimes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFOzbmCqkJA

Tuesday, 10 April 2012 23:36

Greece: Reviewing the song 'Aphrodisiac'

Two reviews have been noted down in the preparation of seeing, and checking out all of the entries in the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place in a region which might not even be European at times, that is Baku in Azerbaijan. Nevertheless, the third slot of the running order has been granted to none other than the country with one of the most successful records since the millennium and that is of course Greece. Low budgeting profiles have been a case in point this year and with the nation being politically tormented in recent months, it was a great show by Universal Music Greece to step in and host a national final which in the end was won by Eleftheria Eleftheriou who will be performing the track Aphrodisiac co-written between Dimitri Stassos, Mikaela Stenström and Dajana Lööf.

Eleftheria Eleftheriou was born on the 12th of May 1989, in Paralimni, Cyprus. Since childhood she had a great passion with music. Her one and only dream was to become a singer. In addition she loves also painting, dancing and playing sports. In her school years she took piano and music theory lessons.At the age of 15 she started phonetic lessons. At the age of 16, she became soloist in the national folk orchestra of RIK broadcasting corporation, in Cyprus. She participated also in various music contests. When she graduated from high school, she started her Music and Performance studies, in the University of Surrey in London. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sen99obBuuI&ob=av2e

She became popular from her participation in the talent show X-Factor 2, in 2010, where although she was not the winner, she definitely made a great impression to everyone. Right after the show, she collaborated with Sakis Rouvas, singing together in his live performances. The same year she started singing with one of the famous Greek singers, Nikos Vertis. Together, they also toured abroad, in Europe and Australia. In 2010 she released her first personal single Tables Are Turning, while in April 2011, she did the vocals in the huge hit single of Housetwins, Never. In the autumn 2011, she initiated her cooperation with Universal Music, getting ready to make a big step in her career. She is totally obsessed with Eurovision Song Contest and she keeps her body, voice and soul…ready to go on stage of the Baku Crystal Hall Arena.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

 Jan Van Dijck

  • A typical Greek Eurovision pop song “made in Sweden”! Very much in the style of “( I Would) Die For You”, “My Numer One” and “ Yassou Maria” Therefor the song doesn’t sound very original to me, but quit sure it will achieve a place in the big Final. Once more a seven (7) pointer will surely be my mark.

Knut-Oyvind Hagen

  • Greece is party country “number one” in this contest, and they keep their reputation one more time. It’s fun, a pretty chic and guys, and the chorus is of the catchy kind, that makes you want to dance. I have to say though, that this composition is totally soulless, I have heard it all before, in better versions. But keep up the party! Let's see, I would go with six (6) points for this one.

Pitchtunes

  • This song makes you want to dance. It’s has some similarities to Helena Paparizou’s song ‘My Number One’. The chorus is catchy and easy to remember. Could be a potential winner or at least one of the top candidates. We both agree that this number deserves a solid nine (9) out of the final ten (10) points.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isPtzi5cxBg

Entry Background

Performer: Eleftheria Eleftheriou

Composers: Dimitri Stassos, Mikaela Stenström and Dajana Lööf

Authors: Dimitri Stassos, Mikaela Stenström and Dajana Lööf

Song: Aphrodisiac

Language: English

Broadcasters: ERT

History of the Nation

The very first appearance of Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest actually came way back in 1974 and it was definitely not a bad result albeit the seven points that were received in the long run but three years later, they would achieve their very first top five result by virtue of the performance given by Paschalis, Marianna, Robert and Bessy to the song Mathima Solfege. This result would ultimately be their best until repeated in 1992 with the singer Kleopatra who performed Olou Tou Kosmou I Elpida. It has been noted though that the millennium has proved positive for Greece noting down that they reached third in 2001 thanks to Antique and their song Die for You before ultimately grabbing victory in 2005 thanks to their lead singer Helena Paparizou and her entry My Number One which pipped Malta to the position. Their run of results after this has seen them always reach the top ten actually.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

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