Xronia Polla Helena Paparizou, who turns 37 today

One of the most loved Greek singers, songwriters, and television personalities, Helena Paparizou was born on January 31, 1982.

From a young age, the Swedish born performer’s artistic talents were apparent, as she attended singing, dancing, acting, piano, ballet, and Greek dancing classes. This passion grew as the years went on, as she attended classes at the Art Performing School where she studied theatre, acting, television and directing.

Helena said that her parents had no musical background, and the only person in her family who sang was her paternal grandmother, who was her inspiration.

In 1999, Helena determined to fulfill her dreams of being an entertainer, joined her childhood friend Nikos Panagiotidis and formed the band ‘Antique’. Their debut single “Opa Opa” became a hit in Sweden and Norway, eventually entering the top ten in both countries, making ‘Antique’ the first act to reach the Swedish top five with a Greek song. Not to mention the hit song also gained gold status following its release in August 1999.

Despite Antique’s continued success with lots more singles released, Helena decided to part ways in 2003 to pursue a solo career. She signed with Sony and debuted her first single “Anapantites Klisis” in 2004. In the same year she released her debut solo album ‘Protereotita’, which earned Helena her first Arion Award for Best Female Pop Singer in 2005.

In 2005, Helena was selected to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest, a show watched by billions across the world, held in Kiev, Ukraine. Her hit “My Number One” was a crowd and fan favourite from the beginning, with her performance scoring 230 points and the maximum 12 points from ten nations. Helena made history for Greece, taking out the number one spot in the Eurovision Contest and becoming the first Greek singer to win.

Her Eurovision victory transformed Helena from a relatively minor celebrity to a notable music act on an international level.

During her solo career, Helena has changed her musical style from laiko, to pop and rock-inspired styles, with her voice being described as “deep”, “sensual”, “dramatic” and “metallic”.

In 2010, Forbes listed Paparizou as the 21st most powerful and influential celebrity in Greece.

To date, Helena has released 9 studio albums with so many hits we love to blast through the speakers like “Mambo”, “Gigolo”, “Survivor”, “Game of Love”, “An Isouna Agapi”, “Fiesta” and “Haide”, just to name a few.

Xronia Polla Helena, Happy 37th Birthday!

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