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Date of Birth 31 January 1982Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
Birth NameElena Paparizou
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Helena Paparizou was born in Borås, Sweden, to Greek immigrant parents Georgios and Efrosini Paparizou and was raised in Örgryte, Gothenburg. Her father is from Volos and mother is from Karditsa. She has a sister Rita and brother Dino.

Helena's artistic talents and eagerness to excel became apparent very early, and she was soon involved in singing, dancing and acting, training in combination with her academic studies at school.

Helena, determined to succeed with and fulfill her dreams of being an entertainer, joined childhood friend and fellow Swede-Greek Nikos Panagiotidis, at the age of seventeen, to form "Antique". The duo quickly signed their first record label contract, with the Swedish record label Bonnier. Their debut single, "Opa Opa", became a huge hit, reaching number one on the single charts and gaining gold status following its release in August 1999.

The band's subsequent fame and success, strongly associated with the international promotion of Greek culture, led to them being selected as Greece's representatives for the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Copenhagen. The band reached a third place with the song, "(I would) Die for you".

Although equaled by Sakis Rouvas's effort "Shake It" in 2004, it was Greece's highest place in the competition until Helena won the contest as a solo artist in 2005. Antique's success in the Eurovision Song Contest led to them recording multiple platinum albums, playing a European tour, and collaborating with many other Greek artists.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Helena

Spouse (1)

Andreas Kapsalis (June 2015 - present)

Trivia (21)

She was born in Sweden, to Greek parents.
Won Eurovision 2005 competition with song "My Number One" representing Greece. [May 2005]
Came third place with her group Antique in the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest representing Greece with the song "Die For You".
She is best known for her partnership with her childhood friend, and fellow Greek-Swede, Nikos Panagiotidis in Antique, a band which offered a linguistic and musical taste of the pair's Greek heritage. Antique were initially most popular in Scandinavia.
Currently the official ambassador for the Greek Ministry of Tourism. [2005]
Fluent in Greek, Swedish and English.
Added an H to her name, changing it from Elena to Helena, so that it would be easier to pronounce in Europe.
Her parents are from Volos and Karditsa.
Her parents are Georgios and Efrosini Paparizou.
She has a sister Rita and brother Dino.
In 2010, Forbes listed her as the 21st most powerful and influential celebrity in Greece and the fourth highest ranked singer.
Was ranked by Alpha-TV as the 14th top-certified female artist on a list titled "30 Most Popular Greek Female Singers of the Past 50 Years".
Lives with her fiancé (now ex-fiancé) in the Athens suburb of Glyfada (since 2006).
Her father died suddenly of a heart attack on December 25, 2008.
Was a guest at the musical show Sommarkrysset [June 2005]
On the 21st of May 2005, will represent Greece for the second time at the Eurovision song contest that will take place in Kiev, Ukraine. She is currently doing a promotional tour for her hit song "My Number One". [April 2005]
Won the Eurovision Song Contest for Greece with a large winning margin [May 2005]
Won The Eurovision Song Contest with her song "My Number One", and is planning a 2005 fall USA tour. [May 2005]
Released her 2nd solo Greek CD "Iparxi Logos". [April 2006]
Helena's song "My Number One" was chosen to be among the 14 songs that will compete for the title of the best song of ESC. The competition will take place in the 22 of October 2005 in Copenhagen. [October 2005]
Is preparing to release her first solo English album called "The Game of Love" worldwide on October 25, 2006. First countries it will launched in will be all of Europe, Japan, Australia, and Canada. [October 2006]

Personal Quotes (1)

People's love gives me strength.

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