Interview on ERT
Helena: 'The fans have been
Quoting from ESCTODAY.
With Congratulations on
television this Saturday, the Greek national broadcaster ERT
celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest with a
special program. This 90 minute long tribute showed videos of the
competing songs as well as all the Greek entries to date. It was
presented by Elisavet Filippouli who, along with current winner Helena
Paparizou, walked in the streets of Athens chatting about the
Eurovision Song Contest and the effect it had on Helena’s career.
watching Kaiti Garbi (Greece ’93) and her fabulous presence on stage
thinking that I would really like to take part in the event someday",
said Helena. The opportunity to make her dream come true came eight
years later when the young singer represented Greece as one half of
duo Antique with the song Die for you; "Both Die for you and My number
one did very well (in terms of sales). What is really remarkable about
Die for you is that, even though it only achieved third place, it had
a brilliant career! I was more nervous this year (when I was asked to
represent Greece for a second time). That was due to the fact that in
2001 we were one of the ten entries in the Greek national final,
whereas this year I accepted the offer by ERT without having a song at
the time. The idea that I might score lower than the third place I had
achieved in my previous effort never really bothered me. Each year the
contest is unique, the style and the level of the songs is different
and I don’t think we should compare entries from separate years based
on their final placing alone".
she feels like a star, Helena shared her views on the impact that a
victory in the Eurovision Song Contest may have on an artist’s career:
"No one can become a star overnight. (One can become) popular or even
well known (in some countries), but not a real star in that sense.
That would take years of effort. I think that each human being is a
star on their own right anyway. I believe that winning the Eurovision
Song Contest cannot guarantee an international career. The winning
song itself may have a successful career, not necessarily the artist".
Just days before
she competes with Eurovision Song Contest legends in Copenhagen,
Helena said that she remains the same girl she’s always been: "I only
give myself credit for the fact I managed to pull through all the hard
preparation. Last time round, I had a very supportive team around me
and lots of positive energy coming from the Greek press and especially
the people. The fans have been brilliant!"