Eleni “Elena” Paparizou is a Greek-Swedish singer, songwriter and television personality born 31 January 1982 . She was born and raised in Sweden to Greek parents and enrolled in various arts schools before launching a career in Sweden in 1999 as a member of the laïko (Greek folk music) and Eurodance duo Antique, who participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 which led to her popularity.
Paparizou signed a solo recording contract with Sony Music Greece, releasing the chart-topping debut single “Anapandites Kliseis” and album Protereotita (2004). In 2005, she won the Eurovision Song Contest in which she represented Greece with the song “My Number One”. Subsequently she released the albums Iparhi Logos (2006), The Game of Love (2006) and Vrisko To Logo Na Zo (2008) which all peaked at number one in Greece and reached platinum sales. Her fifth studio album Giro Apo T’ Oneiro (2010) was also certified platinum. Paparizou’s final release before she left Sony Music.
Paparizou endorsed the brands Nokia and Ivi and also advertised hair colour products for Koleston company in Greece. In the 2010s she tried to move into television as a judge on Dancing on Ice (2011) and as a contestant on Let’s Dance (2012) but saw little success. Paparizou lived with her fiancé and manager Toni Mavridis from 1999 until their separation in 2011.
She has been awarded three Arion Music Awards, a European Border Breakers Award, 23 MAD Video Music Awards—more than any other artist—and an MTV Europe Music Award. On 14 March 2010, Alpha TV ranked her as the 14th top-certified domestic female artist since 1960, having won seven platinum and four gold records.