EUROVISION 2015 - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
MEET Maria Elena, representing GREECE
Sechuk.com would like to thank Maria Elena and Gina Fountoulaki at Minos EMI for this interview (Interview by Douwe Reveler)
Published on www.sechuk.com by Gary Speirs
MARIA ELENA KYRIAKOU
Elena Kyriakou will Greece at the 60th Eurovision Song
Contest with the song "One Last Breath".
you very much! I am having a very intense and exciting time! Since the
Eurosong I have been performing in a big night Hall in
am 31 years old, a proud mother of 3 boys. I have studied greek philology
and for the time being
chasing my dream which is being a singer.
was born in a village in
* Do you come from a musical family and if so can you tell us more about them?
No, not really. Although my family had always a tendency towards arts, I am the only one singing.
At what age did you start singing and do you have a musical education?
* You won The Voice of Greece in 2014. Can you describe that experience and do you think that will help you in the Eurovision?
The Voice of Greece was the ticket for my career. Not only it was an amazing experience but it's also the very reason one of my biggest dreams, being part of the Eurovision family, came true! I think the Voice experience will help me because it was a tough competition on its own.
* Despina Vandi was your coach. What has been her most valuable advice to you?
To live my dream and let my stress and fears go.
* You were one of 5 artists in the Eurosong 2015 contest. Of the other competing songs which one did you see as your strongest rival?
thought all of them were pretty strong. Shaya in theory was the strongest
rival, having an ethnic uptempo song. That kind of song had already met
* Did you expect to win?
tried not to think about our chances a lot to be honest. But let's just
say Ii was hopeful!
My label asked me and my pianist, Efthivoulos Theocharous, to compose a song for the greek national final.
* Was 'One Last Breath' written and composed with the Eurovision Song Contest specifically in mind?
Although we wrote it specifically for the Eurovision Song Contest we didn't follow any pattern. The song came rather naturally. It's a personal song for me because it somehow reflects my feelings from that period of time.
* Can you tell us in more detail about 'One Last Breath'' and what it means to you?
As I said above it's a song that describes my feelings and thus it means a lot to me. Love has always played a big role in my life and this song is a product of various experiences.
* The lyrics are very powerful and moving. Can you identify with them?
I think everyone can find a small piece of himself in those lyrics. After all, love, break up, tears, desperation and hope are among the most common human feelings.
you plan any significant changes to your stage performance in
Me and my team are fans of simplicity and we do believe in the power of the song. That means we won't be having a heavy staging but it won't be the same as in the NF either. We are still working on it. But I can say that I am all excited.
* Can you describe the changes made to the Eurovision version of 'One Last Breath' and what was the reason for these changes?
There were some minor changes, mostly with the addition of violins in the verses and the removal of the first 10 seconds. The reason was that we wanted to make it sound even more powerful.
Can you tell us something about what you will be wearing in
No I can't say much at the moment. All I can tell you is that it's gonna be a dress!
is it about your song that you feel will hopefully make the people of
simplicity and its honesty. It's something everyone can connects to and
and I would have if the competition they organized wasn't just a few
months after the end of the Voice. It was in a period of time
wanted to take a break.
I was a little girl actually. I am a very big and proud fan!
I support the free language rule. Music has progressed and songs in english are more or less part of the music scene of the majority of the countries participating so giving them the chance to perform in english is only fair. I have considered singing in greek but I thought that english would fit better in a western ballad for the competition.
favourite Greek entry. "Genesis"
favourite Cypriot entry and
favourite winning song.
will be visiting
will be my very first time in
was the best ballad of the night. Well composed and well performed.
have heard everything. Among my favourites are
CÚline Dion of course! That's another one of my dreams. Hopefully I will meet her at some point.
Do you have time for any hobbies apart from singing?
* Careerwise, if you were not a singer, what else interests you?
you have a special message for the readers of this interview?
I hope everyone
enjoys my song and votes for it. Have fun and don't forget it's just a
competition which purpose is to unite us all!