|Eleftheria Eleftheriou |
|Birth name||Eleftheria Eleftheriou|
|Also known as||Elle|
|Born||12 May 1989|
|Origin||Frenaros, Famagusta, Cyprus|
|Genres||Pop (Laíko), dance|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano , Dance|
|Labels||Sony Music Greece (2010–2011) |
Universal Music Greece (2011–present)
Eleftheria "Elle" Eleftheriou (Greek: Ελευθερία Ελευθερίου, Greek pronunciation: [elefθeˈria elefθeˈriu]; born 12 May 1989) is a Greek-Cypriot singer and actress who came to prominence in Greece and Cyprus through her participation in the second season of Greece's version of the singing competition The X Factor. Her early elimination from the show was considered a shock to many. Shortly after her elimination, Sony Music Greece signed Eleftheria and submitted her as a candidate to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. She was later disqualified from the national final, following the leak of her song onto the web by an unknown party.
Eleftheria had previously participated in the Cypriot national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with the song "Play That Melody To Me" featuring Maria Zorli, finishing seventh in the final. She is currently signed to Universal Music Greece, and is scheduled to release her debut album in October 2012. Eleftheria represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, with the song "Aphrodisiac", where she placed 17th (9th on the televoting).
 Early life
Eleftheria Eleftheriou was born and raised in Cyprus. Growing up she used to draw, dance and was an athlete, while she always had a passion for singing. At the age of nine she started courses at a conservatory.
From a young age, Eleftheriou started learning piano, theory, harmony and history of music. At the age of 15 she started voice lessons and at age 16 she started participating as a soloist in RIK's national folk orchestra. That same year, she was a candidate to represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with the song "Play That Melody to Me" featuring Maria Zorli. Although she passed the first semi-final, she finished seventh in the national final. Despite not winning the national final, Eleftheriou decided to continue studying music and performance, enrolling at the University of Surrey. She started singing solo in the Cypriot music scenes at the age of 18, and performed in the musical "Rent" in Nicosia for one season.
 The X Factor
In 2008, Eleftheriou auditioned for the first season of new talent show The X Factor Greece. Although she received three out of four yeses from the judges and was granted a spot in boot-camp, she decided not to participate in the show. A year later in 2009, Eleftheriou once again tried out for the show, and received four out of four yeses. Despite being a favorite to win, Eleftheriou was voted off the show during the fifth live episode. While the judges and host were shocked with elimination, host and singer Sakis Rouvas offered her a spot to sing with him at the Club he was appearing for the winter season live on the show, which she accepted.
- Live 1 – "Den Milo Gia Mia Nihta Ego" (Original Singer: Eleftheria Arvanitaki)
- Live 2 – "Kopse Kai Mirase Sta Dio" (Original Singer: Eleonora Zouganeli)
- Live 3 – "Kathe Fora Pou Me Kitazeis (Original Singer: Alkistis Protopsalti)
- Live 4 – Opening: "Girls Just wanna have fun"; Competition: "Stin Diskotek" (Original Singer: Elpida)
- Live 5 – "No One" (Original Singer: Alicia Keys)
- Live 9 – "Methismeni Politeia" (Original Singer: Anna Vissi) (Special guest singer on Christmas live special)
 Post-The X Factor
 2010–present: Professional debut and Eurovision 2012
Shortly after her elimination, Sony Music Greece signed Eleftheria and submitted her as a candidate to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. A week before the formal presentation of the songs by Greek broadcast ERT, Eleftheriou's song "Tables are Turning" was leaked onto the web by an unknown party. As a result, the song was disqualified from the national final, while the leak also forced the broadcaster to release the rest of the national final songs prematurely the next day, in fear of further leaks.
Despite the disqualification, she released the song in Greek as "Kentro Tou Kosmou" (Center of the world) as the first single off her debut album to be released. A music video was shot and released shortly after. Both Greek and English version's of the song were released as digital downloads on 5 March 2010.
Eleftheriou started appearing with Sakis Rouvas and Tamta at S-Club on 11 December 2009. On 19 August 2010, she started appearing with Nikos Vertis at club Orama in Thessaloniki. Initially scheduled to end by the beginning of October, the shows proved to be a success and have been extended throughout October.
On 6 October 2010, Eleftheriou released her new single titled "Otan Hamilonoume To Fos" (When we dim the lights) with music by Giannis Iermias and lyrics by Faidon Samsidis. In March 2011, Eleftheria was featured on DJ duo HouseTwins' track "Never", credited under the name Elle. An accompanying music video featuring her was also released.
On 1 December 2011, Eleftheriou announced that she had left Sony Music Greece and signed with Universal Music Greece. She stated that it was her choice to leave Sony Music, as Universal Music made her a very good proposal. Eleftheriou further stated that she was currently in the process of searching for new songs to record.
On 5 March 2012, it was announced that Eleftheria was one of four acts competing to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, with the song "Aphrodisiac". On 12 March 2012, Eleftheria won the national selection and represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan. During the contest, Eleftheria was reunited with fellow The X Factor contestant Ivi Adamou who represented Cyprus. In the final she placed 17th (9th on the televoting)
Following Eurovision, in June 2012 Eleftheriou embarked on a summer tour around Greece named the "Aphrodisiac Tour". In July 2012, Eleftheriou released the English language single "Hearts Collide". A music video shot and directed by Kostantinos Rigos on 14 June 2012 at the port of Piraeus, was released on 4 July 2012. "Hearts Collide" is pop-dance song penned by Obeda and Lunggren, and sets the style and tone of Eleftheriou's debut album scheduled for an October 2012 release.
 Digital singles
- 2006 – "Play That Melody To Me" (feat. Maria Zorli)
- 2010 – "Kentro Tou Kosmou" (English version: Tables are turning)
- 2010 – "Otan Hamilonoume To Fos"
- 2011 – "Never" (feat. Housetwins)
- 2012 – "Aphrodisiac"
- 2012 – "Hearts Collide"
- 2012 – "Pumpin/Apokleistika" (feat. Lucky Man Project)
- 2012 – "Mystiko Mou" (feat. Goin' Through)
- 2012 – "Taksidi Sti Vrohi"
 Music Videos
- 2010 – "Kentro Tou Kosmou"
- 2011 – "Never" (feat. Housetwins)
- 2012 – "Aphrodisiac" (Promo Clip)
- 2012 – "Hearts Collide"
- 2013 – "Mystiko Mou" (feat. Goin' Through)
 Awards and Nominations
 MAD Video Music Awards 2012
Eleftheria Eleftheriou has been nominated for one MAD VMA.
|2012||Never (featuring HouseTwins)||VIDEO CLIP DANCE||Nominated|
 Cyprus Music Awards
Eleftheria Eleftheriou won the CYMA she was nominated for.
|2012||Herself||Best Cypriot Artist||Won|
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- Staff (29 March 2011). "Άκουσε το πρώτο single των House Twins!" (in Greek). Tralala.gr. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
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- [5 March 2012 "ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ – VIDEO CLIPS ΤΩΝ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΩΝ ΣΥΜΜΕΤΟΧΩΝ"] (in Greek) (Press release). Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. http://www.ert.gr/eurovision/index.php/nea/item/907. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
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- Staff (4 July 2012). "Ελευθερία Ελευθερίου - Hearts Collide" (in Greek). Universal Music Greece. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
|Preceded by |
(and Stereo Mike)
with "Watch My Dance"
|Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest |
|Succeeded by |
Koza Mostra feat. Agathon Iakovidis
with "Alcohol Is Free"