MADWALK 2018 🇬🇷 watch the full performance of #QueenF aka Eleni Foureira
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
CYPRUS – Eleni Foureira began her music career as a member of the girl group Mystique. She was discovered by Andreas Giatrakos, and the group also consisted of Alkmini Chatzigianni and Maria Makri. They released their debut single “Se alli selida” in 2007, and later achieved success with the single “Min kaneis pos de thymasai” featuring Greek hip hop group NEVMA the following year. They later broke up in 2009.
After the break up of Mystique in 2009, Foureira signed a solo contract with Universal Music Greece, the label which Mystique was signed to as well. She later appeared on the charity program Just the Two of Us, hosted by Mega Channel. She managed to win first place along with singer Panagiotis Petrakis. Foureira released her self-titled debut studio album in December 2010, which went on to become certified platinum in Greece.
Afterwards, she signed with Minos EMI. Her second album Ti poniro mou zitas was released in 2012, while her third Anemos agapis was released in 2014. From 2015 to 2016, she starred as Sofia in the musical Barbarella: the 80’s Musical in Athens, alongside other Greek pop stars such as Ivi Adamou and Katy Garbi. Following the release of Anemos agapis, she left Minos EMI and signed with Panik Records. She was a judge on season three of the Greek version of So You Think You Can Dance. Her fourth studio album Vasilissa was released in 2017.
Foureira has made several attempts to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2010, she took part in the Greek national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with Manos Pyrovolakis, performing the song “Kivotos tou Noe”. They placed second behind Giorgos Alkaios. In 2013, she performed “Wild Dances” with Ruslana at Eurosong 2013 – a MAD show. She later considered taking part in Eurosong 2015 – NERIT & MAD show, but ultimately did not. She once again attempted to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song “Come Tiki Tam”, but was rejected by Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT). She was rejected by the broadcaster for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 again.
In February 2018, it was confirmed that Foureira would represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song “Fuego”. The song was composed by Greek-Swedish songwriter Alex Papaconstantinou.