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Eurovision Song Contest - Athens 2006

Eurovision Song Contest - Athens 2006Helena Paparizou, the 2005 edition winner, is the responsable for bringing the European song fiesta to Greece. The 51st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is held in Athens, at the Olympic Indoor Hall, on 20th May 2006, under the slogan "Feel The Rhythm". The host broadcaster is ERT (Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation), which also successfully broadcasted worlwide the Olympic Games in 2004.
The hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens are Sakis Rouvas, a very popular Greek singer, and Maria Menounos, an actress and television presenter.
A cd/dvd was officially released, as well as a fan book containing information of every participating country. The sub-logo design is based on the symbol of ancient Greek Phaistos Disc.

Anna VissiERT has chosen Anna Vissi, maybe Greece's Madonna, to represent Greece in the contest with the song "Everything", music Nikos Karvelas, lyrics Anna Vissi.
Anna Vissi was born in Larnaca, Cyprus and moved to Greece at the age of 16, to follow singing career. In 1980, she represented Greece, at the 25th Eurovision Song Contes, with the song "Autostop", and took the13th place. In 1982, she represented Cyprus, at the 27th Eurovision Song Contest, with song "Mono i Agapi" ("Only Love") and ended 5th.
Anna Vissi holds the record for highest selling album in Greece and also has a very successful international career. She sold over 9 millions copies and her latest release is a double cd called "Nylon".

Greece has participated in Eurovision since 1974, having 28 appearances. Greece won the first place in 2005, with the composition "My Number One", performed by Helena Paparizou, music Hristos Dantis, lyrics Hristos Dantis and Natalia Germanou. Greece obtained two times the 3rd place, in 2001, with "Antique" (duo with Elena Paparizou) and, in 2004, with Sakis Rouvas, this year competition presenter.

The heavy metal band "Lordi", from Finland, won the Eurovision 2006 Song Contest held in Athens. Congratulations "Hard Rock Hallelujah"!

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