Maria Elena Kyriakou Biography

Maria Elena Kyriakou is a Greek Cypriot singer best known for winning the first season of The Voice of Greece under the mentorship of Despina Vandi. She will represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with her song "One Last Breath".
Maria Elena Kyriakou was born on 11 January 1984 in Larnaca, Cyprus and has lived there since then. She has three siblings; one brother Kyriacos Pavlou and two sisters. At the age of 13, her mother registered her at a music school. Years later, she studied philosophy at the University of Ioannina and during the first year she got a proposition from Giannis Ploutarchos which she did not accept as she preferred to concentrate on her studying. After 2 years in the University of Ioannina she decided to move back to her home country. She then continued her studies in the University of Cyprus. After her graduation she opened her own tutorial class. In 2011, her mother applied for Maria Elena to audition for Greek Idol but did not go to the auditions.

Kyriakou auditioned for The Voice of Greece at the age of twenty-nine.Appearing on the third of the eight blind auditions, she auditioned with "Because of You" originally by Kelly Clarkson—with all four coaches electing for her to join their teams; from which Kyriakou selected Despina Vandi. During the battles, she performed "Hero" against Eva Kanata–with Despina crowning her as the winner. In the second live show, she performed "I Have Nothing" and was saved by the public. In the third live show, she performed "Den Eisai Edo" and was once again saved by the public along with Stelios Mayalios. In the fourth live show, she performed "Hurt" and was saved by the public to proceed to the semi-final. In the semi-final, she performed "Bleeding Love" for her solo performance and "Listen" for her duet with Mando. Kyriakou proceeded to the final after getting 60 points from her coach and 80 points from the public. Her song "Dio Egoismoi" was available on iTunes the day after the semi-final, on 3 May 2014. In the final she performed her original song "Dio Egoismoi" and a duet with her coach with the song "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)". As she advanced to the second round along with Kosmidou and Kintatos, she performed "Because of You", the song she performed during the blind auditions. Kyriakou won the series and a record deal with Universal Music Greece.

Maria Elena Kyriakou won the Greek national final and will represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, Austria.
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