Evridiki

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Evridiki
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Background information
Born (1968-02-25) February 25, 1968 (age 46)
Limassol, Cyprus
Origin Cyprus
Genres Pop, techno, rock
Labels Virus Music
Minos EMI
Website www.evridiki.gr

Evridiki Theokleous (Greek: Ευρυδίκη Θεοκλέους, born 25 February 1968), known professionally as simply Evridiki, is a Cypriot rock, pop, and electro pop singer. She is best known in Europe for representing her home country, Cyprus, in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992, 1994 and 2007 with the songs Teriazoume, Eimai Anthropos Ki Ego and Comme Ci, Comme Ça, respectively.

Music career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Limassol, Cyprus, Evridiki Theokleous was raised in the island's capital, Nicosia. While still at school, she studied music at the National Conservatory of Cyprus. When she finished school, she went to Le Studio des Variétés in Paris, France where she studied music, theatre, and dancing. Afterwards she went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, U.S. where she supplemented her musical studies with courses of harmony and instrumentation.

In 1989, she moved to Athens, Greece, to work with several artists, sing in compilations, and in 1991, she released her first personal album Gia Proti Fora.

Collaboration with Theofanous[edit]

In 1993, Evridiki released her highly acclaimed album "Missise Me" (Hate Me), making her one of the most successful singers in Greece. Missise Me is supposed to be Evridiki's favorite album among her fans.

In 1994, while wanting to try out something new, she started working on her next album Fthinoporo Gynaikas (Woman's Autumn). Inspired by the idea of her growing older as the time passes, the album was a mixture of pop and Greek folklore music. The same year (1994) she got married to George Theofanous. The composer has always considered Evridiki as his muse, even after they got divorced in 2000. Together, they had a son, Angelos, in November 1996.

Theofanous was the main composer and producer of Evridiki's first nine albums while he collaborated with Minos-Emi A&r manager Vangelis Yannopoulos in 1998 and 1999. Albums like Dese Mou ta Matia (1998) (her first Golden album), To Koumpi (1999) and Ola Dika Sou (2000), with their pop/laiko sound, are characteristic of Evridiki's Theofanous period.

Career Turn - Collaboration with Korgialas[edit]

In 2002, Evridiki made a turn in her career. After her divorce she cooperated no more with her ex-husband and turned from pop music to rock/alternative. In her 2002 album Live Ki Allios she performed well known rock songs revealing another side of hers. In 2002, she also performed on stage as "Taptim" in the musical The King and I, produced by Mimi Denisi with very positive acceptance by public and critics.

After having a (studio) music break for almost three years, Evridiki released the album Oso Fevgo Gyrizo (2003), in which she wrote two songs. This record would be a turning point in Evridiki's career by characterizing a new era for her. Since then she has been recognized as the most successful Greek female rock singer[citation needed]. She released another critically acclaimed record Sto Idio Vagoni (2005). In both albums she collaborated to musician Dimitris Korgialas, to whom she later got engaged.

Korgialas was the composer of Comme Ci, Comme Ça (Cyprus' entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007). The same year (2007) Evridiki's album "13" (her thirteenth personal album) was released (on March 26, 2007). Later, the same year, she was awarded as the Singer of the Year in Cyprus.

In 2009 Evridiki released the album Etsi Ine I Agapi, performing together with Dimitris Korgialas. The neχt year (2010) the cd-single Etsi Apla was released.

Overall, Evridiki is one of the most popular successful and best selling singers in Greece and Cyprus. Besides George Theophanous and Dimitris Korgialas, she has worked with important personalities of the Greek music industry ; Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Giorgos Hatzinasios, Yannis Spanos, Marios Tokas, Vangelis Dimitriadis, Christos Dantis, Natalia Germanou, Eleni Peta, Antonis and Yannis Vardis, Stelios Rokkos, and Sakis Rouvas.

Participation in Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

She represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992 (Malmö, Sweden) with the song Teriazoume (finishing in eleventh place), and then in 1994 (Dublin, Ireland) with Ime Anthropos Ki Ego. The latter caused controversial reactions from critics and the audience due to the song's political allusion to The Cyprus Problem. On the other hand, it became a hot favorite to win because of its ethnic sound and her very sentimental performance. As with her first entry in the contest two years previously, Evridiki took eleventh place. Evridiki also appeared as a backing vocalist in Eurovision on three separate occasions, in 1983, 1986, and 1987.

In 2007, she was selected to represent Cyprus for a third time, in that year's contest, with the song Comme Ci, Comme Ça whose lyrics were written by Posidonas Giannopoulos and its music composed by Dimitris Korgialas. Despite being tipped as a potential winner, it failed to make it through the semi-final stage of the competition.

In 2008, she appeared at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in which she performed the theme song of the contest, Fun in the Sun with her husband Dimitris Korgialas.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums
  • 1991 - Gia Proti Fora + Gia Proti Fora (re-issue CD with 3 more tracks)
  • 1992 - Poso Ligo Me Xeris
  • 1993 - Missise Me + Missise Me (re-issue CD with 2 more tracks)
  • 1995 - Fthinoporo Gynekas
  • 1996 - I Epomeni Mera (double CD with a live recording)
  • 1997 - Pes to Mou Afto
  • 1998 - Dese Mou ta Matia
  • 1999 - To Koumbi
  • 2000 - Ola Dika Sou
  • 2002 - Live ki Allios
  • 2003 - Oso Fevgo Gyrizo
  • 2005 - Sto Idio Vagoni
  • 2007 - 13
  • 2009 - Etsi Einai I Agapi (with Dimitris Korgialas)
  • 2011 - Oneirevomai akoma mama
EPs
  • 2010 - ...Etsi Apla
Singles
PROMO Singles
Participation in the Albums
  • 1990 - To Proto Mas Party [LP]
  • 1990 - Erotika Minimata by Pashalis (Arvanitidis)
  • 1997 - En Psyhro by Giorgos Alkaios
  • 1999 - One by One
  • 2002 - O Vasilias ki Ego
  • 2003 - Tragoudi sta Pedia (Live) by Giorgos Theofanous
  • 2003 - Esis i Fili Mou ki Ego by Vassilis Papakonstantinou
  • 2003 - As' ta Dyskola se Mena by Dimitris Korgialas
  • 2005 - I Mera Fevgi by Dimitris Korgialas
  • 2006 - EuroRevisions (compilation) produced by Giorgis Christodoulou
  • 2006 - I Apli Methodos ton Trion by Imiskoumbria
  • 2008 - Ta Koutia Ine Koufa by Dimitris Korgialas

Videography[edit]

  • Τα Λόγια Που Μου Λες
  • Τα Μυστικά Άπ' Το Καλοκαίρι
  • Για Πρώτη Φορά
  • Το Μόνο Που Θυμάμαι
  • Φύγε
  • Ταιριάζουμε
  • Πυξίδα
  • Κάνε Πως Μ' Αγαπάς
  • Πόσο Λίγο Με Ξέρεις
  • Τέρμα
  • Ο Επόμενος Αιώνας
  • Μίσησέ Με
  • Ζηλιάρης Ουρανός
  • Μόνο Μια Στιγμή
  • Τώρα Ζω Για Μένα
  • Είμαι Άνθρωπος κι Εγώ
  • Φθινόπωρο Γυναίκας
  • Φοβάμαι
  • Πορτραίτο
  • Είναι Που Δεν Σ' Έχω
  • Αυτό το Φιλί
  • Να Με Κοιτάς
  • Στον Πέμπτο
  • Έλα
  • Για Ποιαν Αγάπη Μου Μιλάς
  • Ας εν Τζιαί Μιαν Φοράν
  • Πες το Μου Αυτό
  • Να του Πείτε
  • Περασμένα Μεσάνυχτα
  • Με Ξενύχτια και Με Πόνο
  • Σημάδι στο Λαιμό
  • Δέσε Μου τα Μάτια
  • Λεπίδες
  • Δεν Τελειώνουμε Ποτέ
  • Το Κουμπί
  • Αυτά Που Κρύβω Μέσα Μου
  • Το Τρίτο Συρτάρι
  • Για Μένα
  • Όλα Δικά Σου
  • Τα Διαγραμμένα
  • Ο Βασιλιάς κι Εγώ Medley
  • Fallin
  • Ζηλεύει η Νύχτα
  • Πιάσε Με
  • Σταγόνα στο Αιγαίο
  • Δεν Έχει Σίδερα η Καρδιά Σου
  • Στο Ίδιο Βαγόνι
  • Θέλω Τόσο Να Σε Δω
  • Ζωή Να Μπω
  • Αν Ήσουν Άλλος
  • Comme Ci Comme Ca
  • Κάποιον Άλλον
  • Πρέπει Να Βρω Τη Λύση
  • Η Ζωή Έχει Χρώμα
  • Άσε Με (Έτσι Είναι Η Αγάπη)
  • Θάλασσα

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Elena Patroklou
with SOS
Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
1992
Succeeded by
Kyriakos Zympoulakis & Dimos Van Beke
with Mi Stamatas
Preceded by
Kyriakos Zympoulakis & Dimos Van Beke
with Mi Stamatas
Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
1994
Succeeded by
Alex Panayi
with Sti Fotia
Preceded by
Annette Artani
with Why Angels Cry
Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
2007
Succeeded by
Evdokia Kadi
with Femme Fatale