Ivi Adamou at Stockholm Pride 2012
|Native name||Ήβη Αδάμου|
|Born||24 November 1993|
|Origin||Ayia Napa, Cyprus|
|Labels||Sony Music Greece|
Ivi Adamou (Greek: Ήβη Αδάμου, pronounced [ˈivi aˈðamu]; born 24 November 1993) is a Greek Cypriot singer who rose to recognition in Greece and Cyprus following her participation in the second season of the Greek version of The X Factor, where she was under the mentorship of Giorgos Theofanous. Adamou secured a recording contract with Sony Music Greece and released her debut extended play Kalokairi Stin Kardia, which was certified gold. In the same year she collaborated with the Spiros Lambrou Choir and released the holiday EP Christougenna Me Tin Ivi Adamou, released as Christmas with Ivi Adamou abroad. Ivi Adamou represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song La La Love. She placed 16th in the grand final. Her new album, Eho Ourano (I Have Sky), that was released in summer of 2013, will include her latest singles "Time to Love" and "Ponane Oi Agapes".
Since 2010, Ivi had several nominations in both the MAD Video Music Awards and the Madame Figaro Awards. However she has currently won four awards. She was awarded as the best Cypriot woman singer in 2010 and 2012. She was also awarded as the best singer in Cyprus in 2012 which was the first time that the award was given. In 2011, she received the award for the best video clip urban for her work with Stavento in "San Erthi I Mera".
- 1 Biography and career
- 2 Artistry
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Discography
- 5 Television
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 Tours
- 8 Notes and references
- 9 External links
Biography and career
Ivi Adamou was born on 24 November 1993 in Ayia Napa, Famagusta, to a Greek Cypriot father and a Bulgarian mother. She has two sisters, one older and one younger. Music theory, vocal lessons, and piano allowed her to acquire the suitable skills to win prizes in several local song competitions; at the age of 9, her participation in a competition in Larnaka won her a first place finish with the song "Kaka Paidia" by Anna Vissi. After her participation in the second series of the Greek version of the X Factor she signed a contract with Sony Music Greece and since then she lives in Greece, where she is currently studying at the Panteion University. Even though she had started a musical career she decided to study sociology.
2009–10: The X Factor
In 2009–2010, she took part in the second series of the Greek version of The X Factor, ending in sixth place. She lists Beyoncé as her biggest influence, as well as Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston. Almost all the songs she performed were in the English language with only one of them being in the Greek language.
Adamou sang "Just Dance" on the first live show and she received positive reviews by the judges. In the second and third live show, she sang P!nk's "Just Like A Pill" and Kelly's "Because of You" respectively and she once again received positive reviews with the latter one being honored as one of the best performances until then. However, with her performance of "Papa Don't Preach" in the fourth live show she received negative reviews, with Nikos Mouratidis stating that the song didn't suit to her voice. After her unsuccessful performance of the fourth live, she tried to give her best at the next live shows. She performed "When I Grow Up", "Hurt" and "Halo" at the next three live shows, which once again were positively reviewed by the judges. On the eighth live she performed her first Greek song, "Hristougenna" along with "All I Want For Christmas Is You".
On the ninth live show Adamou performed "Celebration", which was the second song of Madonna that she performed. She also had a duet with her team mate, Nini and they performed Anna Vissi's "Dodeka". On the tenth live show she performed "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and even though she received mostly positive reviews, Mouratidis had negative opinion on the performance as well on her previous performance. On the eleventh live show, she performed another song from the Pussycat Dolls, "Hush Hush". For first time, Adamou was in bottom two with Hovig but she was saved by the judges. In the final showdown, she chose to perform "I Have Nothing", the song she sang in the bootcamp. On the twelfth live show, she performed for second time, a song from Christina Aguilera.
Even though she was one of the favorites to win, she was eliminated during the twelfth week, where she came at bottom two against her team mate Nini Shermandini. She was voted to stay in by George Levendis and Nikos Mouratidis and Nini was voted by Katerina Gagaki and George Theofanous. Even though it was tied, Theofanous' vote counted twice and therefore Adamou was eliminated. After her elimination, a "fight" started between Sony and Theofanous while the record label wanted Adamou to return because of the fake results, as the media stated.
|The X Factor season 2 performances and results|
|Show||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order||Result|
|Bootcamp||"Just Walk Away"||Céline Dion|
|"I Have Nothing"||Whitney Houston|
|"Oti Oneirevomoun"||Despina Vandi|
|"To Fos Sti Psyhi"||Elena Paparizou|
|Live show 1||Mentor's choice||"Just Dance"||Lady Gaga||4||Safe|
|Live show 2||"Just Like a Pill"||Pink||9|
|Live show 3||"Because of You"||Kelly Clarkson||7|
|Live show 4||1980s music||"Papa Don't Preach"||Madonna||8|
|Live show 5||Mentor's choice||"When I Grow Up"||Pussycat Dolls||7|
|Live show 6||"Hurt"||Christina Aguilera||5|
|Live show 7||"Halo"||Beyoncé||3|
|Live show 8||"All I Want for Christmas Is You" / "Christouyenna"||Mariah Carey / Despina Vandi||2|
|Duet with Stavento||"Mesa Sou" (with Stavento)||Stavento||—|
|Live show 9||Mentor's choice||"Celebration"||Madonna||1|
|Duet with contestant||"Dodeka" (with Nini)||Anna Vissi||—|
|Live show 10||Mentor's choice||"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"||Arrows / Joan Jett / Britney Spears||1|
|Live show 11||"Hush Hush"||Pussycat Dolls||2||Bottom two|
|Contestant's choice||"I Have Nothing"||Mariah Carey||2|
|Live show 12||Mentor's choice||"The Voice Within"||Christina Aguilera||3||Eliminated|
|Duet with contestant||"S Agapo" (with 48 Ores)||Antonis Remos and Alkistis Protopsalti||—|
|Contestant's choice||"The Power of Love"||Jennifer Rush||2|
2010–11: Post-The X Factor, Kalokairi Stin Kardia
While Adamou was not a finalist in The X Factor with her sixth place finish, she did manage to obtain a record deal with Sony Music Greece, an affiliate of the show. Her dramatic and tension filled elimination was the source of a publicized dispute- both on air during The X Factor and in the press- between representatives of Sony Music Greece and Theofanous. Adamou's debut extended play, Kalokairi Stin Kardia, was released in June 2010 and generated the singles "A*G*A*P*I" (Love), "Sose Me" (Save me), and "To Mistiko Mou Na Vris" (Find my secret). It was certified gold for shipments of six thousand units. She received her gold album after her performance in the 2nd live of the Greek X-Factor where Sakis Rouvas gave her the gold album. She was featured on hip hop group Stavento's hit summer single "San Erthei I Mera", remaining in the top five of the Greek Airplay Chart for 20 weeks, and selling 60 thousand legal downloads. She toured Greece along with Stavento over the summer 2010. Also that year she collaborated with the Spiros Lambrou Choir and released the holiday EP Christougenna Me Tin Ivi Adamou, released as Christmas with Ivi Adamou abroad.
2011–12: San Ena Oniro and Eurovision Song Contest
Ivi released San Ena Oniro, her first studio album, in 2012. The album had 10 songs, including "La La Love" in the Euro Edition. She was chosen internally by Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. In a special TV programme in January 2012 to select the song to represent Cyprus called A Song For Ivi, Ivi performed three songs: "Call The Police", "You Don't Belong Here", and "La La Love"; "La La Love" was the winner. During the contest, Ivi was reunited with fellow The X Factor contestant Eleftheria Eleftheriou who represented Greece. At the running order draw, Cyprus was drawn to perform 12th in the first semi-final on 22 May 2012 and then successfully reached the final where it was drawn to perform 8th and ultimately finished in 16th place. La La Love entered the single charts in many European countries, including Spain, UK, Germany & Sweden.
2012–present: Post-Eurovision and Eho Ourano
After Eurovision, Ivi had a summer tour with concerts in Greece, Cyprus, Sweden and Spain. In Spain, she recorded "Time to Love" with Marsal Ventura, a Spanish DJ. When she returned to Greece she recorded another song called "Ase Me" with Kleopatra from Stavento. On January 14, 2013, on an appearance on Mega Channel's program Proino Mou, she announced that she would be releasing a new album in February 2013, but the album was not released during that time. Ivi also announced through her Facebook page that her new song with Marsal Ventura, "Time to Love", would be released in early February. Stavento posted a backstage photo from the shooting of their new song with Ivi named "Na Sou Tragoudo" which was released on 4 March 2013 and was available for digital download on 11 March 2013.
Adamou renewed her cooperation with Sony Music Greece on 5 April 2013. Adamou revealed during her interview at MTV that her new album will have the title Eho Ourano (I Have Sky). Her latest single, released on 31 May 2013, was titled "Ponane Oi Agapes" (Loves Hurt). For a fourth consecutive year, Adamou performed at the MAD Video Music Awards with Anise K and Shaya the song "Walking on Air".
Adamou has named Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston as her idols and her biggest influences. She admires Whitney Houston who has been her favorite singer since her childhood and Beyoncé whom admires for her work and talent. She has also said [about Beyoncé] that she would love to work with her.
Since a child I've listened to Whitney Houston and I admire Beyoncé for her industriousness. Every time she [Beyoncé] has an appearance, she tends to have the best result which shows how much she has worked to reach the perfect.—Ivi Adamou, 
Adamou has also cited Elena Paparizou and Sakis Rouvas as her influences with the latter one coming close to him during the X Factor where Sakis was the host. She has said [about Sakis] that she wasn't a big fan of him before the show, but she admired him when she met him and got to know more about him and his personality.
Adamou is the second child in her family. She has two other sisters one older, Despina and one younger, Cleopatra. She is currently studying sociology at Panteion University, in Athens. She declares that she is currently not in any relationship, even though the media declared that she was in relationship with Michalis from Stavento. Later, in one interview, she declined the rumors. She also said that she was never in love, since she went to Athens to study.
During and after Eurovision, the media reported that Adamou and Eleftheria Eleftheriou were not in a good situation. Both singers stated that everything was okay between them. However, during their performance in the 2013 Greek national final, Eleftheria was to give her hand to Adamou, while Adamou was waving at the audience. Later, Eleftheria said that Adamou didn't do this intentionally. She also said that they are in a good situation.
Adamou has met Beyoncé during her participation at the Greek X Factor, where she won a ticket for her concert in Athens. She has also met Jennifer Lopez at her concert in Stockholm. Adamou was in Stockholm due to her concert tour.
Adamou has participated in several charities. In 2010, she was part of the Cypriot campaign "Everything I Can" for the prevention of cervical cancer. The same year, she took part in the Greek campaign against breast cancer along with other Greeks including Katia Dandoulaki, Zeta Makripoulia and Dimitra Galani. In 2011, Adamou was appointed as the Young Ambassador for the rights of the children by the HFC-UNCRC Policy Center. In 2013, she performed at the solidarity concert in Famagusta in order to collect food.
|2009||The X Factor (Greece)||Herself||Contestant
|2010||Dancing with the Stars (season 1)||Herself||Guest star|
|MAD Video Music Awards||Herself||Performer|
|Madame Figaro Awards||Herself||Performer|
|2011||Dancing with the Stars (season 2)||Herself||Guest Star|
|MAD Video Music Awards||Herself||Performer|
|2012||Eurovision Song Contest||Herself||Contestant
|MAD Video Music Awards||Herself||Performer|
|Madame Figaro Awards||Herself||Performer|
|2013||Eurosong 2013 – a MAD show||Herself||Performer|
|MAD Video Music Awards||Herself||Performer|
Awards and nominations
Adamou had several nominations at the MAD Video Music Awards since 2011. She won two awards, for the best video clip urban and the best Cypriot artist. She was also nominated three years in a row at the Madame Figaro Awards for the best Cypriot woman singer and won two of them, in 2010 and 2012. In 2013, "Time to Love" won an web award for the best song of the year.
|2010||Madame Figaro Awards||Best Woman Artist||Herself||Won|||
|2011||MAD Video Music Awards||Best Newcomer Artist||Herself||Nominated|||
|Best Female Artist||Herself|
|Best Duet/Collaboration||"San Erthi I Mera" (with Stavento)||Won|||
|Best Video Clip Hip Hop/Urban||"San Erthi I Mera" (with Stavento)||Nominated|||
|Best Video Clip of the Year||"San Erthi I Mera" (with Stavento)|
|Madame Figaro Awards||Best Woman Artist||Herself|||
|2012||MAD Video Music Awards||Best Female Artist||Herself|||
|MAD Cyprus Artist Of The Year||Herself||Won|
|Best Duet/Collaboration||"Krata Ta Matia Sou Kleista" (with Melisses)||Nominated|
|Madame Figaro Awards||Best Woman Artist||Herself||Won|||
|Lalore02 Awards||Best Song of the Year||La La Love||Nominated|||
|2013||MAD Video Music Awards||Best Duet/Collaboration||"Madness" (with tU)|||
|Top50 Track Of The Year by Mediainspector||"Den Iparheis" (with Onirama)|
|"La La Love"|
|Lalore02 Awards||Best Song of the Year||"Time to Love" (with Marsal Ventura)||Won|||
|Eurodanceweb Award||Best Dance Song||"Time to Love" (with Marsal Ventura)||Pending|||
- Stavento & Ivi Adamou: Live Tour (2010)
- Melisses & Ivi Adamou: Live Tour (2011)
- Eurovision Promo Tour (2012)
- La La Love Tour (2012)
- Summer Tour (2013)
Notes and references
- A^ Each ceremony was held one year later (e.g. 2012 Madame Figaro Awards were held in June 2013)
- Roxburgh, Gordon (January 25, 2012). "It's La La Love for Cyprus". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
- "Ήβη Αδάμου: Ερμηνεύτρια της χρονιάς στα βραβεία "Γυναίκες της χρονιάς"" [Ivi Adamou: Singer of the year at the "Women of the year"]. gossip-tv.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 23 February 2011.
- Krasanou, Vasia. "Η Ήβη Αδάμου νικήτρια των Madame Figaro Awards!" [Ivi Adamou winner of the Madame Figaro Awards]. tralala.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- "MAD Video Music Awards 2012: Καλλιτέχνης της χρονιάς στην Κύπρο η Ήβη Αδάμου" [MAD Video Music Awards 2012: Ivi Adamou is the singer of the year in Cyprus]. madtv.com.cy (in Greek). Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- "Οι νικητές των Mad Video Music Awards 2011 by Vodafone CU!" [Winners of the Mad Video Music Awards 2011 by Vodafone CU!]. MAD TV (in Greek). Retrieved 15 June 2011.
- "Δημοφιλής νεαρή τραγουδίστρια παραδέχεται ότι κατάγεται από τη Βουλγαρία" [Young popular singer confesses that she has Bulgarian origins]. zappit.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Ήβη Αδάμου: "Η μητέρα μου είναι από τη Βουλγαρία"" [Ivi Adamou: "My mother is from Bulgaria"]. tralala.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- Litsa, Tereza. "Πέρασε στο Πάντειο η Ηβη Αδάμου". Neolaia (in Greek). Retrieved 30 August 2011.
- "Φοιτήτρια στο Πάντειο η Ήβη Αδάμου" [Ivi Adamou is now a student at the Panteio University]. Cosmo (in Greek). Retrieved 30 August 2011.
- "Η αποχώρηση της Ήβης από το x-factor" [The elimination of Ivi from the X Factor]. music.net.cy (in Greek). Retrieved 23 January 2010.
- "Συνέχεια στην κόντρα Θεοφάνους - Sony για το X Factor" [Sequel to the "fight" of Theofanous - Sony for the X Factor]. madata.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 28 February 2010.
- "Να επιστρέψει η Ήβη στο X Factor;" [Ivi Adamou to return to the X Factor?]. MAD TV (in Greek). Retrieved 29 January 2010.
- ""Στημένη" η αποχώρηση της Ήβης Αδάμου από το X Factor" [Adamou's elimination from the X Factor was rigged]. hotshowbiznews (in Greek). Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- "X Factor Greece 2009 - Live 12 (The Judges' vote) Part 1". Youtube.com.
- "X Factor Greece 2009 - Live 12 (The Judges' vote) Part 2". Youtube.com.
- "Χρυσή η Ήβη Αδάμου!" [Ivi Adamou is gold!]. Mad.tv (in Greek). 9 November 2011.
- The X Factor. Season 3. Episode 2. ANT1. Airdate: 5 November 2010
- "Results of the 2012 Running Order Draw". eurovision.tv. 20 March 2012.
- "Grand Final: Running Order". eurovision.tv. 25 May 2012.
- "Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Grand Final". eurovision.tv. 26 May 2012.
- "Η Ήβη Αδάμου φωτογραφίζεται για το καινούριο της άλμπουμ!" [Ivi Adamou is shooting for her new album]. tralala.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- ""Time To Love" with the Catalan DJ Marsal Ventura". Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- "STAVENTO & IVI ADAMOU - Να Σου Τραγουδώ". Facebook. Stavento. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
- "Na Sou Tragoudo (feat. Ivi Adamou)". iTunes. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- "ΗΒΗ ΑΔΑΜΟΥ". Sony Music Entertainment. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
- "ΑΚΟΥΣΤΕ εδώ το νέο τραγούδι της Ήβης Αδάμου! "Πονάνε οι αγάπες"!". Sfygmos Radio. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "Νέο τραγούδι / Ήβη Αδάμου – "Πονάνε οι αγάπες"". Hit Channel. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "Ivi Adamou - Biography - IMDb". IMDb.
- "Ηβη Αδάμου: Συνέντευξη στο music.net.cy" [Ivi Adamou: Interview at music.net.cy]. music.net.cy. Retrieved 15 March 2013. "Μου αρέσει πάρα πολύ η Beyonce. Την θαυμάζω και θα ήθελα πολύ να κάνω κάποια συνεργασία μαζί της!"
- "Συνέντευξη: Ήβη Αδάμου" [Interview: Ivi Adamou]. tralala.gr.
- "Ήβη Αδάμου: Ο Σάκης και η Eurovision!" [Ivi Adamou: Sakis and Eurovision!]. NtomataTV. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
- "Ήβη Αδάμου, Μιχάλης Κουινέλης είναι ζευγάρι!" [Ivi Adamou, Michalis Kouinelis are couple!]. dolce.com.cy (in Greek). Retrieved 11 May 2012.
- "Ήβη Αδάμου: Έχει σχέση με τον Μιχάλη από τους Stavento;" [Ivi Adamou: Is she in a relationship with Michalis from Stavento?]. gossip-tv.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "Ήβη Αδάμου: "Δεν είχα ποτέ σχέση με τον Μιχάλη από τους Stavento"" [Ivi Adamou: "I never had a relationship with Michalis from Stavento"]. Athens Bars (in Greek). Retrieved 11 April 2013.
- "Ήβη Αδάμου: "Δεν πρόλαβα να σκεφτώ τι ήθελα να γίνω στη ζωή μου…"" [Ivi Adamou: "I didn't have the time to think for my future]. tralala.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 10 April 2013. "Δεν είμαι ερωτευμένη αυτό τον καιρό [...] Στα χρόνια που είμαι Ελλάδα δεν έχω ερωτευτεί ποτέ. (I'm not in love these days [...] During the years I'm in Greece, I was never in love)"
- "Ελευθερία Ελευθερίου-Ήβη Αδάμου: Φίλες ή αντίπαλες;" [Eleftheria Eleftheriou-Ivi Adamou: Friends or rivals?]. gossip-tv.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 31 March 2013.
- "Ελευθερία Ελευθερίου: Aκόμα περιμένει την Ήβη να της δώσει το χέρι της" [Eleftheria Eleftheriou: Still awaiting for Ivi to give her hand]. fimes.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 20 February 2013.
- "Ελευθερία Ελευθερίου για Ήβη Αδάμου: "Το κοριτσάκι δεν είδε, δεν ήταν κάτι που το έκανε σκόπιμα!"" [Eleftheria Eleftheriou for Ivi Adamou: "She didn't see it, she didn't do this intentionally!"]. tralala.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 9 March 2013.
- "Η Ήβη Αδάμου συναντά την… Jennifer Lopez!" [Ivi Adamou meets... Jennifer Lopez!]. tralala.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 6 November 2012.
- "H Ήβη Αδάμου ενισχύει την εκστρατεία "Everything I Can"" [Ivi Adamou reinforces the campaign "Everything I Can"]. sigmalive.com (in Greek). Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- "Η συμμετοχή της Ήβης Αδάμου στην εκστρατεία κατά του καρκίνου του μαστού" [Adamou's participation at the campaign against breast cancer]. tralala.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 30 September 2010.
- "Young Ambassador". uncrcpc.org.
- "Ivi Adamou live at Solidarity Concert for CYPRUS (Famagusta)". Retrieved 26 April 2013.
- "Live at Solidarity Concert for CYPRUS". Ivi Adamou. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
- "Votaciones Premios Lalore02 Awards 2013" [Lalore02 Awards 2013 Voting] (in Spanish). 16 September 2013.
- "Mad VMA 2011 by Vodafone CU - Οι υποψηφιότητες!" [MAD VMA 2011 by Vodafone CU - The nominations] (in Greek). 16 May 2011.
- "Οι νικήτριες των 7ων Madame Figaro Awards" [Winners of the 7th Madame Figaro Awards]. Sigma Live (in Greek). 21 March 2012.
- "THE WINNERS - Mad Video Music Awards 2012". MAD TV (in Greek).
- "Nominados 2012" [Nominations 2012] (in Spanish).
- "MAD Video Music Awards 2013 - The Winners". MAD TV (in Greek).
- "Eurodanceweb Award 2013". Eurodanceweb.
- "Ηβη Αδαμου Summer Tour 2012". Ivi Adamou blog. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
- "Πάνος Κιάμος, Κώστας Μαρτάκης & Ήβη Αδάμου στο Posidonio!" [Panos Kiamos, Kostas Martakis & Ivi Adamou at Posidonio!]. iShow.gr (in Greek).
- "Η Ήβη Αδάμου απο 19/8 με τους Κιάμο- Μαρτάκη στο Posidonio" [Ivi Adamou with Kiamos and Martakis at Posidonio since 19/8]. Tuned.gr (in Greek).
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