Nikki Ponte

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Nikki Ponte
Νίκη Πόντε
Birth name Nikki Ponte
Born (1991-08-01) 1 August 1991 (age 22)
Toronto, Canada
Origin Toronto, Canada
Genres Pop, dance, R&B, soul
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2010–present
Labels Sony Music Greece

Nikki Ponte (Greek: Νίκη Πόντε; born 1 August 1991), is a Canadian-Greek singer who rose to fame in Greece and Cyprus through her participation in the third season of Greece's version of the singing competition The X Factor, in which she placed third. While still participating in the show, she signed with Sony Music Entertainment Greece and was one of six candidates who were selected to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. Ponte competed in a national final held in March 2011 with the song "I Don't Wanna Dance", but did not manage to win. The song later entered the 2011 OGAE Second Chance Contest and came 6th out of 21 songs.

Early life[edit]

Nikki Ponte was born in Pickering, Canada to immigrant parents; her father is Portuguese and her mother is originally from Cyprus. Ponte is fluent in English and proficient in Greek. She attended St. Monica Catholic School for elementary school, and later Saint Mary Catholic Secondary School in Pickering, Ontario. She took opera lessons for ten years and attended Sheridan College's renowned Music Theatre Performance program. Moreover his uncle was the famous Greek-Cypriot actor Sotiris Moustakas.

The X Factor[edit]

In 2010, at age 19, Ponte auditioned for Greece's talent show The X Factor at auditions held in New York City. Ponte received approval from the judges and was invited to bootcamp in Athens, Greece, eventually making it through to the live shows. Throughout the competition, she was one of the favorites to win and would spend her free time in her hotel room alone practicing her songs. She ended up placing third.

Performances[edit]

Post-The X Factor[edit]

2011–2012: Professional debut[edit]

After a few months of living in Greece, she was granted Greek-Cypriot citizenship due to her Cypriot descent. While still in the competition, she caught the attention of Greece's Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) and was sequentially approached and signed by Sony Music Entertainment Greece.[1] On 11 January 2011, ERT announced that Ponte was one of six participants in a national final to select Greece's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.[2][3] She competed with the song "I Don't Wanna Dance" in the national final held on 2 March 2011, but did not manage to win. The song was released as a digital single in February 2011.[4]

In mid-2011, she was featured on Dimension-X's single "Hey You". She was also featured on the soundtrack of Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure with the song "Mesa Ston Thavmaton Ton Kosmo", performing the theme song to the film. In November 2011, Ponte released the single "Remembering The Summer Nights".[5]

One year later, after her successfully cooperation with Dimension-X, Nikki released "Love's Like Breathing" her new cooperation with the Dutch DJ and producer, DJ San.

2013 – present: New movie[edit]

On 2 March 2013, Nikki posted on her official Facebook page a photo from the new upcoming movie that she'll be starring in.[6]

Television[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2010–2011 The X- Factor Herself Contestant
3rd place
2011 National Song Selection Herself Contestant
2nd place
2011 Dancing with the Stars Herself Guest Star
2011 Mad Video Music Awards (Pre Show) Herself Guest Star
2012 Mad Video Music Awards (Pre Show) Herself Guest Star
2012 MTV Concert Herself Guest Star

Discography[edit]