Andreas Mikroutsikos

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Andreas Mikroutsikos (Greek: Ανδρέας Μικρούτσικος; born 1952) is a composer, lyricist, singer and TV presenter. He is the brother of Thanos Mikroutsikos[1] and is considered to be Greece's "reality king".[citation needed] His top hits were Hameno Nisi (Lost Island), To Koutsouraki (Little Log), Kiklopaki (Little Cyclops) and Oso Girizei i Gi (As Long As The Earth Turns Around). In 1991 Greece participated in the Eurovision Song Contest with his song Anixi sung by Sophia Vossou (Greek: Σοφία Βόσσου), finishing in 13th place. An album with the same title was released the same year, which is considered to be his best.[citation needed]

During the 1990s, Mikroutsikos presented the famous TV game show To Megalo Pazari (The Great Bazaar - Greek version of Let's Make a Deal). By moving from Mega Channel to ANT1 he was the first to introduce reality shows to the Greek public.[citation needed] His shows have been criticised by many, despite good TV ratings. Mikroutsikos presented the first and second series of the famous reality show Big Brother on the ANT1 channel. He also presented ANT1's music academy Fame Story.

Mikroutsikos moved to Alpha TV where he presented the reality show Apo Kardias (By My Heart). The show was banned by the Greek authorities after an episode in which a woman accused her husband of forcing her to agree to bestiality, specifically sexual acts with their dog.[citation needed] Mikroutsikos defended himself by saying that all the things presented through his popular show were pieces of the puzzle of our life and by closing our eyes we just ignore the problem. Mikroutsikos was nicknamed "realitaras" (reality trump) and "merchant of human dignity".[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Papaleonardos, Chris (January 8, 2009). "Mourning Maria Dimitriadi". Counterpunch. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 

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