|Birth name||Maria Kalomira Carol Sarantis|
|Also known as||Kalomira|
January 31, 1985 |
West Hempstead, U.S.
|Genres||Pop, dance, laïko|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, model, hostess, television personality|
|Labels||Heaven Music (2004-2013, 2016-present)
Hot Kiss Records LLC (2011-2014)
Panik Records (2015)
Kalomira Sarantis (Greek: Καλομοίρα Σαράντη; born Maria Kalomira Carol Sarantis, January 31, 1985), is a Greek pop and dance musician who is noted for winning in the Greek talent show Fame Story. She has released four studio albums, represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, and hosted various television shows.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Discography
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
Kalomira, was born Maria Kalomira Carol Sarantis on January 31, 1985 in West Hempstead, New York, United States. Known as Carol in America, her parents are Greek restaurant owners Nikos and Eleni Sarantis. Since childhood, she had the ambition to become a pop star. She played the viola, which she studied for nine years and played in the school orchestra. She was also Miss West Hempstead (Homecoming Queen) at her high school in 2003. In 2008, she entered and won second place at a music contest organized by WBLI Radio. Following her appearance, she opened up several live shows with famous American artists, such as Jessica Simpson, LL Cool J, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Michelle Branch, and Nick Lachey.
Kalomira entered the New York City auditions for Antenna's reality singing competition Fame Story 2, which was a licensed variant of the Star Academy franchise. She was one of two selected from over 200 auditions in New York. Despite speaking primarily English, and not speaking Greek fluently, Kalomira went to Greece after having completed one semester of college at Adelphi University where she was a music major with a scholarship. Kalomira placed first and her professional singing career began. Kalomira won the contest, earned 200,000 Euros and a recording contract with Heaven Music
2004–2006: The first albums and television
Kalomira performed in Thessaloniki’s FOCUS from July 8 to August 14. While entertaining audiences by night, she was recording her first album by day. Outside of Greece, Kalomira has appeared on NBC’s "Today Show" and "Access Hollywood" during the events of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, UPN's Greek Parade where she sang live and was interviewed, Fox News, was in the "Washington Post", "Newsday" and "New York Times" and most currently featured on Oprah for her Eurovision Performance, along with a number of other shows and websites. On September 1, 2004, Kalomira released her 15-track first album Kalomira, which went gold. She then toured Greece accompanied by the rest of the "Fame Story" participants with appearances in Athens’s "Thalassa". In the same year, she closed her season at the REX studio with Despina Vandi and Thanos Petrelis. Kalomira received good reviews from critics and was awarded "Woman of the Year – Best Newcomer" by Life and Style magazine. Also in 2004, she had a minor credited role in the Greek TV drama series I Lampsi, playing the part of Jennifer, where veteran director Nikos Foskolos compared her to Aliki Vougiouklaki. Also, Kalomira performed twice in Herodium theatre like a surprise cake for Dionysis Savvopoulos's birthday and she sang Marilyn Monroe's song, "Happy Birthday Mr. President".
In 2005, Kalomira released her second album titled Paizeis? (You Playing?) with 12 songs, of which two were written and composed by her. She also agreed to appear with Elli Kokkinou, Andreas Stamos and Constantinos Christoforou at the Piraeus 130 music club. In her program, she included covers of songs such as "Scandalous," "Don't Cha" and "Don't Phunk with My Heart," in addition to songs from her first and second albums. On April 11, 2005 she was a special guest on the first live concert of the first season of Star Academy Bulgaria.
In the fall of 2006, Kalomira became the female co-hostess on the hit Sunday night show Pio Poli Tin Kiriaki alongside Grigoris Arnaoutoglou on Mega Channel. In December, she released her third CD I Kalomira Paei Cinema (Kalomira Goes to the Cinema).
2007–2009: Eurovision Song Contest and new album
At the end of 2007, Heaven Music chose Kalomira to be their contestant in the 2008 National Final to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. Kalomira picked an R&B style upbeat song with a Greek feel composed by Konstantinos Pantzis with lyrics by Poseidonas Giannopoulos titled "Secret Combination". The song has an "American production" feel to it. On February 27, 2008, Kalomira won the National Final with "Secret Combination" and represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. To promote the song, Kalomira had a pre-Eurovision tour and visited several Eurovision countries throughout March and April.
In the first semifinal, held on May 20, 2008, Kalomira fared well, coming in first place while at the Eurovision final, on May 24, she came in third behind Russia and Ukraine, with 218 points. In an interview with Eleni Menegaki, she said that above all she wanted the Greek people to be proud of the performance.
Kalomira announced on her online diary that she recorded her new album during September and October 2007 in Greece. The album, named Secret Combination the Album, was released on May 29, 2008 and contained songs in both Greek and English, including her Eurovision entry "Secret Combination". There is also a bonus rap remix of "Secret Combination" by Master Tempo. The writers are Konstantinos Pantzis, Tasos Vougiatzis and Sunny X. Kalomira did not participate in the promotion of the album, due to a dispute with Heaven Music. She focused on presenting TV shows, including the Greek version of the game show Big in Japan which took place in Japan and featured 12 contestants.
2010–2014: Digital Singles & Tours
In January 2010, it was announced that Kalomira would be featured in a series of advertisements as the main spokesperson promoting Dominos Pizza in Greece. In March 2010, Kalomira renewed her contract with Heaven Music. Her next single was called "Please Don't Break My Heart", which featured American rapper, Fatman Scoop. The video was filmed in Turkey and the song premiered on Rythmos 94.9.
In June 2011, Kalomira released her most recent and last pop song of Heaven Music, called "This Is The Time'" while a music video premiered in July. On 31 December, Kalomira did a concert for a charite causes, "Bring in 2012 with Kalomira!", for Greek Orthodox people in Washington DC. On 22 February 2012 her new single was released, only for husband's music company "Hot Kiss Records LLC", and is called "Other Side Tonight". The song was written by GMoney and Jeremy Beaber. On 2 March, Kalomira was presented with Australia's comedian actor Angelo Tsarouchas, a beauty pageant Greek Beauty Pageant - Kalistia 2012 in Canada.
On 17 October 2013, Kalomira came back after her break, as she had given birth to two boys. In March 2014, Kalomira came back to Greece after 2 and a half years since her last appearance. She gave many interviews on television and magazines, and she sang as a guest star with Claydee Lupa the new version of "Secret Combination", in the national final of Greece's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.
She started to do a concert tour in USA. The first stop was on 3 June 2014 in a football game for Greece and Nigeria in Philadelphia, where she sang the Greek national anthem and many songs. On 6 June performed for the first time in Baltimore in the concert "St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival 2014 featuring: Kalomira!". On 23 July she performed in New York City in the concert "The Loukoumi make a difference foundation". She performed with Anna Vissi, Gloria Gaynor, Constantine Maroulis and Olympia Doukakis.
In a recent interview, Kalomira said that she started her music career when she was eighteen and half years old. She has expressed herself through her music over a span of more than 10 years. Her music describes what she has gone through in her life.
2015–present: New Music, Comeback in Greece and Rising Star
In the summer of 2015 Kalomira made a hot appearance on MAD VMA 2015 performing a new summer song titled "This Is Summer" released by Panik Records. In parallel she gave some tv interviews and left for USA until 2016 when she gave birth to her third child, a girl. In December 2016 she decided to make the awaiting comeback in Greece and release new music single titled "Ayta Ta Hristougenna" / "Christmas Time" by her previous record label Heaven Music. Kalomira took participated as a tv presenter at the backstage of the new music talent show Rising Star.
All the albums listed underneath were released and charted in Greece and Cyprus.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|I Kalomira Paei Cinema||
|Secret Combination: The Album||
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Kalomira Special Karaoke Edition||
|"Ego Eimai I Kalomoira"||3||1||—|
|"Proti Mou Fora"||9||11||—|
|2005||"Kai Tou Hronou"||15||18||—||Kalomira Special Gold Edition|
|"Pethaino Gia Sena"||5||5||—||Kalomira|
|2006||"Gine Mazi Mou Paidi"||17||—||—||Cd Single:Gine Mazi Mou Paidi|
|"Ki Olo Perimeno"||6||8||—||Paizeis?|
|2007||"Medley"||8||11||—||I Kalomira Paei Cinema|
|2008||"Secret Combination"||1||1||TUR: 18
|Secret Combination: The Album|
|"Sto Diko Mou Rythmo"||18||32||SP: 4|
|2010||"Please Don't Break My Heart" (Kalomira feat. Fatman Scoop)||6||5||—||Non-album single|
|"Please Don't Break My Heart (Ragga Version)"||8||9||—|
|"I Do"||25||—||—||Cd Single: I Do|
|2011||"This Is The Time"||11||7||—||Non-album single|
|2012||"Other Side Tonight"||—||—||—|
|2015||"This Is Summer"||—||—||—|
|2016||"Ta Xristougenna Auta / Christmas Time"||65||—||—||Best Of|
|2017||"Shoot 'em Down"||—||—||—||TBA|
|2004||Fame Story||Herself||Season 2 contestant
|2004||Fame Story||Herself||Guest star|
|2004||Lampsi||Jennifer||Season 14 guest star
|2005||MAD Video Music Awards||Herself||Performer|
|2005||Fame Story||Herself||Guest star|
|2006||MAD Video Music Awards||Herself||Performer|
||Pio Poly Tin Kyriaki||Herself||Co-Hostess|
|2007||MAD Video Music Awards||Herself||Performer|
|2008||Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008||Herself||Contestant
|2008||Eurovision Song Contest 2008||Herself||Final contestant
|2008||So You Think You Can Dance||Herself||Guest star|
|2009||Big In Japan||Herself||Hostess|
|2009||Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009||Herself||Guest star|
|2010||Get The Job||Herself||Hostess on the "GetItNow.gr"|
|2010||Dancing with the Stars||Herself||Guest star|
|2010||MAD Video Music Awards||Herself||Performer|
|2011||Dancing with the Stars||Herself||Guest star|
|2014||Eurosong 2014 - a MAD show||Herself||Guest star|
|2015||MAD Video Music Awards||Herself||Performer|
|2016 -present||Rising Star||Herself||Backstage Presenter|
|2004||Proti Mou Fora||Manolis Tzirakis|
|2005||Pethaino Gia Sena||Kostas Kapetanidis|
|2006||Ki Olo Perimeno||Kostas Kapetanidis|
|2008||Secret Combination||Kostas Kapetanidis|
|2010||Please Don't Break My Heart
(featuring Fatman Scoop)
|2011||This Is The Time||Kostas Kapetanidis|
|2016||Ta Xristougenna Auta||Vangelis Tsaousopoulos|
|2017||Shoot 'em Down||Thanos Gomozias|
Awards and nominations
|2005||Life & Style - Women Of The Year||Best New Artist||Herself||Won|
|MAD Video Music Awards||Best New Artist||"Nomizeis"||Nominated|
|2008||Eurovision Radio Awards||Best Song||"Secret Combination"||Nominated|
|Best Female Artist||"Secret Combination"||Nominated|
|2009||Eurovision Awards||Best Performance||"Secret Combination"||Won|
|Life & Style - Women Of The Year||Best Female Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|The Elios Spotlight Awards||Best Performing Artist||Herself||Won|
|European Festival||Best Reality Show||"Big In Japan"||Won|
|Best Show||"Big In Japan"||Won|
|2011||One Woman||Hottest Woman||Herself||Nominated|
|2012||One Woman||Hottest Woman||Herself||Nominated|
|LaLore02 Awards||Best Song||"Po Po Po"||Won|
|2013||MAD Video Music Awards||Best Live Act - 10 Years MAD VMA||"Please Don't Break My Heart"||Nominated|
|LaLore02 Awards||Best Song||"Me Ponas"||Nominated|
|2015||LaLore02 Awards||Best Song||"This is summer"||Nominated|
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