GREECE – Despina Vandi emerged in the Greek music business in the late 90s. In the early 00s, the media controversy between her and Anna Vissi kicked off, ending up last December with the joint appearance at the JUST THE TWO OF US show.
For years, Despina Vandi was one of the wishes of the Greek Eurovision fandom. It never happened. The only relation that the fans and Despina had with Eurovision was that of hosting the national final (EUROSONG) in 2013 and 2014 thanks to the producers at MAD TV, who took over the event on behalf of ERT.
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Currently, Despina Vandi focuses mostly on TV hosting. Under BARKING WELL MEDIA productions and through MEGA CHANNEL commercial broadcaster, Despina hosts a travel show every weekend, titled MY GREECE. This Sunday she was located in Karditsa, the origin place of Helena Paparizou, joint as well by the 2005 Eurovision winner.
Despina revealed to Helena why she never participated in Eurovision. She said that she got proposed many times but always said “NO”, not because she was insecure about her performance and result but because she could take over the burden of flying the flag for an entire nation.
Speaking about the night Helena won, Despina said that she just finished her first part of the live performance on a music stage she was working on back then. In her dressing room and with mobile activity almost non-existing in that period, she was watching the voting which didn’t start well for Greece. When things changed and Helena won, she got out of the dressing room, went on stage with a bathroom robe and sleepers, shouting to the audience that Greece WON!
It was then she said that since Helena won, I will never go to Eurovision…