Friday, 22 October 2010


Antique was a duo consisting of Elena Paparizou and Nikos Panagiotidis originating from Sweden which combined Greek popular music and lyrics with a Nordic dance pop beat. Both Elena and Nikos were born and raised in Sweden by Greek parents. In 2001 Antique were selected to represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen with the song Die For You, sung in a blend of English and Greek, which came 3rd.

In 1999 some DJ friends of Elena Paparizou asked her to make a demo of the Notis Sfakianakis song Opa Opa. Paparizou asked to sing it with her childhood friend Nikos Panagiotidis, they formed Antique and their debut single Opa Opa became a hit amongst the Greeks in Sweden and eventually entered the top ten in Sweden and Norway, making them the first act to enter into the Swedish top five with a song sung in Greek. Their later singles Dinata Dinata, Follow Me, and Moro Mou also were very successful. The duo stopped in 2003 on good terms with both members pursuing solo careers.

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