A gifted young musician, singer and actress, Demy has gained both national and international acclaim since 2011 and will represent Greece in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song This is Love.
Demy’s love with music started at a very early age, with piano lessons at the young age of five, before she even went to school. Meanwhile, she enrolled for the school choir and also attended music theory and harmony lessons. To this day she continues to take vocal coaching as well as piano lessons.
Demy's musical influences come from many different kinds of music, of which she distinguishes jazz, soul, rock n’ roll and r’n’b as the most influential. She aims to experiment with every one of her songs and she avoids categorising herself in one particular kind of music.
After her official launch in the music world in 2011, Demy has enjoyed a series of successful collaborations with well-known Greek artists, and has released several singles that gained both national and international acclaim. During the past two years she has started a stage career resulting in leading roles in big scale musical productions.
In her free time, Demy is a diligent Law student.
Things you should know about Demy
- What are the most interesting aspects about your entry?
The first most interesting aspect about our entry is the powerful music, vibrant and yet charged with emotion. The second most interesting aspect is the inventive stage setting. The third is a secret for you to find out!
- What are the three most impressive facts about you?
I hear that people are impressed by my energy. Since I was a little child I could fit in 24 hours study, play, and a lot, a lot of music! At the moment I am preparing for the Eurovision Song Contest, I have a leading role in Abba’s Mama Mia in Athens, and I study Law. I am a natural multitasker and determined to always do my best.
- Do you have a (lucky) routine before going on stage?
Before I go on stage I take a moment to relax, concentrate, and get ready to give my best performance to the audience.
- Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
I am thrilled at the idea of taking part in one of the best shows in the world, and get to connect with a huge international audience. And besides, I’ve always been a Eurovision fan!
About the composers
Dimitris Kontopoulos studied film scoring at the USC in Los Angeles, California. He has worked as a composer and producer with well known Greek artists, among which Sakis Rouvas, Anna Vissi, Elena Paparizou, Antonis Remos, Despina Vandi, and Michalis Hatzigiannis. He has also collaborated with the Greek director Nikos Perrakis, writing music for his films.
As composer and producer, he has participated at the Eurovision Song Contest seven times: in 2007 with Belarus, in 2008 with Ukraine, in 2009 with Greece, in 2013 with Azerbaijan, in 2014 and 2016 with Russia. Each time these entries have resulted in strong scores with You Are The Only One achieving first place in the public vote last year. Dimitris has also gained international acclaim through his collaborations with artists mostly from the Russian music scene, and his songs have also been covered in countries such as Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Israel.
John Ballard is a singer, songwriter and record producer. He wrote songs and produced 3 albums for the Swedish band Ace of Base and wrote the title track Somewhere for the move Ice Age. John has had international success with David Hasselhoff, the Swedish teen band Bubbles, Yaki Da, Together and had a number one hit worldwide with the track It's a Beautiful Life. Recently John has written successful Eurovision Song Contest entries including You Are The Only One performed by Sergey Lazarev (Russia 2016) and Hold Me performed by Farid Mammadov (Azerbaijan 2013).
Romy Papadea is an established songwriter and Demy’s sister. Romy's most renowned song, Hano Esena, performed by famous Greek artist Despina Vandi, was a huge hit, remaining at the top of the national airplay charts for 13 weeks straight. Romy has also written lyrics for some of Demy’s most popular songs. She recently started writing music as well; Romy released her first song, You Fooled Me, performed by Demy and produced by USA based Greek rap producer Cenobite.