Αυτοί είναι οι υποψήφιοι για τη Eurovision 2018

Κεκλεισμένων των θυρών -χωρίς κοινό και φαν του διαγωνισμού- θα πραγματοποιηθεί την Παρασκευή 16 Φεβρουαρίου, σε στούντιο της ΕΡΤ, ο «εθνικός τελικός» για τον 63ο Διαγωνισμό της Eurovision.

Αυτή την περίοδο ετοιμάζεται το ψηφιακό πλατό στα κτίρια της δημόσιας τηλεόρασης στην Κατεχάκη, όπου θα φιλοξενηθούν οι τρεις υποψήφιες συμμετοχές (Χοροσταλίτες, Γιάννα Τερζή, Αρετή Κετιμέ), που θα διαγωνιστούν για να αποφασιστεί ποια θα εκπροσωπήσει τη χώρα μας στον μουσικό διαγωνισμό, ο οποίος θα διεξαχθεί στις 12 Μαΐου στη Λισαβόνα.

Ωστόσο, είναι άξιο απορίας γιατί η δημόσια τηλεόραση, χωρίς λόγο και αιτία, συνεχίζει να υποβαθμίζει ίσως το μοναδικό αποδεδειγμένα εμπορικό τηλεοπτικό οπτικοακουστικό προϊόν της, το οποίο για κάποιους μπορεί να είναι ακόμη ένα μουσικό «πανηγυράκι» με γεωπολιτικές στρατηγικές, αλλά το παρακολουθούν εκατομμύρια τηλεθεατές στην Ευρώπη.

Αυτό το «πανηγυράκι», όμως, θα μπορούσε να τους απαντήσει κανείς ότι αποδεδειγμένα, φέρνει υψηλότατα νούμερα τηλεθέασης και γεμίζει τα ταμεία της ΕΡΤ από τον… καταιγισμό των διαφημίσεων, πέραν του ότι αυτό το διάστημα -του ελληνικού τελικού και του ημιτελικού και τελικού της Eurovision- η ΕΡΤ μπαίνει και πάλι στο τηλεκοντρόλ μας και γίνεται η αφορμή για να συγκεντρωθούν παρέες σε σπίτια.

Εστω και με αρκετή καθυστέρηση, λοιπόν, η δημόσια τηλεόραση ετοιμάζεται για τον ελληνικό τελικό, κατά τον οποίο θα αποφασίσει το τηλεοπτικό κοινό το τραγούδι που θα εκπροσωπήσει τη χώρα μας στον φετινό διαγωνισμό της Eurovision. Η βραδιά θα μεταδοθεί ζωντανά από την ΕΡΤ1, αλλά η παρουσίαση των τριών υποψήφιων τραγουδιών σε βίντεο θα έχει μαγνητοσκοπηθεί λίγες ημέρες νωρίτερα.

Συνεργασία

Μάλιστα, σύμφωνα με πληροφορίες, την επόμενη βδομάδα θα γίνει και η συνάντηση των τριών δισκογραφικών εταιριών με τη δημόσια τηλεόραση, για να καθοριστεί το νομικό πλαίσιο συνεργασίας προκειμένου να συμμετάσχουν στον ελληνικό τελικό.

Βασικό σημείο της συνεργασίας για το εισιτήριο προς τη Λισαβόνα είναι να μπορεί να αντεπεξέλθει η δισκογραφική εταιρία στο κόστος -περίπου 100.000 ευρώ- και να μη χρεωθεί η ΕΡΤ την όλη περιοδεία!

Τα τραγούδια που έχουν πάρει την έγκριση από την οργανωτική επιτροπή της ΕΡΤ είναι με αλφαβητική σειρά, βάσει τίτλου, τα εξής: «Από τη Θράκη έως την Κρήτη» από το μουσικό συγκρότημα Χοροσταλίτες (Spider Music), «Μην ξεχνάς τον ήλιο» από την Αρετή Κετιμέ (Spicy Μusic) και «Το όνειρό μου» με τη Γιάννα Τερζή (Panik Entertaiment Group). Τα στελέχη των δισκογραφικών εταιριών θεωρούν ότι πάνε στη Λισαβόνα με αξιώσεις! Η Αρετή Κετιμέ ήταν η πρώτη που έθεσε υποψηφιότητα και θα ταξιδέψει μελωδικά το κοινό με ένα τραγούδι αμανέ για την προσφυγιά.

Το τραγούδι του συγκροτήματος Χοροσταλίτες δεν έχει απλώς ελληνικό στίχo ή ελληνικό ηχόχρωμα, είναι ένα μουσικό οδοιπορικό στην παράδοσή μας, από τη μία άκρη της Ελλάδας έως την άλλη, ενώ η συμμετοχή της Γιάννας Τερζή, αν και της τελευταίας στιγμής, εξέπληξε όλους ευχάριστα.

Ο φετινός διαγωνισμός θα διεξαχθεί στο Meo Arena της Λισαβόνας, μετά τη νίκη του ταλαντούχου Πορτογάλου Σαλβαντόρ Σομπράλ, με το τραγούδι «Amar Pelos Dois», που έφερε τον διαγωνισμό στη χώρα του.

Οι δύο ημιτελικοί και ο τελικός θα διεξαχθούν στις 8, 10 και 12 Μαΐου, αντίστοιχα, στην πορτογαλική πρωτεύουσα.

Running order for the 2017 Grand Final released!

The line up of the Grand Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is now complete and we can now reveal the order in which the 26 acts will perform on Saturday.

Ten acts from each Semi-Final have gone through to Saturday’s Grand Final and join the so-called ‘Big Five’ — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom — and Host Country, Ukraine.

The running order was proposed by UA:PBC and approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand and by the Chairman of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling.

Last night the European Broadcasting Union released the official running order for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Australia’s Isaiah Firebrace will perform as 14th on Saturday, whilst Australian Anja Nissen will take the stage as 10th on behalf of Denmark.

Interesting to see is the fact that Bulgaria got a great starting slot near the end of the show, as did Sweden. Could this mean they did very well in their semi finals? Or is just bad luck for other favourites such as Armenia, Portugal and Italy that they were allocated in the first half.

The running order of the Grand Final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest:

1. Israel

2. Poland

3. Belarus

4. Austria

5. Armenia

6. The Netherlands

7. Moldova

8. Hungary

9. Italy

10. Denmark

11. Portugal

12. Azerbaijan

13. Croatia

14. Australia

15. Greece

16. Spain

17. Norway

18. United Kingdom

19. Cyprus

20. Romania

21. Germany

22. Ukraine

23. Belgium

24. Sweden

25. Bulgaria

26. France

Ο τελευταίος ρόλος του Στάθη Ψάλτη: Πλάνα από την ταινία «Νίκος Καζαντζάκης»


Οι ευρωπαίοι συμπαραγωγοί με τον Γιάννη Σμαραγδή και τους πρωταγωνιστές- συντελεστές της ταινίας.

Ο Στάθης Ψάλτης, ο οποίος απεβίωσε σήμερα σε ηλικία 66 ετών, δεν πρόλαβε να δει στις κινηματογραφικές αίθουσες την νέα ταινία του Γιάννη Σμαραγδή, στην οποία πρωταγωνιστεί.

Πρόκειται για την ταινία, «Νίκος Καζαντζάκης», η οποία αναμένεται να βγει στις αίθουσες το προσεχές φθινόπωρο με τον αγαπημένο ηθοποιό να υποδύεται το ρόλο του ηγούμενου της Μονής Σινά.

Στάθης Ψάλτης: Αυτή είναι η τελευταία του φωτογραφία


Φτωχότερος είναι ο καλλιτεχνικός κόσμος, καθώς «έφυγε» από τη ζωή ένας σπουδαίος ηθοποιός, που χάρισε απλόχερα γέλιο στο κοινό. 

Ο Στάθης Ψάλτης άφησε την τελευταία του πνοή την Παρασκευή στο νοσοκομείο Άγιος Σάββας.

Ο ηθοποιός έδωσε μια σύντομη «μάχη» με τον καρκίνο, η οποία δεν είχε αίσιο τέλος. Ο Στάθης Ψάλτης είχε καιρό να εμφανιστεί δημόσια, καθώς αμέσως μετά την διάγνωση των γιατρών, χρειάστηκε να νοσηλευτεί.

Ωστόσο, κυκλοφόρησε η τελευταία φωτογραφία του ηθοποιού, λίγο πριν από την νοσηλεία. Ο Στάθης Ψάλτης έκανε μια φωτογράφηση για προσωπικούς του λόγους. 

Μετά την είδηση του θανάτου του, ο φωτογράφος Πάνος Ρεκουνιώτης, ανάρτησε το εν λόγω στιγμιότυπο στον προσωπικό του λογαριασμό στο Facebook.

Αυτή έμελλε να είναι και η τελευταία του φωτογραφία…
Δείτε την φωτογραφία: 

Napoleon Perdis is returning to MBFWA as the Official Makeup Partner

Preparation for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is well underway. And today we know a little more about what’s going down.

It’s been announced that Napoleon Perdis will be returning as the Official Makeup Partner of the event.

The NP team will be responsible for creating the beauty looks to hit the runway and will be aiming to innovate current makeup trends.

Napoleon Perdis brand ambassador and daughter of Napoleon, Lianna Perdis, will also be taking to the MBFWA runway for the first time.

“I have always been proud of my association with Fashion Week,” said Napoleon in a statement.

“Being a proud Australian, I am very excited to be a part of this creative and innovative journey as I believe Australia is at the forefront of fashion, both here and overseas.” 

MBFWA kicks off on May 14. If you want to get in on the action, tickets to MBFWA Weekend Edition on May 19 and 20 are available now.
mbfashionweek.com/australia

napoleonperdis.com

John Stamos Discovers His Great Grandfather Was Murdered

Actor John Stamos discovers his paternal great-grandfather Vasilios was murdered in Kakouri village in Greece by a man named Ioannis Koliopoulos, who is described as “Judas.”

Πέθανε ο Στάθης Ψάλτης σε ηλικία 66 ετών … Sadly Stathis Psaltis passed away at 66 years old

«Έφυγε» από τη ζωή σε ηλικία 66 ετών ο αγαπημένος ηθοποιός Στάθης Ψάλτης έπειτα από σκληρή μάχη με τον καρκίνο.

Τον τελευταίο καιρό ο ηθοποιός νοσηλευόταν σε νοσοκομείο ενώ από την Κυριακή του Πάσχα η κατάσταση της υγείας του επιδεινώθηκε και μπήκε στη Μονάδα Εντατικής Θεραπείας στο αντικαρκινικό νοσοκομείο «Άγιος Σάββας».

Ποιός ήταν ο Στάθης Ψάλτης

Γεννήθηκε στο Βέλο Κορινθίας όπου έζησε τα παιδικά του χρόνια μέχρι την ηλικία των 11 ετών όταν η οικογένειά του μετακόμισε στο Αιγάλεω.

Σπούδασε στη Δραματική σχολή του Κωστή Μιχαηλίδη και τελείωσε τη Νομική Σχολή στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αθήνας. 

Παντρεύτηκε στα 17 του την Τάρια Μπούρα, αλλά χώρισε γρήγορα. Από αυτόν τον γάμο έχει μία κόρη. ενώ τα τελευταία χρόνια είχε τη χαρά να γίνει και παππούς. Η κόρη του, Μαρία Ψάλτη, του έχει «χαρίσει» δυο εγγονές, τις οποίες ο ηθοποιός λάτρευε. Το 2006 παντρεύτηκε για δεύτερη φορά την αγαπημένη του Χριστίνα.


Η κόρη του Στάθη Ψάλτη ονομάζεται Μαρία Ψάλτη και μητέρα της είναι η ηθοποιός Κάτια Κυβέλου.


Η μικρότερη κόρη της Μαρίας Ψάλτη.

Έπαιξε σε πολλές ταινίες του ελληνικού κινηματογράφου αλλά και στο θέατρο. Έγινε ιδιαίτερα δημοφιλής μαζί με την Καίτη Φίνου στη δεκαετία του 1980 με εμπορικές ταινίες όπως Καμικάζι αγάπη μου, Τροχονόμος Βαρβάρα, Τα καμάκια, Βασικά καλησπέρα σας, Και ο πρώτος ματάκιας, Τρελός είμαι ό,τι θέλω κάνω, Έλα να αγαπηθούμε ντάρλινγκ, Μάντεψε τι κάνω τα βράδια.

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Stathis Psaltis (Greek: Στάθης Ψάλτης; born February 27, 1951 in Velo, Korinthia) was a Greek cinema, TV and theatre comedian. He was mostly famous for starring in many 1980s films.

Biography

He was born in Velo Korinthias where he lived during his childhood until the age of 11, when his family moved to Aigaleo.

He studied at the acting school of Kostis Michailidis and finished the law school of the university of Athens.

He starred in a lot of Greek films and also in theater. He became incredibly popular along with different actress in the 1980s with commercial movies such as “Kamikazi agapi mou”, “Troxonomos Varvara”, “Ta kamakia”, “Vasika Kalispera sas”, “Kai o protos matakias”, “Trellos eimai oti thelo kano”, “Ela na agapithoume darling”, “Mantepse ti kano ta vradia” and many other movies.

Filmography

Pou Pas Re Giorgaki me tetoio Kairo (2011)

Nou Dou oi Asximi (2008)

Oi Prasines, Oi Kokkines, Oi Thalassies oi Tsouxtres (2008)

Ta Thelei o…..Kolotravas Mas (2007)

Achristos, atalantos, asximos alla diashmos (2007) …. Himself

An m’agapas (2006) TV Series …. Dimitris Marnis

Kotes (2003)

Kalimera zoe (1994) TV Series

Erastis, O (1990) (V) …. Stathis Birbitsolis (The Lover)

Apagogi sta tyfla (1989) …. Stathis (The Blind Kidnapping)

Protaris batsos kai i troteza, O (1989)

Treladiko polyteleias (1989) …. Stathis Ksetripis (The Luxurious Nuthouse)

Akatamahitos pilotos (1988) (V) (An Irresistible pilot)

Enas, alla… leon (1988) …. Stathis

Kai deilos kai tolmiros (1988) …. Markos Tremoulas

Megalos paramythas, O (1988)

Kivernisseis peftoune alla o Psaltis menei, I (1987) (V) …. Mantis Kalhas

Pantachou paron (1987)

Xenodoheio kastri (1987)

Kavalaris ton FM Stereo, O (1986) …. Stathis Papastathis

Kleftroni kai gentleman (1986) …. Stathis Ledoakridis… aka Κλεφτρόνι και tζέντλεμαν (Greece)

Psilos, lignos kai pseftaros (1985)

Rakos… no. 14, kai o protos bounakias (1985) …. Iraklis Spinos… aka Rakos No. 14

Ela na… gymnothoume, darling (1984) …. Stathis… aka Ela n’ agapithoume, darling

Trelos eimai, oti thelo kano (1984) …. Michalis Vidas

Kamikazi, agapi mou (1983) …. Efstathios Sgouros

Pes ta Chrisostome (1983)

Kai… o protos matakias (1982)

Periergos, O (1982) …. Simos

Sainia, Ta (1982) …. Sissifos

Vasika… kalispera sas (1982) …. Efstathios Koubaris… aka Radiopeirates, Oi

Eisai stin EOK, pathe gia tin EOK (1981) … aka Eisai stin EOK, mathe gia tin EOK

Kamakia, Ta (1981)

Kotsos exo apo to NATO, O (1981)

Pame gia kafe? (1981)

Trohonomos Varvara (1981)

Gefsi apo Ellada! (1980)

Kotsos stin EOK, O (1980)

Madepse ti kano ta bradia (1980) …. Kosmas Papakosmas

Parthenokynigos, O (1980)

Podogyros, O (1980)

“Symvolaiografos, O” (1979) TV Series …. Panagiotis Merkatos

Fadarines, Oi (1979) … aka Οι Φανταρίνες (Greece)

Paidia tis piatsas, Ta (1979)

“Emporoi ton ethnon, Oi” (1973) TV Series …. Joker

Diamantia sto gymno sou soma (1972) … aka Diamantia sto gymno kormi tis (Greece: TV title)

Hidden Armenian and Greek Celebrities in Turkish Cinema

Being a celebrity is often associated with having a certain lifestyle. Fame often brings fortune, privileges, and opportunities—whether they are career-related or not. Celebrities are thought to have an “easier” life, in which they get special treatment wherever they go—well, except for celebrities in Turkey who are Armenian, Greek, Kurdish, Jewish, or members of any other ethnic or religious minority. Sometimes, even being associated with them is considered unacceptable.

Ayhan Işık, for example, was the most beloved Turkish leading actor in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He was also a movie producer, director, script writer, singer, and painter. He was nicknamed by Turkish people “the king without a crown”– a king who had to change his Armenian-sounding last name to be able to have an acting career.


Ayhan Işık

His parents were originally from Salonika (now Thessaloniki, Greece). Born in Izmir in 1926, Ayhan lost his father at the age of six. His family then moved to Istanbul, where he attended the painting department of the State Fine Arts Academy. He first became a painter and graphic designer and worked for several magazines in Istanbul. According to his known biography, upon the insistence and encouragement of the editor-in-chief of Yıldız magazine—for which he was then working—he entered an acting competition organized by the magazine and came in first. But before he entered it, he had a major concern: his last name, Işıyan, could have been perceived to be Armenian. This concern made him change his surname and adopt a Turkish one: Işık.

Thanks to his enormous talent, good looks, and charisma, he became a living legend in Turkish cinema and played in numerous movies. Işık died in 1979 at the age of 50, which shocked his family, friends, and fans.

Nubar Terziyan, another well-known actor from Turkey, was one of the few Armenian actors who did not change his name. He was devastated by the untimely death of Işık, who used to call him “father.” In 1979, Terziyan placed a notice in the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet, which read:

“My son, Ayhan, this world is ephemeral. Death is the fate of us all. But you did not die. For you still live in our hearts and in the hearts of millions of people that you have left behind. How blessed you are. (…) Your uncle, Nubar Terziyan.”

Ayhan Işık and Nubar Terziyan share a scene

Apparently, Işık’s family was concerned, terrified, and even infuriated that the notice could have made people think Işık was Armenian. They responded with a public display of racism in a counter-notice in Hürriyet:

“Important correction: Our dearest Ayhan Işık has nothing to do with the notice undersigned as ‘your uncle’. (…) We regretfully announce as we see it necessary. -His family.”

30 years later, Berç Alyanakziya, the son of Terziyan, gave an interview to Hürriyet in 2009 about the tension between his father and Işık’s wife following his death. According to Hürriyet,

“Events that happened right after he placed a death notice for Işık in the daily Hürriyet made him more sorrowful. Işık’s wife, Gülşen, reacted negatively toward Terziyan, who wrote below the notice ‘your father Nubar,’ as Işık called him. The reason was that the real surname of Işık was Işıyan, which had been kept a secret. Because the name Işıyan reminds one of an Armenian name, he changed it to Işık.

“Terziyan’s son Berç Alyanakziya said the following about the reason for the wife’s reaction: ‘Everyone thought that Ayhan Işık was Armenian because of his real surname, Işıyan. When my father placed this notice and wrote ‘your father Nubar,’ people thought that they were close relatives and Işık was an Armenian, too.”

Because of this negative reaction, on June 21, Terziyan placed another notice in the paper in which he disclaimed his former notice.

But according to Professor Fatma Müge Göçek, Işıyan was indeed Armenian. She wrote in her 2014 book Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009:

“Such silencing also occurred in the case of another famous actor, Ayhan Işık, who was also of Armenian origin but carefully silenced his ethnic identity.”

One of the precautions many Armenians in Turkey take against racist attacks is to adopt a Turkish name to use in their social and job-related interactions with Turks. One was Kirkor Cezveciyan, an Armenian superstar of Turkish cinema. He was registered with his real name on his official identification card, but used a Turkish name for the screen: Kenan Pars. The journalist Nayat Karaköse wrote in 2008 after Pars’s death:

“Pars was only one of the many Armenians who changed their names… he was one of the hundreds of Armenians with two business cards. 

Some Armenians−particularly men−possess two business cards in Turkey. They have both an Armenian name and a Turkish one they later adopted. Armenianness is visible only within the [Armenian] community; it is not visible in public sphere. Particularly 20 or 30 years ago, this ‘invisible’ Armenian phenomenon was even more widespread.”


Kenan Pars (Kirkor Cezveciyan) with child actress Zeynep Değirmencioğlu, also known as ‘Ayşecik’

In an interview, Pars said that because he was a non-Muslim, he was not given guns while doing his compulsory military service in the city of Balikesir. Instead, he was given tools to dig.

Hürriyet noted a reality that speaks volumes about the level of racism and bigotry against indigenous peoples in Turkey: “Most Armenian and Greek artists changed their names to Turkish names for the screen upon request of producers.” Adile Naşit, one of the greatest actresses in Turkish cinema, was only one of them.

Adile Nasit’s family: grandmother Küçük Virjin, uncle Niko, mother Amelya and brother Selim Naşit. (Photo: Hurriyet)

Known for her joyous and remarkable laughter, her family movies and her TV show in which she told children tales and stories, she was known by Turks as “mother Hafize”– after a character she performed in one of her movies. But the “mother” of Turkish people was hiding something: her Greek roots.

Some internet sources claim that Naşit was of Armenian origin. But according to the official website of the Women’s Museum Istanbul, Naşit was the granddaughter of a well-known Greek dancer, who was born in 1870 and known as Küçük Virjin. A graduate of the Galata Greek Primary School, Küçük Virjin was the first Greek canto dancer in the Ottoman Empire. Her husband, Yorgi, as well as her two sons− Niko and Andre−were all musicians. Her daughter, Amalia, also became a well-known canto dancer and theatre actress in the late Ottoman era.

Her granddaughter, Adela, Amalia’s daughter, was born in the Turkish Republic, which has been hostile to Greeks. She adopted a Turkish name, “Adile,” became “Adile Naşit,” and never used her real Greek name during her career.

The scholar Gönül Dönmez-Colin writes in her 2008 book Turkish Cinema: Identity, Distance, and Belonging:

“The one-nation policy of the Turkish Republic established in 1923 made life difficult for all minorities. Many converted to Islam and kept their identity secret all their lives.


Nubar Terziyan

“Like the Kurds and other ethnic minorities, non-Muslims have also been invisible in Turkish cinema. Several ethnic minority personalities made their mark in the industry, but often their identity had to be masked… Nubar Terziyan (Alyanak) remains an important character actor in Turkish cinema with his lovable ‘uncle’ image in over 400 films. Although he never hid his Armenian identity, very few people knew that Kenan Pars, who played the bad man in more than 500 films, was actually born Kirkor Cezveciyan. Sami Hazinses, who devoted 45 years to Turkish cinema, had to hide his Armenian identity (Samuel Uluç) all his life for fear of reprisals; his secret was discovered only at his funeral when the procession had to be transferred from the mosque to the church.”

One could be the most peace-loving, law-abiding, and hard-working citizen of Turkey. One could even be unlimitedly talented, and have the best looks and work ethic. But sadly, one’s non-Turkish roots are still a “challenge” in one’s social life and career.

For one to have a safe life and a successful career in Turkey, he or she has to be Turkish and a Muslim. Turkishness and Islam are believed by much of the Turkish public to be intertwined. But if minority citizens still have the courage to keep their non-Turkish names and non-Islamic faith, they still know that they had better not be very outspoken about these things. Non-Muslims in Turkey – through real-life “experiences” − are always “taught” to know their place.

The Turkish state has demonized Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Jews, Kurds, and other minority citizens to such an extent that it has made many of them carry their ethnic roots like a burden on their shoulders. It has turned their identities into giant faults—even “crimes.” That is what prevented these very talented people from proudly expressing and being who they really were.

VASSY Took Home the WDM Award for Best Electronic Vocalist


Singer, songwriter, and producer, VASSY, has recently been awarded the Best Electronic Vocalist at the World Dance Radio Awards (WDM). The World Dance Radio Awards took place on Wednesday, March 5, 2017 at the sold out Estadio Azteca in Mexico city where VASSY appeared alongside some of the biggest names in dance music; David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Nervo, Alan Walker and Cedric Gervais, in front of 100,000 exhilarated Mexican fans. It was no surprise to see VASSY’s infectious energy fuel the crowd, upholding the talented songstress’s reputation as the queen of EDM. Fans from all over the world voted for VASSY making her the first ever vocalist to win a WDM award as well as the only female solo artist to win at this year’s awards ceremony.


VASSY’s career rose into the spotlight in 2014 with her Multi-Platinum and 12 X worldwide Platinum collaboration “BAD,” with David Guetta and Showtek, which garnered her an IDMA award for Best Vocal Performance in 2015. VASSY proved to be a true triple threat when the following years she released her collaboration with Tiësto and Kshmr on the No. 1 electro-house Multi-Platinum single, “Secrets,” which met massive successes, adding more awards and platinum certifications under her belt. Since then, VASSY has been taking over festival arenas with Tiësto during his 2016 Ultra, Electric Zoo and Tomorrowland sets, proving she’s unstoppable. Her latest high-energy dance-floor solo record “Nothing To Lose,” co-produced by Tiësto, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts and on U.S. Dance Radio, as well as vaulted into the Top 10 of the Billboard Dance/Mix Show charts within the first three months of its release.


In addition to her hit dance collaborations, VASSY’s catchy lyrics and distinctive vocals have been featured in campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, Target, Sketchers, Nike, and Pepsi commercials, as well as in Disney’s official trailer for Oscar-winning movie, Frozen, the film Admission starring Tina Fey, and television shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty and Pretty Little Liars. VASSY’s productions range across the musical spectrum; from dance to pop and reggae, while you can also enjoy her indie side on her latest acoustic album release, “VASSY Unplugged.”

Muli-Platinum and Gold recording artist of many talents, VASSY, knows how to individualize herself against the tide of followers. Originating from Australia with Greek heritage, VASSY’s vocal roots lie in an array of different genres. As a singer, songwriter, and producer, her music speaks for itself and her progressive popularity in dance music is massive. Conquering the DJ world with her authentic sound has lead to a worldwide No. 1 hit with David Guetta & Showtek on their track “BAD,” which is certified 7 times double platinum, as well as winning an IDMA Award for Best Featured Vocalist Performance in 2015. “BAD” has had over 600 million views on Youtube, downloaded 2 million times and streamed via Spotify over 280 million times. 

In 2015 she collaborated with Tiësto and KSHMR on their track, “Secrets,” hitting over 80 million Spotify plays and 130 million Youtube views. “Secrets” went straight to number 1 in 20 countries, reigned atop the Billboard Club Charts and Beatport charts, and earned an IDMA Award for Best Electro Progressive/House track in 2016. VASSY joined forces once again in 2016 with Tiësto on her #1 standalone hit single, “Nothing To Lose,” a high-energy dance-floor friendly masterpiece. Co-produced by the legendary Tiësto, this progressive house-gem is bound to fuel the urge to get up and dance. 

Filled with uplifting original lyrics and momentous energy, the record quickly hit No. 1 on U.S. Dance Radio, No.1 on the Billboard Dance Club charts, and vaulted into the Top 10 of the Billboard Dance/Mix show charts.

In addition to her success in dance music, VASSY’s songs have been featured everywhere including, Target, Nickelodeon, Sketchers, Victoria’s Secret, Pepsi commercials, Grey’s Anatomy, and even Disney’s Oscar-winning film, “Frozen,”. VASSY’s captivating voice is soulful and enchanting, and will lure you into any track she sings. 

The versatile artist has also ventured into indie-pop on her No. 1 Billboard Dance Club song “We Are Young,” channeling a vivacious tone that will put you in high spirits. VASSY’s effortless dexterity as both versatile singer and songwriter is undeniable.

Even with her music career taking flight, VASSY has always prioritized her philanthropic work with charity groups and civil rights organizations. She is an active equal-rights ambassador for the NOH8 campaign, a spokesperson for environmental organization Green IT, works with Studio Samuel Foundation helping girls in Ethiopia, and supports youth through Playground of Dreams. 

Be it through her music, volunteerism giving back to the communities, VASSY’s goal is to inspire people to fight for their dreams. Whether she’s singing, writing, or producing music, VASSY has an immensely credible portfolio to admire.

Greek Artist’s Painting Sold for $132,000 in London

Girl with Two Doves by Angelos sold at auction for $132,186 at Bonhams’ Greek Sale in London. Photo courtesy of Irene Vandaraki

The Girl with a Pair of Dovesby Greek painter Angelos Panagiotou, aka Angelos, was auctioned off for the top price of £106,250 including premium in The Greek Sale at the British auction house Bonhams, on April 10.The amount is equal to $132,186.

Angelos was born in Farkadona, Trikala. He studied painting at the Fine Arts School of Athens with teacher Giorgo Mavroidis. He continued his studies making multiple trips to the museums of Europe and especially the Louvre, where he studied Western art.

His works are in many private collections and museums. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Greece and abroad, mainly in Europe and the United States.

The periods of his career are: Religious (1983-1990), The Shroud (1995-1997), Pigeons (1990-2000), Still Life (1988-2002), Metaphysical Landscapes (2000-2008), and Full Moon Nights (2004-2006).

Angelos said “I want my painting to be an emotional and spiritual retreat. I want to be a serene, peaceful image, opening a path to our inner redemption.”

His representative in New York,Irene Vandaraki, said that she is especially pleased with the result as it justifies the assessments about the painter and his artistic value is provided by the Greek artists who have created large current in the United States and has quite significant private collections.

Angelos’ work was featured in the recent exhibition Phos/Greek Light, held at the Long Island City offices of The National Herald in December.

Bonhams holds two auctions of Greek paintings each year, which include works by Greek and European artists dating from the late 18th century to the present day.

Greek artists whose works have sold well and even made records in the past include Theodore Jaques Ralli, Pericles Pantazis, Theofilios Hadjimichail, Thanos Tsingos, Alecos Condopoulos, and Nicholaos Gysis.

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