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Highlights of the Euro Hit 40 May 18, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Music Life Greek.

May has become the month of the Eurovision Song Contest and it’s a tune from this annual televised music competition that highlights the Euro Hit 40.

The charts of 18 countries, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom, are taken apart and dissected each week to produce the chart known as the Euro Hit 40.

Many songs, particularly those that make the upper reaches in the chart are international hits from places like the United States and the United Kingdom, but there are also tracks from other countries, some of them in languages other than English. In Highlights of the Euro Hit 40 they try to reflect some of Europe’s homegrown music and musical styles.   Greece’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, on 10 and 12 May, was with the song “Yassou Maria”. As many of you will know, victory at this year’s song contest, the 52nd, went to Serbia, with Ukraine and Russia coming in second and third, respectively. However, this song from Greece notched up a worthy 7th place among the 24 countries in the final.

sarbel.jpg  Sarbel sang his way to 7th place for Greece

Greece was represented in the contest by Sarbel. Michael Sarbel, born 1981, represented Greece at the Helsinki Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Yassou Maria’. Michael, known professionally by the name Sarbel, was born and raised in London, England. Although he was the Greek representative at this year’s song contest, his roots actually lie in Cyprus, for his father comes from Cyprus, while his mother is Lebanese.

In his childhood in the UK, he performed with the English National Opera before he moved to the Greek island of Crete at the age of 18. His first major hit Se Pira Sovara came in 2004, since when he’s released two albums: Paraxeno Synesthima and Sahara. For more information on Sarbel, see the following external links >  



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