Ivi Adamou (Greek: Ήβη Αδάμου, pronounced ˈivi aˈðamu; born 24 November 1993) is a Greek Cypriot singer who rose to recognition in Greece and Cyprus following her participation in the second season of the Greek version of The X Factor, where she was under the mentorship of Giorgos Theofanous. Adamou secured a recording contract with Sony Music Greece and released her debut extended play Kalokairi Stin Kardia, which was certified gold. In the same year she collaborated with the Spiros Lambrou Choir and released the holiday EP Christougenna Me Tin Ivi Adamou, released as Christmas with Ivi Adamou abroad. Ivi Adamou represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song La La Love. She placed 16th in the grand final. Her new album, Eho Ourano (I Have Sky), that was released in summer of 2013, will include her latest singles "Time to Love" and "Ponane Oi Agapes".
Since 2010, Ivi had several nominations in both the MAD Video Music Awards and the Madame Figaro Awards. However she has currently won four awards. She was awarded as the best Cypriot woman singer in 2010 and 2012. She was also awarded as the best singer in Cyprus in 2012 which was the first time that the award was given. In 2011, she received the award for the best video clip urban for her work with Stavento in "San Erthi I Mera".
1 Biography and career
1.1 Early life,
1.2 2009-10: The X Factor,
1.3 2010-11: Post-The X Factor, Kalokairi Stin Kardia,
1.4 2011-12: San Ena Oniro and Eurovision Song Contest,
1.5 2012-present: Post-Eurovision and Eho Ourano,
3 Personal life,
4.1 Studio albums,
4.2 Extended plays,
6 Awards and nominations,
7.1 Concert series,
8 Notes and references
9 External links,
Biography and career:
Ivi Adamou was born on 24 November 1993 in Ayia Napa, Famagusta, to a Greek Cypriot father and a Bulgarian mother. She has two sisters, one older and one younger. Music theory, vocal lessons, and piano allowed her to acquire the suitable skills to win prizes in several local song competitions; at the age of 9, her participation in a competition in Larnaka won her a first place finish with the song "Kaka Paidia" by Anna Vissi. After her participation in the second series of the Greek version of the X Factor she signed a contract with Sony Music Greece and since then she lives in Greece, where she is currently studying at the Panteion University. Even though she had started a musical career she decided to study sociology.
2009-10: The X Factor:
In 2009-2010, she took part in the second series of the Greek version of The X Factor, ending in sixth place. She lists Beyoncé as her biggest influence, as well as Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston. Almost all the songs she performed were in the English language with only one of them being in the Greek language.
Adamou sang "Just Dance" on the first live show and she received positive reviews by the judges. In the second and third live show, she sang P!nk's "Just Like A Pill" and Kelly's "Because of You" respectively and she once again received positive reviews with the latter one being honored as one of the best performances until then. However, with her performance of "Papa Don't Preach" in the fourth live show she received negative reviews, with Nikos Mouratidis stating that the song didn't suit to her voice. After her unsuccessful performance of the fourth live, she tried to give her best at the next live shows. She performed "When I Grow Up", "Hurt" and "Halo" at the next three live shows, which once again were positively reviewed by the judges. On the eighth live she performed her first Greek song, "Hristougenna" along with "All I Want For Christmas Is You".
On the ninth live show Adamou performed "Celebration", which was the second song of Madonna that she performed. She also had a duet with her team mate, Nini and they performed Anna Vissi's "Dodeka". On the tenth live show she performed "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and even though she received mostly positive reviews, Mouratidis had negative opinion on the performance as well on her previous performance. On the eleventh live show, she performed another song from the Pussycat Dolls, "Hush Hush". For first time, Adamou was in bottom two with Hovig but she was saved by the judges. In the final showdown, she chose to perform "I Have Nothing", the song she sang in the bootcamp. On the twelfth live show, she performed for second time, a song from Christina Aguilera.
Even though she was one of the favorites to win, she was eliminated during the twelfth week, where she came at bottom two against her team mate Nini Shermandini. She was voted to stay in by George Levendis and Nikos Mouratidis and Nini was voted by Katerina Gagaki and George Theofanous. Even though it was tied, Theofanous' vote counted twice and therefore Adamou was eliminated. After her elimination, a "fight" started between Sony and Theofanous while the record label wanted Adamou to return because of the fake results, as the media stated.
The X Factor season 2 performances and results
"Just Walk Away"
"I Have Nothing"
"To Fos Sti Psyhi"
Live show 1
Live show 2
"Just Like a Pill"
Live show 3
"Because of You"
Live show 4
"Papa Don't Preach"
Live show 5
"When I Grow Up"
Live show 6
Live show 7
Live show 8
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" / "Christouyenna"
Mariah Carey / Despina Vandi
Duet with Stavento
"Mesa Sou" (with Stavento)
Live show 9
Duet with contestant
"Dodeka" (with Nini)
Live show 10
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
Arrows / Joan Jett / Britney Spears
Live show 11
"I Have Nothing"
Live show 12
"The Voice Within"
Duet with contestant
"S Agapo" (with 48 Ores)
Antonis Remos and Alkistis Protopsalti
"The Power of Love"
2010-11: Post-The X Factor, Kalokairi Stin Kardia:
While Adamou was not a finalist in The X Factor with her sixth place finish, she did manage to obtain a record deal with Sony Music Greece, an affiliate of the show. Her dramatic and tension filled elimination was the source of a publicized dispute- both on air during The X Factor and in the press- between representatives of Sony Music Greece and Theofanous. Adamou's debut extended play, Kalokairi Stin Kardia, was released in June 2010 and generated the singles "A*G*A*P*I" (Love), "Sose Me" (Save me), and "To Mistiko Mou Na Vris" (Find my secret). It was certified gold for shipments of six thousand units. She received her gold album after her performance in the 2nd live of the Greek X-Factor where Sakis Rouvas gave her the gold album. She was featured on hip hop group Stavento's hit summer single "San Erthei I Mera", remaining in the top five of the Greek Airplay Chart for 20 weeks, and selling 60 thousand legal downloads. She toured Greece along with Stavento over the summer 2010. Also that year she collaborated with the Spiros Lambrou Choir and released the holiday EP Christougenna Me Tin Ivi Adamou, released as Christmas with Ivi Adamou abroad.
2011-12: San Ena Oniro and Eurovision Song Contest:
Ivi released San Ena Oniro, her first studio album, in 2012. The album had 10 songs, including "La La Love" in the Euro Edition. She was chosen internally by Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. In a special TV programme in January 2012 to select the song to represent Cyprus called A Song For Ivi, Ivi performed three songs: "Call The Police", "You Don't Belong Here", and "La La Love"; "La La Love" was the winner. During the contest, Ivi was reunited with fellow The X Factor contestant Eleftheria Eleftheriou who represented Greece. At the running order draw, Cyprus was drawn to perform 12th in the first semi-final on 22 May 2012 and then successfully reached the final where it was drawn to perform 8th and ultimately finished in 16th place.La La Love entered the single charts in many European countries, including Spain, UK, Germany & Sweden.
2012-present: Post-Eurovision and Eho Ourano:
After Eurovision, Ivi had a summer tour with concerts in Greece, Cyprus, Sweden and Spain. In Spain, she recorded "Time to Love" with Marsal Ventura, a Spanish DJ. When she returned to Greece she recorded another song called "Ase Me" with Kleopatra from Stavento. On January 14, 2013, on an appearance on Mega Channel's program Proino Mou, she announced that she would be releasing a new album in February 2013, but the album was not released during that time. Ivi also announced through her Facebook page that her new song with Marsal Ventura, "Time to Love", would be released in early February. Stavento posted a backstage photo from the shooting of their new song with Ivi named "Na Sou Tragoudo" which was released on 4 March 2013 and was available for digital download on 11 March 2013.
Adamou renewed her cooperation with Sony Music Greece on 5 April 2013. Adamou revealed during her interview at MTV that her new album will have the title Eho Ourano (I Have Sky). Her latest single, released on 31 May 2013, was titled "Ponane Oi Agapes" (Loves Hurt). For a fourth consecutive year, Adamou performed at the MAD Video Music Awards with Anise K and Shaya the song "Walking on Air".
Whitney Houston (left) and Beyoncé (middle) and Elena Paparizou (right) are some of Adamou's influences.
Adamou has named Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston as her idols and her biggest influences. She admires Whitney Houston who has been her favorite singer since her childhood and Beyoncé whom admires for her work and talent. She has also said about Beyoncé that she would love to work with her.
Since a child I've listened to Whitney Houston and I admire Beyoncé for her industriousness. Every time she Beyoncé has an appearance, she tends to have the best result which shows how much she has worked to reach the perfect.
Adamou has also cited Elena Paparizou and Sakis Rouvas as her influences with the latter one coming close to him during the X Factor where Sakis was the host. She has said about Sakis that she wasn't a big fan of him before the show, but she admired him when she met him and got to know more about him and his personality.
Adamou is the second child in her family. She has two other sisters one older, Despina and one younger, Cleopatra. She is currently studying sociology at Panteion University, in Athens. She declares that she is currently not in any relationship, even though the media declared that she was in relationship with Michalis from Stavento. Later, in one interview, she declined the rumors. She also said that she was never in love, since she went to Athens to study.
During and after Eurovision, the media reported that Adamou and Eleftheria Eleftheriou were not in a good situation. Both singers stated that everything was okay between them. However, during their performance in the 2013 Greek national final, Eleftheria was to give her hand to Adamou, while Adamou was waving at the audience. Later, Eleftheria said that Adamou didn't do this intentionally. She also said that they are in a good situation.
Adamou has met Beyoncé during her participation at the Greek X Factor, where she won a ticket for her concert in Athens. She has also met Jennifer Lopez at her concert in Stockholm. Adamou was in Stockholm due to her concert tour.
Adamou has participated in several charities. In 2010, she was part of the Cypriot campaign "Everything I Can" for the prevention of cervical cancer. The same year, she took part in the Greek campaign against breast cancer along with other Greeks including Katia Dandoulaki, Zeta Makripoulia and Dimitra Galani. In 2011, Adamou was appointed as the Young Ambassador for the rights of the children by the HFC-UNCRC Policy Center. In 2013, she performed at the solidarity concert in Famagusta in order to collect food.