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Despina Vandi
Δέσποινα Βανδή

Despina Vandi in 2007.
Background information
Birth name Despina Malea
Born (1969-07-22) 22 July 1969 (age 52)
Tübingen near Stuttgart, Germany
Origin Kavala, Greece
Genres Laïko, Pop, Dance, Pop rock
Occupations Singer, Actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992–present
Labels Minos EMI, Heaven Music, Escondida Music, The Spicy Effect
Website DespinaVandi.gr

Despina Vandi (Greek: Δέσποινα Βανδή), born as Despina Malea (Greek: Δέσποινα Μαλέα) born 22 July 1969, is a Greek singer. Born in Tübingen near Stuttgart, Germany, Vandi's family returned to Kavala, Greece when she was six years old. After moving to Athens in the early 1990s, Vandi signed with Minos EMI and released two albums Gela Mou (1994) and Esena Perimeno (1996). She then began an exclusive collaboration with songwriter/producer Phoebus and struck commercial success with her third album, Deka Endoles (1997), followed by the multi-platinum Profities (1999), where she a more pop stage performance style and image, becoming one of the most prominent portrayers of the laiko/pop genre.>

Vandi has won three Arion Music Awards, ten MAD Video Music Awards, seven Pop Corn Music Awards, and a World Music Award, becoming the first Greek artist recording in Greece to ever win the award. On 14 March 2010, Alpha TV ranked Vandi the fourth top-certified Greek female artist in the nation's phonographic era (since 1960), with 11 records having been certified platinum or multi-platinum and three gold by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry of Greece. According to Heaven Music, as of 2007, Vandi has sold one million records in Greece.

In 2013-2014 Vandi was one of the four artists/coaches participating in the Greek version of The Voice called The Voice of Greece.

Life and career[]

Early years (Gela mou & Esena Perimeno 1994–96)[]

Vandi's first album was released in 1994 under the Minos EMI label, titled Gela Mou (Smile at Me). This album was distinguished by the self-titled song "Gela Mou", as long as by Vandi's duet To Adieksodo (No Way Out) with the popular and acclaimed singer Giannis Parios. Both songs were written by Vassilis Karras.

Vandi in OESC[]

In the 2nd edition Despina Vandi was chosen to represent Greece in #02 with her song "I believe it.

Ed. Representing Host Song Place Final Points Place Semi final Points
#02 Flag of Greece.svg Greece Sweden.png Stockholm "I believe it" 17 42
"Big 5" Member
#28 Flag of Greece.svg Greece Algeria.png Algiers "Xano esena" 11 125 4 86
#35 Flag of Greece.svg Greece Finland.png Helsinki "Kane Kati" 8 125 6 83