Monday, August 3, 2009

SAKIS ROUVAS








Anastasios Rouvas (born January 5, 1972 in Mandoukion, Corfu, Greece), known professionally as Sakis Rouvas or simply Sakis, is a Greek pop rock, rock, and dance-pop singer, film actor, television presenter, occasional composer and former pole vaulter. Rouvas is recognized as one of Greece's first pop singers, being known for his sexualized image, elaborate stage shows and music videos, as well as having a mass fan base. Rouvas is known mainly in Greece and Cyprus with some international success as well, mainly in Europe and North Africa. He is considered to be among Greece's best-selling artists with sales of an estimated two million records, while he helped popularize Western music elements in Greece in the early 1990s. All of Rouvas' albums have achieved certifications of gold or higher. While having become known in neighboring countries since the mid-1990s, Rouvas first gained international publicity in 2002 through his collaboration with famous American record producer Desmond Child. He is best known internationally for his participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 where he represented Greece with the song "Shake It" with a third place finish, as well as having hosted the 2006 contest in Athens. In 2005, Rouvas won the World Music Award for "World's Best-Selling Greek Artist", becoming only the third Greek artist in history recording and residing in Greece to receive the award, and to date only male. Rouvas was also Greece's representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, taking place from May 12–16 in Moscow, Russia with the song "This Is Our Night".

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