Maria Elena Kyriakou (Μαρία Έλενα Κυριάκου; born 11 January 1984) is a Greek Cypriot singer best known for winning the first season of The Voice of Greece under the mentorship of Despina Vandi. She represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with her song "One Last Breath".
Biography and career
Maria Elena Kyriakou was born on 11 January 1984 in Larnaca, Cyprus and has lived there since then. She has three siblings; one brother Kyriacos Pavlou and two sisters. At the age of 13, her mother registered her at a music school. Years later, she studied philosophy at the University of Ioannina and during the first year she got a proposition from Giannis Ploutarchos which she did not accept as she preferred to concentrate on her studying. After 2 years in the University of Ioannina she decided to move back to her home country. She then continued her studies in the University of Cyprus. After her graduation she opened her own tutorial class. In 2011, her mother applied for Maria Elena to audition for Greek Idol but did not go to the auditions.
Kyriakou is one of the four children in her family among them the known Cypriot footballer Kyriacos Pavlou. In 2006, she married Cypriot sports journalist Gregoris Gregoriou, with whom she has three children; Kyriakou and Gregoriou divorced in 2011.