Maria Elena Kyriakou
20150511 ESC 2015 Maria Elena Kyriakou 4458
Kyriakou in 2015
Background information
Born (1984-01-11) 11 January 1984 (age 34)
Larnaca, Cyprus
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2014–present
Labels Minos EMI (2014–present)
Associated acts Despina Vandi

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

Early life

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.

Personal life

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.


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
Dio ageloi sti gi
(in Greek Δυο Άγγελοι Στη Γη)
  • Released: TBA
  • Label: Minos EMI
  • Formats: CD, CD/DVD, Digital Download


Title Original title
(in Greek)
Year Peak chart positions Album
"Dio Egoismoi" "Δύο Εγωισμοί" 2014 Dio ageloi sti gi
"Dio ageloi sti gi" "Δυο Άγγελοι Στη Γη"
"One Last Breath" 2015
"Mia anapnoi"
(Greek version of "One Last Breath")
"Μια Αναπνοή"
Featured in
  • 2015: "The Otherside" (Tamar Kaprelian featuring Elhaida Dani, Elina Born, Maria-Elena Kyriakou & Stephanie Topalian)


Year Title Role Note
2014 The Voice of Greece Herself Contestant
2015 Eurosong 2015 - a MAD show Herself Contestant
2015 Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Herself Contestant
19th place


Year Contest Award Result
2015 MAD Video Music Awards Best new artist Won