Greek pop diva Elena Paparizou rocketed to global fame in 2005 when her "My Number One" claimed top honors in the annual Eurovision Song Contest. Born January 31, 1982, in Västergötland, Sweden, to Greek immigrant parents, Paparizou -- whose first name is often spelled "Helena" in international markets -- was raised in Gothenburg, where as a child she studied singing as well as dancing and acting. At 17, she teamed with fellow Greek-Swede Nikos Panagiotidis to form the dance-pop duo Antique. Their debut single, a cover of Notis Sfakianakis' "Opa-Opa," emerged as a breakout hit, entering the Top Ten across Scandinavia and becoming the first act to climb into the Swedish Top Five with a record sung in Greek. The follow-up, "Dinata Dinata," was also a smash, and Antique subsequently scored with the singles "Follow Me" and "Moro Mou." In 2001, the duo also represented Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "(I Would) Die for You," capturing third place behind Estonia and host nation Denmark.