Stefania (singer)

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Stefania
Liberakakis in 2020
Liberakakis in 2020
Background information
Birth nameStefania Liberakakis
Born (2002-12-17) 17 December 2002 (age 19)
Utrecht, Netherlands
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer, actress, voice actress, YouTuber
Years active2013–present
Websitestefaniamusic.eu

Stefania Liberakakis (Greek: Στεφανία Λυμπερακάκη, romanizedStefanía Lymperakáki; born 17 December 2002), known simply as Stefania, is a Dutch singer, voice actress and YouTuber. She is a former member of the girl group Kisses, which represented the Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016. In 2020, she was internally selected to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song "Supergirl", but this edition of the contest was later cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1][2] The Greek broadcaster ERT decided that Liberakakis would represent Greece in the 2021 contest, this time with the song "Last Dance", with which she finished in tenth place.[3][4]

Career

Early career

In 2013, Liberakakis was a contestant in the third season of The Voice Kids in the Netherlands. She joined Team Borsato after her blind audition, but was eliminated in the battle rounds. She then joined the children's choir Kinderen voor Kinderen, which she left after two years.[5]

The Voice Kids performances and results
Episode Song Original artist Result
Blind Audition "No One" Alicia Keys Joined Team Marco Borsato
The Battles "Hoe" (How) Nielson & Miss Montreal Eliminated

2016: Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Liberakakis (center) performing at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016

In 2016, Liberakakis auditioned for Junior Songfestival, the Dutch preselection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. She was internally chosen to represent the Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Valletta as part of the girl group Kisses. The group performed the song "Kisses and Dancin'" and placed 8th out of 17 entries.[5]

2017–2019: Solo career and acting

In 2018, Liberakakis released her first solo single named "Stupid Reasons". In 2019, she released three more singles: "Wonder", "I'm Sorry (Whoops!)" and "Turn Around". In June 2019, she performed a cover of the song "Con Calma" (together with Konnie Metaxa and Ilenia Williams) at the MAD Video Music Awards, which was broadcast on Greek television.[5]

From 2018 onwards, she stars as Fenna in the TV-series Brugklas (English: The First Years). She also starred in the Dutch movies Brugklas: De tijd van m'n leven, De Club van Lelijke Kinderen (as singer) and 100% Coco New York (as Lilly).[5]

Eurovision Song Contest 2020 and 2021

In late 2019, Liberakakis was named as a potential candidate to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 to be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.[6] On 3 February 2020, it was confirmed by broadcaster ERT that she had indeed been selected to succeed Katerine Duska as the Greek representative.[1] She would have performed the song "Supergirl" in the second semi-final on 14 May 2020.[1] However, on 18 March, the EBU announced the cancellation of the contest due to COVID-19 pandemic.[2] On the same day, ERT announced that Greece will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, with Stefania as the country's representative.[3]

In the 2021 Contest, Stefania participated with the song "Last Dance", which was released on 10 March 2021.[7] She performed the song in the second semi-final, in which she also qualified for the final, on 20 May 2021.[8] Stefania was accompanied on stage by dancers George Papadopoulos, Nikos Koukakis, Markos Giakoumoglou and Costas Pavlopoulos, while Fokas Evangelinos was the choreographer and the artistic director of the entry.[9][10] Stefania performed in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, where she finished in 10th place.

Personal life

She was born to Greek parents, Koula and Spyros Liberakakis, in Utrecht, Netherlands.[11][12] Her family originates from Thourio and Sofiko, small villages in Evros, Greece.[13][14] She is niece of the Greek actor Yannis Stankoglou.[15] She was in a relationship with fellow Dutch singer Jannes Heuvelmans, who represented the Netherlands in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 as part of the boyband FOURCE.[16]

Discography

Singles

As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
GRE
[17]
NLD
[18]
LIT SWE
[19]
UK
Down.

[20]
"Muziek laat je dromen" 2014 Feest
(vol. 35)
"Wereldplan"
"Nu het feestje voorbij is"
"Waarom moet ik gaan?" 2015 Raar maar waar
(vol. 36)
"Eventjes alleen"
"Leef met elkaar"
"Stupid Reasons" 2018 Non-album singles
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" L'esprit de Noël (comp.)
"Wonder"
(from the Dutch version of Wonder Park)
2019 Non-album singles
"I'm Sorry (Whoops!)"
"Over and Over Again"
(with Jannes)
"Turn Around"
"Supergirl" 2020 19
"Friday"
"Swipe" (with Rein van Duivenboden)
"Last Dance" 2021 24 45 35 79 75
"Mucho Calor" 155 44
"Wait No More" 2022
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As part of Kisses

Title Year Album
"Kisses and Dancin'" 2016 Non-album singles

Filmography

Television

Year(s) Title Role Notes
2018–2020 Brugklas Fenna & Stefania Season 7 & 8
2020 Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light Herself Guest via video message
2021 Your Face Sounds Familiar Guest star on the 8th live show
Eurovision Song Contest 2021 Greek entrant – 10th place

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Brugklas: De tijd van m'n leven Fenna
Wonder Park June Dutch voice
100% Coco New York Lilly
De Club van Lelijke Kinderen Singer of propaganda song
Trouble Zoe Bell Dutch voice
2020 Dolittle Lady Rose Dutch voice

References

  1. ^ a b c "Stefania to sing 'SUPERG!RL' for Greece at Eurovision 2020". Eurovision.tv. 3 February 2020. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Eurovision 2020 cancelled".
  3. ^ a b "🇬🇷 ΕΛΛΑΔΑ: Η ΕΡΤ θέλει τη Στεφανία και για τη Eurovision 2021!". OGAE Greece (in Greek). 18 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  4. ^ Herbert, Emily (18 March 2020). "Greece: Stefania Will Represent Greece at Eurovision 2021". Eurovoix. Archived from the original on 20 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d "Stefania". EGO Company (in Dutch). Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  6. ^ Kevorkian, Krikor (28 December 2019). "🇬🇷 ΕΛΛΑΔΑ: Σχεδόν επίσημο: Η Stefania στο Rotterdam με pop κομμάτι!". OGAE Greece (in Greek). Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  7. ^ van Lith, Nick (10 March 2021). "🇬🇷 Stefania reveals Eurovision song "Last Dance" for Greece". ESCXTRA. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  8. ^ Groot, Evert (17 November 2020). "2020 Semi-Final line-up to stay for 2021". eurovision.tv. Eurovision Song Contest. Archived from the original on 18 November 2020. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  9. ^ Luukela, Sami (22 February 2021). "'Last Dance' by Stefania to be released on March 10th". ESCXtra. Archived from the original on 22 February 2020.
  10. ^ Fotopoulos, Akis (29 March 2020). "Fokas Evangelinos: I'll be next to Stefania at Eurovision 2021". Ethnos. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Στεφανία Λυμπερακάκη: Το Eurovision girl φωτογραφίζεται για πρώτη φορά με τη μαμά της και κάνει αποκαλύψεις". TLIFE (in Greek). 4 March 2021. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  12. ^ "Eurovision 2020 | Η 17χρονη Στεφανία με καταγωγή από τον Έβρο ξεσπά σε δάκρυα χαράς • Top Stories" (in Greek). Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Eurovision 2020: H Στεφανία Λυμπερακάκη με καταγωγή από τον Έβρο θα εκπροσωπήσει την Ελλάδα". e-evros.gr (in Greek). 4 February 2020. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Eurovision 2021: Έτσι θα εμφανιστεί η Εβρίτισσα Στεφανία Λυμπερακάκη στην σκηνή – Η πρώτη πρόβα της". EVROS NEWS (in Greek). Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  15. ^ "Γιάννης Στάνκογλου - Στεφανία Λυμπερακάκη: Σχέσεις στοργής - Το κορίτσι της Eurovision και ο διάσημος θείος του". ProtoThema (in Greek). 17 March 2021. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  16. ^ "Η Στεφανία Λυμπερακάκη είναι ζευγάρι με έναν νεαρό τραγουδιστή [βίντεο]". Sigmalive Magazine (in Greek). 5 February 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  17. ^ "Official IFPI Charts-Digital Singles Chart" (in Greek). IFPI.gr. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Discografie Stefania". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  19. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 21". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Downloads Chart: 28 May 2021 – 3 June 2021". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 May 2021.

External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest
2020 (cancelled)
2021
Succeeded by
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article: Stefania (singer). Articles is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.