- Sakis Rouvas
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Sakis Rouvas
Img_capt = Sakis Rouvas live in
Thessalonikiat "Politia" in May 2008
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Anastasios Rouvas
Alias = Sakis Rouvas, Anastasakis Rouvas
Born = birth date and age|1972|01|05
Mandouki, Corfu, Greece
Instrument = Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Percussion
Voice_type = Tenor
Genre = pop, Dance,
Dance-Pop, R&B, Soul, Pop-Rock
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Athlete, Model, Actor
Years_active = 1991-present
URL = [http://www.sakisrouvas.com/ www.sakisrouvas.com]
Anastasios "Sakis" Rouvas ( _el. Σάκης Ρουβάς; born
January 5, 1972in Mandouki, Corfu, Greece) is a popular Greek singerborn and raised in Corfu, Greece.cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/artists/?id=146&m=bio|title=Σάκης Ρουβάς: ΒΙΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΟ|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] He is best known for his participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004representing Greece as well as hosting the 2006 contest in Athens. He has had a long musical career in both Greece and Cyprus and has had many hits over the years.
Childhood & Origins
Rouvas was born on
January 5 1972in the village of Mandoukion the Greek island of Corfuto parents Kostas Rouvas and Anna-Maria Panaretou. He has one younger brother named Tolis. His father was a driver, while his mother worked at a Duty Freestore at the local airport.
His talents were revealed from a young age; at age four, his athletic abilities began to show. Both of his parents had some background in theater, and at age ten, Rouvas starred in his first major theatrical production, "An I Karharies Itan Anthropi" (If Sharks were People), which quickly sold out local theaters in Corfu. His much older co-stars were amazed at his talent, and they soon label him "The Miracle Child". Soon after, Rouvas discovered his second great love after athletics: music. He soon learned to play guitar by himself and was inspired by international music such as that of
Unfortunately for Rouvas, his family went through troublesome times. In 1984, his parents were divorced, and due to strained relationships between the two, Rouvas and his brother Tolis were forced to move to the village of
Potamos, where they were from then on raised by their paternal grandmother, Elpiniki, and grandfather, Anastasis, who is Rouvas's namesake. His father remarried almost immediately, and Rouvas inherited younger stepbrothers. At the age of twelve, Rouvas was forced to go to work in order to support his father's new family, as well as his mother who was all alone. He also needed money for his academic studies at school and the pursuit of his athletic, theatrical, and musical talents.
At age sixteen, he made his first big turning-point in his career after being accepted as a member of the
Greek National Gymnastics Team. His scores were very high, and he won numerous national and international awards.
However, Rouvas still held onto his love of music. He decided to leave acting, and soon started to do performances at local clubs. He became a member of the
Corfu Band. The first time that everyone got to hear him sing was at the night of his graduation, where he rose onto the stage in front of his classmates and sang his rendition of all of the hits of Elvisand The Beatles.cite web |url=http://www.sakisrouvas.com/en/biography.htm|title=Biography by Official Website|publisher="SakisRouvas.com"|accessdate=2008-07-16]
After graduating, he started working at hotels and night clubs as a singer, however there were too many problematic situations in his life in Corfu, and at the age of seventeen he left Corfu, and moved to
Patrasalone, in hope of better fortune.
1991-1993: First albums
In 1991, Rouvas made his first professional appearance at the "Show Centre" in
Athenswhere he was discovered by Polygramand soon signed to.cite web |url=http://www.musiccorner.gr/biografies/rouvas.html|title=ΣΑΚΗΣ ΡΟΥΒΑΣ|publisher="MusicCorner.gr"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek]
A few months later, Rouvas' made his first official debut at the
Thessaloniki Song Festivalwhere he won first place with the song “Parta” (Take Them) with music by Nikos Terzis and lyrics by Georgos Pavrianos.
Rouvas released his debut album titled "Sakis Rouvas" the day after the festival, which reached number 1 on the
Greek Albums Chart. "Parta" became a number 1 radio hit, while the second single "1992" also became popular. Following the popularity of the album, media attention arose around his fanatic fans, usually teenage girls, who would go crazy over Rouvas.
September 1992, Rouvas released his sophomore album titled "Min Antistekesai" (Don’t Resist), which was also fully composed by Nikos Terzis. The album quickly shot up on the charts, and helped establish him as a top performer.
October 1993, Rouvas released his golden third studio album titled "Gia Sena Sakis Rouvas" (For you Sakis Rouvas) with music by Alexis Papadimitriou and lyrics by Eleni Giannatsoulia. The single "Kane Me" (Make Me) became a big radio hit, while the next singles "To Ksero Eisai Moni" (I know you are alone), and "Ksehaseto" (Forget it) also gained airplay.
1993-2000: Further success
In the winter of
1994, Rouvas collaborated with Nikos Karvelasand Natalia Germanouon his fourth studio album "Aima, Dakria, kai Idrotas" (Blood, Sweat, and Tears) which went Platinum. The songs "Ela Mou" (“Come To Me”) and “Ksana” (“Again”) became huge radio hits, which he is still known by today, and have become a staple at all of his concerts.
Shortly after, Rouvas was called to do his
military service, taking a break from music, which was well covered by the media. A few months later in 1996, Rouvas released his fifth studio album "Tora Arhizoun Ta Diskola" (Now the difficult times begin) which went gold. Since his previous album was a big success, Rouvas once again collaborated with Nikos Karvelasand Natalia Germanou. For the winter season, Rouvas appearanced live with Anna Vissiat club "Chaos" in Athens. In the same year, a fan club for him, "SRFC", was founded, which is now one of the largest fan clubs in Greece.
1997, he was featured on Anna Vissi's hit album Travma, in the duet "Se Thelo, Me Theleis" (I want you, You want me) also composed by Nikos Karvelas.
May 19 1997he performed on stage with Turkishsinger Burak Kutat a bi national concert on the Green Linein Cyprusas a step in the reconciliation of the country. For this, he was awarded the International Ipekçi Prizefor understanding and co-operation. [Athens News Agency, News in English, 19 May 1997 [http://www.hri.org/news/greek/ana/1997/97-05-19.ana.html] ; Radio Antenna1, News in Greek, 4 June 1997 [http://www.hri.org/news/greek/ant1gr/1997/97-06-04.ant1gr.html] ] Politicians Georgos Papandreouand Konstantinos Mitsotakiswon the same award that year. Rouvas and Burak also recored a duet together for the Walt Disneymovie " The Hunchback of Notre Dame" that same year.
Following his album success with
Polygram, Rouvas switched labels and signed with Minos EMI. In December 1998, Rouvas released his sixth studio album "Kati Apo Mena" (Something from me) with Minos EMI. The album was composed by Giorgos Theofanos and became a hit, going gold in two months. The album later reached platinum certification. The song "Den Ehei Sidera I Kardia Sou" (Your heart doesn't have metal bars) become a huge hit, and even today is a song in which Rouvas is known for. For promotion of the album, Rouvas performed live at one of the biggest record stors in Greece: Virgin Megastoresin Athenswhere thousands of fans created a traffic jamin the center of Athens. For the winter season 1991- 2000, Rouvas sang at club "Bio Bio" in Athens, and performed with Katy Garbiin Thessalonikiin the spring. [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=157|title="Eμφανίσεις Γαρμπή, Ρουβά στη Θεσσαλονίκη|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek ]
2000-2004: "21st Akatallilos", "Ola Kala", & "To Hrono Stamatao"
March 2000, Rouvas released his seventh studio album " 21st Akatallilos" (21st X-Rated). [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=175|title="21ος ακατάλληλος"...ο Σάκης Ρουβάς!|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] The album reached 2x Platinum status, and reached number 1 on the charts. On October 25 2000, Rouvas began appearances with Antonis Remos, and Peggy Zinaat club "Apollonas" for the winter season. [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=1426|title=Ρέμος - Ρουβάς!!! |publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek]
That same year, Rouvas was asked by
Pepsito be their spokespersonfor their new summer campaign, a first for a Greek singer. The collaboration with Pepsicontinued in 2001with a TV Ad airing in May 2001[cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=3509|title=Σόκαρε ο Σάκης!|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] and a Sold-out tour of seven large Greek cities called the "'Pepsi Tour 2001".
2001, Rouvas' collaborated with Desmond Childand Phoebus for the CD single "Disco Girl". The single became a hit in Greece, and went Platinum. [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=5869 |title=Πλατινένιο το"Disco Girl"|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] The CD single was also later released in Francewith an English version of the song. [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=6550|title=Στη Γαλλία ο Σάκης|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] For the winter season, Rouvas sang with Despina Vandiat club "Rex" until spring 2002.
March 2002, Rouvas won the award for "Pop Singer of the Year" at the first annual "Arion Awards" for the CD single "Disco Girl". [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=11317|title=Βραβεία Αρίων 2002|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] At the awards, he sang the single "Ola Kala" (Everything is Fine) for the first time.
June 2002, Rouvas released his eighth studio album "Ola Kala" (Everything is fine). Rouvas once again collaborated with Phoebus and Desmond Childfor the album, which was also released in Franceunder an arrangement with Universal MusicFrance. The album became a hit in Greece going gold in eleven days, and platinum in four months. The album settled at 2x Platinum later on. In September 2002, Rouvas' third Pepsicommercial aired.
April 2003, Rouvas appeared with Antonis Remostogether on stage with Nana Mouskouriat the "Arion Awards". [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=11723|title= Μουσικά Βραβεία Αρίων...όλα όσα συνέβησαν!|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] The same year, Rouvas signed a deal with Vodafone Greeceto be their spokesperson. For the summer, Rouvas went on tour around Greece, ending with a big concert at Lycabetuson October 11 2003. In December 2003, Rouvas released his ninth studio album "To Hrono Stamatao" (I stop time). Songs from the album quickly gained radio airplay, while in the same month, Rouvas started appearances at club "Fever" with Giorgos Tsalikis for the winter season. [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=10954|title=Μια πολυσυζητημένη συνεργασία!|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek]
2004: Eurovision Song Contest
March 2004, ERT chose Rouvas to represent Greecein the Eurovision Song Contest 2004. [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=15062|title= O Sakis στη Eurovision 2004|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] In mid- march, the song entry "Shake It" composed by Nikos Terzis premiered on Greek radios. At the end of March, Rouvas performed "Shake It" for the first time live at the third annual "Arion Music Awards". At the awards, he also won the award for "Best Pop Singer" for the album "To Hrono Stamatao". [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=15168|title= Απόψε τα Μουσικά Βραβεία Αρίων|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek]
April, “Shake It” is released as a CD-single and Rouvas began his promotional tour around Europefor the contest. [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=15470|title= Κυκλοφορεί το Shake It|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] His album "To Hrono Stamatao" was also repackaged with the "Shake It" CD-single as a bonus. The CD-single ended up achieving 4x Platinum status.
May 12 2004, Rouvas took part in the EurovisionSemi-final, performing 10th out of 22 in the running oder. He passed the semi-final, and on May 15 2004, he performed 16th out of 24 in the Final. For the stage show, Rouvas had two female dancers with him, and three backing vocalists. Fokas Evagelinos did the choreography. "Shake It" achieved 3rd place in the final.
June 2004, Rouvas performed at the first "MAD Video Music Awards" where he sang "Shake It". [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=15919|title=Το Line Up των MAD VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS!|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] At the awards, he won the award for "Sexiest Appearance" for his music video "Pes Tis" (Tell her). In August 2004, Rouvas also performed at the closing ceremony for the 2004 Summer Olympics, where he was lowered on to the stage from the air and sang traditional Greek songs.
In fall 2004, Rouvas did a duet with Russian singer
Philip Kirkorovin Greek and Russian called "Se Thelo San Trelos" (I want you like crazy). The single became a radio hit in Russia, and a music video was filmed shortly after in Saint Petersburg.
October 2004, Rouvas was a special guest star at three concerts with Nana Mouskouri. Two months later in December, Rouvas began performances with Giorgos Mazonakisand Elena Paparizouat club "Fever".
2005-2006: S'Eho Erotefti & "Iparhi Agapi Edo"
April 5, 2005, Rouvas wins the award for "CD Single with the Highest Sales of 2004" for "Shake It" at the fourth "Arion Music Awards". Rouvas also appears on stage dancing the tango.
April 6, 2005, Rouvas released his tenth studio album "S'Eho Eroteftei" (I'm in love with you) which goes platinum in five months, and ends at 3x Platinum. [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=18399|title= Sakis, Sakis, Sakis!|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] With the help of Vodafone Greeceas main sponsors, release parties for the CD are held in ' Heraklion, Corfu, Thessaloniki, and Athensall on the same day, where Rouvas was present at. The songs "S'Eho Erotefti", "Hilia Milia" (Thousands of Miles), "Mila Tis" (Talk to her), "Na M'Agapas" (Love me), and "Cairo" all become radio hits. That same year, Rouvas also won the " World Music Awards" for "Best selling Greek artist" of 2004. [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=19197|title=Οι νικητές των World Music Awards|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek]
For the winter season of 2005-2006, Rouvas decided to take a break and lived in
Los Angeles. [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=19320|title=Sakis news|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek ] On February 14, 2006, he holds a concert for Valentines dayfor his fans, where he sang ballads. The concert was recorded and video-taped, with the main sponsors of the concert were Vodafone Greeceand radio station "Rythmos 94.9". The live performance was later released as a CD/DVD in April 2006titled "Live Ballads", Rouvas' first live CD/DVD. The CD featured 2 new studio tracks, "Horis Kardia" (Without a heart), and an English version of "S'Eho Eroteftei" titled "I'm in Love with You". [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=20567|title=Τα νέα τραγούδια του Σάκη|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek]
April 3, 2006, Rouvas sang "Horis Kardia" (Without a Heart) at the "Arion Music Awards", where he also wins the award for "Best Pop Album" and "Best Pop Singer" for the album "S'Eho Eroteftei". [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=20731|title=Όλα όσα έγιναν στα "Αρίων"|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] In the same month, Rouvas re-signs his contract with Vodafone Greece, while production company "Village Roadshow" announces that Rouvas will star in their new film.
May2006, the Eurovision Song Contest 2006is held in Athens, Greecesince Greece won it the year before. Rouvas was asked by ERTto host with Maria Menounosthe Semi-final and final in English, Greek and French. [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=20839|title=Sakis all the way|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek}] At the Semi-finals, Rouvas opens the show by singing the song "Love shine a light" with Maria Menounos. For the intermision, Rouvas performed his song "I'm in love with you". [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=21298|title=Σήμερα ο ημιτελικός της Eurovision|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek]
June 14, 2006, Rouvas preformed "Agapa Me" (Love Me) and "Na M'Agapas" (You should love me) at the third "MAD Video Music Awards". [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=21631|title=Σήμερα τα MAD VMA 2006!|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] Rouvas also wins the awards for "Best Video by a Male artist" for "Na M'Agapas" and "Best Dressed Artist in a Video" for "Mila Tis". That same month, Rouvas also dubs the Greek version of the Disneymovie " Cars". In the summer, he also started filming on the movie "Alter Ego".
December 6, 2006, Rouvas releases his eleventh studio album titled "Iparhi Agapi Edo" (There is love here). The songs "Ego Travo Zori" (I'm having a hard time) and "Iprahi Agapi Edo" become radio hits, while the song "Ola Giro Sou Girizoun" (Everything revolves around you) composed by Dimitris Kontopoulosbecame a mega dance hit on Greek radios. The album debuted at number 1, and reached 2x platinum.
2007-Present: "Alter Ego", "This is My Live" & "Eurovision Song Contest 2009"
May 2007, the film "Alter Ego" by "Village Roadshow Productions" staring Rouvas is released. The film was one of the most expensive productions in Greece. The film receives mixed reviews. The soundtrack of the film was recorded by the cast and Rouvas, while the theme song to the movie "Zise Ti Zoi" (Live life) by Rouvas becomes a radio hit. [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=21491|title=Στο studio o Σάκης Ρουβάς|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] On June 29, 2008, "Alter Ego" was screened in Los Angelesat a Greek festival. [cite web|url=http://beta.mad.tv/news/new.php?id=31632&c=showbiz|title=Σε διεθνή παραγωγή ο Σάκης|date=2008-07-17|publisher="MAD TV"|language=Greek|accessdate=2008-07-20]
In March, Rouvas started performances at club "Boom" in
Thessalonikiwith Despina Vandi. [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=24162|title=Σε ένα μήνα Δέσποινα και Σάκης μαζί|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] At the end of April, Rouvas held a big concert in Syntagma Squareas part of Vodafone Greece's promotional campaign.
September 10, 2007gives a concert at Lycabetusas part of a OPAP's campaign for voluntary blood donations. The concert was also recorded, and released as a CD/DVD on December 12, 2007titled "This is my live". [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=27824|title=12 Δεκεμβρίου το live του Σάκη|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-16|language=Greek] In the winter of 2007-2008, Rouvas went on tour with Antonis Remosto Australiaand North America.
On May 19, 2008, Sakis started sining with Peggy Zina at "Politia" club in
In July 2008, Rouvas released his new single "Kai Se Thelo" (And I want you) as a digital single. The song, composed by
Dimitris Kontopoulos, has become a dance hit and has reached number 1 on the Greek airplay charts. [cite web |url=http://www.mad.tv/news/?id=31634|title=Και τη θέλει την κορυφή!|publisher="MAD TV" |date=2008-07-16 |accessdate=2008-07-16]
Rouvas' had stated in an interview on "Nitro Radio" in June, that he would like to represent Greece in 2009. On
July 15, 2008, ERTalso confirmed that Rouvas will be Greece's participant in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009once again [cite web |url=http://news.ert.gr/en/c/7/406752.asp|title=Ο Σάκης Ρουβάς και πάλι στη EUROVISION|publisher="ERT" |date=2008-07-16 |accessdate=2008-07-16|author=ERT Staff] and that Dimitris Kontopouloswill be the composer of the song. [cite web |url=http://www.oikotimes.com/v2/index.php?file=articles&id=3818|title=Greece decided, Sakis for Moscow|publisher="Oikotimes" |date=2008-07-15 |accessdate=2008-07-16|author=Jones, John]
July 2008it was announced that Rouvas will be the host for the first season of the Greek version of The X Factor to be aired on ANT1channel in Fall 2008. [cite web |url=http://beta.mad.tv/news/new.php?id=31659&c=showbiz|title=Ο Σάκης παρουσιαστής του Χ Factor|publisher="MAD TV"|accessdate=2008-07-19|language=Greek]
For the winter season
2008to 2009, Rouvas will be appearing with the Maggira sisters in a musical show, a first for Rouvas. [cite web|url=http://beta.mad.tv/news/new.php?id=31714&c=news|title=Με τις Μαγγίρες ο Σάκης το χειμώνα|date=2008-07-22|publisher="MAD TV"|language=Greek|accessdate=2008-07-23]
*1991: "Sakis Rouvas"
*1992: "Min Andistekese"
*1993: "Yia Sena"
*1994: "Aima, Dakrya & Idrotas"
*1996: "Tora Arhizoun Ta Dyskola"
*1998: "Kati Apo Mena"
*2000: "21os Akatallilos"
*2002: "Ola Kala"
*2003: "To Hrono Stamatao"
*2005: "S'eho Erotefthi"
*2006: "Iparhi Agapi Edo"
*2006: "LIVE Ballads"
*2007: "This Is My Live"
*1998: "Theleis I Den Theleis"
*2001: "Disco Girl"
*2002: "Ola Kala"
*2003: "The Light"
*2003: "Pes Tis"
*2003: "Dis Lui"
*2004: "Shake It"
*2004: "Se Thelo San Trelos / Kak Sumacheshkidij Ya"
*2005: "Na M'agapas"
*2007: "Zise Ti Zoi"
*2008: "Kai Se Thelo"
*1996: "I Panayia tis Parisis"
*2007: "ALTER EGO"
*2007: "Stous 31 Dromous"
*2008: "Upcoming Soundtrack for Greek Film"-TBR
*1999: "Me Kommeni Tin Anasa"
*2001: "Sakis Rouvas"
*2005: "Sakis Rouvas: The Ultimate Collection - Music & Video: 1991-1996"
*2007: "Ta Erotika"
*2007: "Sakis: Ap'Tin Arhi"
He is in a relationship with the famous Greek
super model Katia Zygouli. She is expecting their first child.fact|date=September 2008
* [http://www.sakisrouvas.com Official website]
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