On Friday, Helena Paparizou performed on the first semifinal of The Voice Greece. She did so in order to honour the late Marie Fredriksson. The Roxette singer passed away last Monday at the age of 61.
Love from Helena Paparizou
The 2005 Eurovision Song Contest winner is one of the coaches on The Voice Greece. As part of the interval act during Friday’s show, Paparizou performed two songs. First, she opened with “It Must Have Been Love”. The 1986 single was one of Roxette’s biggest hits in their long and outstanding career. The song is a true classic large parts of Europe.
After “It Must Have Been Love”, Helena Paparizou decided to go for an a capella rendition of one of Marie Fredriksson’s solo efforts: “Sparvöga”, one of her songs in Swedish. During the show, Paparizou also sang her own single “Askopa Xenihtia“.
A shock went through music loving Europe last Monday when the news broke that Marie Fredriksson had passed. The Roxette singer was just 61 years of age.
The Swedish band, consisting of Per Gessle and Fredriksson, had their international breakthrough in the early 1990s. Their success was immense and their popularity remained intact until the very end. In 2002, Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She never fully recovered afterwards. Just a few years ago, in 2016, her doctors advised her to cease all touring activity with immediate effect. She sadly passed away last week after a recurrence of a previous brain tumor.
Watch Helena Paparizou pay tribute to Roxette’s Marie Fredriksson below: