Sarbel Yassou Maria
Yassou Maria (Greek: Γειά σου Μαρία) is the song that was sung by Sarbel, who represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. It was released as a CD single on March 7, 2007 by Sony BMG Greece. The title track is composed by Alex Papaconstantinou and Marcus Englöf with lyrics by "Mack". Yassou Maria went gold in Greece on the June 7, 2007.
Before Eurovision, ERT put together a national final to pick the song and singer to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. They picked Sarbel, Tamta, and Christos Dantis.
Sarbel enlisted the help of popular Swedish-Greek composer Alex Papakonstantinou who is responsible for big hits by Elena Paparizou.
At the national final, Sarbel was accompanied on stage by four female dancers, with blue lights and fire in the background. He wore black leather pants and a silver shirt. The choreography was complex which led with some problems with his microphone.
The public chose the song as the winner voting 44.45% while the Jury also appointed him the winner giving him 17.46%. All together, he got an average of 39.69% votes.
The CD single was released on March 7, 2007 in Greece and Cyprus by Sony BMG Greece. It includes a duet by Swedish singer Cameron, as well as a remixed song and a Greeklish Version of Yassou Maria. It reached the top position in both countries, being certified gold in Greece.
He has visited Istanbul and Sweden. In Istanbul, he visited the markets with huge success of commercial for his song. In Sweden he came bringing with him T-shirts, hats and Cd's for the Greek immigrants in Sweden. He has performed in a famous Swedish bar, and has been shown around Stockholm.