Sony BMG Greece executives are confident that the country's inaugural victory in the 50th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday (May 21) will convert into album sales.

Sony BMG Greece executives are confident that the country's inaugural victory in the 50th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday (May 21) will convert into album sales.

Helena Paparizou and her song "My Number One" became Greece's first victory in the competition, which the country first entered in 1974. It was the record for the longest time between a country's first entry and victory.

Written by Christos Dantis and Natalia Germanou, the song collected 230 points from 39 countries at the gala in the Ukraine capital Kiev.

Sony BMG Greece managing director Dimitris Yiermenitis says he is optimistic that the single will raise the profile for Paparizou's album "Proteraiotita - Euro Edition", on which it appears. The set has achieved platinum status at home, selling more than 40,000 copies.

The record company plans to release the English-language album across Europe next month. Yiermenitis says he anticipates it will prove a hit both in Europe and the United States.

Sweden-born Paparizou has competed once before in the contest, taking third place in 2001 as part of Antique with "(I Would) Die for You."

This year, she had the support of public broadcaster ERT, the Hellenic Tourism Organization and the Greek tourist ministry. Paparizou was recently appointed to front the current "Live Your Myth in Greece" tourism campaign.

Chiara of Malta came second in the competition with her self-penned "Angel," which will be included on her forthcoming album, "Another Piece Of My Heart" (Bridgefarm Productions).

Romania's Luminita Anghel and group Sistem placed third with "Let me Try".

The 2006 Eurovision Song Contest will be organized by ERT in Athens on May 20, most likely at the Olympic Stadium.

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