|"(I Would) Die for You"|
|Single by Antique|
|from the album Die for You|
|Released||March 6, 2001|
|Antique singles chronology|
|Eurovision Song Contest 2001 entry|
|◄ "Mia Krifi Evesthisia" (1998)|
|"S.A.G.A.P.O." (2002) ►|
"(I Would) Die for You" is a song released by Antique, a duo consisting of Elena Paparizou and Nikos Panagiotidis, both born and raised in Sweden by Greek parents. It was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001, performed in English and Greek (the first Greek entry not to be performed entirely in Greek).
Prior to entering the contest the group had had two Top 10 hits in both Greece and Sweden, "Opa Opa" and "Dinata Dinata". "(I Would) Die for You" was released as a CD single by Bonnier Music and EMI International following the contest. The CD single was certified platinum in Greece and gold in Sweden. The song was included on Antique's second album, Die for You, released as Die for You/Tha Pethaina Gia Sena in the Greek market.
The song was performed twenty-second on the night following Malta's Fabrizio Faniello with "Another Summer Night" and preceding Denmark's Rollo & King with "Never Ever Let You Go". At the close of voting, it had received 147 points (12 points from Spain and Sweden), placing 3rd in a field of 23.
The song, with lyrics by Antonis Pappas and music by Nikos Terzis, who would later compose "Love Me Tonight" for Belarus, is an up-tempo number inspired in part by Greek folk music. Lyrically, it deals with the realization on the part of the singers, who sing in unison for most of the performance, that their love is all that matters. They tell each other that "I would die for you/Look into my eyes and see it's true".
The contest performance was a relatively static affair, with both singers as well as the backing vocalists standing in front of microphones to sing. Elena Paparizou, however, wore a tight white outfit, standing out against the black-clad backing singers and her duet partner. While the contest had by this point embraced pre-recorded music, Nikos Panagiotidis performed with the traditional Greek instrument bouzouki throughout.