22 Feb 2007

Sakis & Despina: Together in Thessaloniki ~ Down Town Feb 07

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I think that once upon a time at some awards ceremony I had screamed "Sakiiiiiii!!!", but now I play it cool and mature. Sakis Rouvas on the other hand is. Cool and mature too. Of course if he lets me a little loose I'm ready to scream "Sakiiiii!!!" again. It's probably some kind of reflex! Even if he is approachable, friendly and polite. And complicated too. Much more complicated than he lets us suspect...

You have finished shooting the "Alter Ego" film, you gave a concert with Nova for the night of the Oscars, at the 1st of March you're starting shows in Salonica with Despina Vandi, you have released your album that became double platinum. Are you doing a lot of things because you feel very creative, or did it just happen?
I feel it's pandemonium. I'm engaged in so many things which keep me active and happy. I'm "filling up" at this time.

The film was a surprise to your audience. How did you decide to say "yes" and how did you like the experience? Would you like to be an actor?
Wait till you see the outcome and then you'll tell me if it's a surprise or not. I liked a lot the whole process of the shootings and the aftermath. Yet it was not something I didn't work a lot for or wasn't ready for. I had done a lot of work previously, with my instructor in America.

I was reading on the internet about the predictions an astologist has made for you, and he said that you will have a proposal from Hollywood. Even if not from Hollywood, would you accept another proposal for a film?
There's not a standard answer to that, because it all depends on multiple parameters. This film did not come by chance. It happened after a lot of discussion with the people of Village, after a lot of planning that led to a mutual creation. I liked the experience very much and if I happened to have a similarly serious proposition and an interesting screenplay that would challenge me, then yes, I would do it again.

You're going to appear in Salonica after six years, together with a lady singer who is at home. Does this city mean something deeper to you?
Don't forget that I started my career at the Salonica song festival, which means this city is a great part of my life. I may have not been there for the last six years but I used to be there every year and I have had some very beautiful moments. I'm attached to it. It also has amazing food. And - I don't know how or why, in what magical way - this city always makes you have fun. It has its own magic...

We've been through a lot together. You, and we as your audience. From "Par'ta" to your military service, "Aima dakrya & idrotas", the Ipektsi award, the japanese skirt, the Eurovision. Were we - your fans - good to you, or were we sometimes too much on you, unfair, tiring?
I think the audience all these years has been wonderful. It's power. In difficult and ugly occasions the audience empowered me so that I endured and at the end I had a good time with them. Whatever I have given out I received it back multiplied. And it's true, we've been through a lot together.

You're the girls' and women's beloved in Greece. Do you sometimes get uneasy by the prospect of growing old and wearing down? Does ageing frighten you?
Up to now time has been good to me. I haven't felt it like a burden. I generally have a very good relation with time. I take experience and maturity from it and it makes me better. I believe that if this continues I won't have any reason to feel bad about it. Whatever time takes away from us it gives it back in multiple, in other forms perhaps.

Is this worship, this frenzy about you, addictive?
I shall tell you the truth, that it is absolutely, so absolutely addictive. I can assure you about it. I don't know how to describe what I feel, but the energy you receive is amazing. For instance, think that a human being loves you very much and that makes you feel self-confidence, joy, fulfilment, happiness. Consider now 10.000 people who love you. How do you feel? Isn't it an addiction? And this feeling is so beautiful that you're constantly asking for it. Yes. I am addicted. That's my own drug.

You're not someone who allows questions about his personal life, even though you don't hide your relationship. But why does talking about it bother you? Does indiscretion annoy you?
Our personal life is our own business, that's exactly why it's called personal and private. We are entitled to to keep it as personal as we like and we should all respect the limits of the others. It's annoying when someone tries to violate you, to get beyond the point where you allow them to approach. It's annoying.

When I told my mother and my 3-year-old daughter that I would be talking with you, they both screamed. Isn't it too hard for you to be faithful with all those available women of all ages around?
Wow! I like the way you think! No, it's not hard. I think that one is what one wants to be. I am what I choose to be in the current state of life, even if I reconsider later on. I weigh things, I take account of what the experience has to offer to my life and I enjoy what I finally choose. We are always our choices.

If you began you career from the start, would you make different choices?
What a pity we won't ever know that! But you know, I'm happy for what I have done, for everything, because it's the sum of my choices and all I have learned from good and bad moments have become experience. I'm happy for all of them. I wish the best is yet to come, that's why we all try and advance in life, in order to meet it. We always lay our hopes in it.

Yes. Do you have human weaknesses Saki? Are you jealous, frightened, do you have nightmares at night, do you get panick attacks?
All of that, you can add as much, and a few more. Everything has happened to me. Don't have a doubt about it.

Magazine: Down Town, February 2007

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21 Feb 2007

Στο "ΒΟΟΜ" με κάλαντα σε ρυθμό "Shake it" και "Γεια" στο "REX"

Πρίν απο λίγο καιρό, όταν Σάκης πήγε να δει τη Δέσποινα στο REX, έκαναν άθελά τους μια πρόβα για τη συνεργασία τους που θα δούμε στη συμπρωτεύουσα.

Σε λίγες μέρες, δυο λαμπερά αστέρια του ελληνικού στερεώματος θα μοιράζονται την ίδια σκηνή. Η Δέσποινα Βανδή και ο Σάκης Ρουβάς επέλεξαν τη Θεσσαλονίκη για την πρεμιέρα της νέας τους συνεργασίας. Οι δύο καλλιτέχνες κάνουν εντατικές πρόβες για το πρόγραμμά τους, το οποίο σύμφωνα με τους συντελεστές του, επιφυλάσσει πολλές εκπλήξεις. Ο πυρετός ανεβαίνει, ενώ στο "ΒΟΟΜ", όπου θα φιλοξενηθούν, πνέει αέρας ανανέωσης. Σύμφωνα με τις πληροφορίες μας, ο χώρος διαμορφώνεται κατάληλα, προκειμένου να καλωσορίσει τους δυο star, με νέο image. Η Δέσποινα Βανδή είναι ενθουσιασμένη, γιατί επιθυμούσε απο καιρό να τραγουδήσει στην πόλη που την ανέδειξε, έχοντας στο πλευρό της τον Σάκη για "Alter ego" της. Στο μεταξύ, η Δέσποινα ανακοίνωσε επίσημα οτι σταματάει και η επτάχρονη συνεργασία της με το "REX", ώστε την ερχόμενη σεζόν να αλλάξει χώρο και να ανανεωθεί εφ' όλης της ύλης.
Περιοδικό HELLO

17 Feb 2007

Δέσποινα-Σάκης: το photo session! (eng)

Νεότερα για το νέο hot ντουέτο που ετοιμάζεται να "ανέβει" στη συμπρωτεύουσα... μόνο στο mad.tv!

Όπως γράφαμε και πριν λίγες μέρες, από την 1η Μαρτίου, Δέσποινα Βανδή και Σάκης Ρουβάς θα βρίσκονται στην Θεσσαλονίκη, για μία σειρά περιορισμένων εμφανίσεων στο νυχτερινό κέντρο "Boom".

Τα latest news για το hot σχήμα λένε πως μόλις χθες Δέσποινα και Σάκης φωτογραφήθηκαν για το promo poster των εμφανίσεών τους, ενώ τη φωτογράφηση επιμελήθηκε ο Χρήστος Καραντζόλας, υπεύθυνος και για τη φωτογράφηση της Δέσποινας στη φετινή της αφίσα για το "Rex".

To concept της φωτογράφησης είναι απλό και sexy, ενώ δεν υπάρχει λόγος να σας πούμε περισσότερα γι' αυτό, μιας και την Δευτέρα θα τα δείτε όλα πρώτοι μέσα από το mad.tv... Υπομονή!

Το παζλ της συνεργασίας Δέσποινας Βανδή και Σάκη Ρουβά σιγά σιγά ολοκληρώνεται. Σειρά έχει σήμερα η κοινή τους αφίσα...

Η αφίσα που βλέπετε εδώ είναι από σήμερα «στον αέρα» στη Θεσσαλονίκη - η κοινή αυτή φωτογράφιση είχε γίνει 6 Φεβρουαρίου και μόλις σήμερα το τελικό αποτέλεσμα είναι στο mad.tv για τα μάτια σας μόνο.

Οι δυο τους είναι ήδη σε κοινές πρόβες για να ολοκληρώσουν τόσο το μουσικό όσο και το εικαστικό μέρος του προγράμματος, ένα πρόγραμμα που ξεκινάει πρώτη Μαρτίου (διάβασε όλα τα infos εδώ). Η σκηνογραφία και οι χορογραφίες του εν λόγω προγράμματος ανήκουν στον Φωκά Ευαγγελινό ενώ η μουσική επιμέλεια στον Τόνυ Κονταξάκη.

Όλα αυτά συμβαίνουν την ώρα που η Δέσποινα σταματάει οριστικά τη συνεργασία της με το "Rex" και μελετάει το επόμενό της βήμα για το 2007 - 2008 ενώ ο Σάκης έχει ολοκληρώσει πλέον τα γυρίσματα του "Alter Ego" και τόσο αυτός όσο και οι συνεργάτες του βλέπουν σε σχεδόν καθημερινή βάση τις πρώτες ολοκληρωμένες σεκάνς του εν λόγω film.

Despina Vandi & Sakis Rouvas in Thessalonica
Here is some more news about the hottest duet that is ready to take place in Thessalonica.

As it was rumored Sakis Rouvas and Despina Vandi will appear for a few nights at the club: “Boom” in Thessalonica, starting on March 1st.

The latest news is that yesterday Sakis Rouvas and Despina Vandi were photographed for the poster that will soon appear in Thessalonica. The photographer responsible for it was Christos Karantzolas, the man who created the poster for the club “Rex” that Despina was appearing this winter.

The concept of the photo shoot was simple and sexy. The final product of the photo shoot can be seen below.

The artists have already began their rehearsals in order to be ready for the show that will start at 1st of March. The direction of the show was done by Fokas Evaggelinos and Tony Kontaxakis.

All these took place while Despina is finally ending her cooperation with the club “Rex” and is studying her next step for the season 2007 – 2008 while Sakis’ first movie “Alter Ego” are over. Sakis and his fellow film producers are putting the final touches to the film that will be released soon.

Website MAD, 17/2/2007

8 Feb 2007

Δείτε το trailer του Alter Ego! (eng)

Την Τετάρτη 31 Ιανουαρίου, τελείωσαν τα γυρίσματα της «εκρηκτικής» ελληνικής παραγωγής με τίτλο «Alter Ego». Η ταινία είναι η τρίτη παραγωγή της εταιρίας Village Roadshow Productions, μετά από τις μεγάλες επιτυχίες των ταινιών «Το Κλάμα Βγήκε από τον Παράδεισο» και «Πολίτικη Κουζίνα». Αξίζει να σημειωθεί ότι η ταινία αποτελεί μια από τις ακριβότερες ελληνικές παραγωγές, με συνολικό budget 2.000.000 ευρώ.

Τη σκηνοθεσία έχει αναλάβει ο Νίκος Δημητρόπουλος, ο οποίος έχει επιμεληθεί και το σενάριο μαζί με τη Βάνα Δημητρίου. Ο ανερχόμενος Νίκος Δημητρόπουλος, έχει κάνει ένα δυναμικό ξεκίνημα στο χώρο της διαφήμισης και της τηλεόρασης στο εξωτερικό. Έχει θεωρητική κατάρτιση και πρακτική εμπειρία στο χώρο του κινηματογράφου. Το 2002 σκηνοθέτησε την ταινία μεγάλου μήκους Small Fish και το 2004 την ταινία Cold Living. Έχει εργαστεί στο εξωτερικό ως σκηνοθέτης και παραγωγός σε πολλές ταινίες μικρούς μήκους και ντοκιμαντέρ (Imagining Ithaca, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, Silent Houses), σε μουσικά video (Come My Angel, Famous, Lullaby), αλλά και σε διαφημιστικά σποτ και εταιρικά video (Nescafe, Shell, Microsoft ). Έχει ασχοληθεί επαγγελματικά και με το μοντάζ, για το οποίοι έχει βραβευτεί στο New York Film Festival για την ταινία Do you like Chinese?

Λίγα λόγια για την παραγωγή: Η υπόθεση σχετίζεται με τις ζωές πέντε νεαρών ατόμων που απαρτίζουν ένα διάσημο ροκ συγκρότημα και έρχονται αντιμέτωποι με τις φοβίες τους, τις επιθυμίες τους και τον πραγματικό τους εαυτό.

Στην ταινία πρωταγωνιστούν οι: Σάκης Ρουβάς, Δανάη Σκιάδη (Hardcore), Αλέξανδρος Λογοθέτης (Η Χορωδία του Χαρίτωνα, Γαμήλια Νάρκη), Δημήτρης Κουρούμπαλης (τηλεοπτική σειρά «Δέκα Λεπτά Κήρυγμα»), Κωστής Καλλιβρετάκης (Les Amants de Parthenon), Ντορέτα Παπαδημητρίου (Η Λίζα και η Άλλη), Λαέρτης Μαλκότσης (Η Γυναίκα Είναι Σκληρός Άνθρωπος), Ευδοκία Στατήρη και Μαίρη Λούση.

Watch the treiler of "Alter Ego"
On Wednesday 31st of January the filming of the “explosive” Greek movie, Alter Ego, were finally completed. This movie is the third that Village Roadshow Productions have produced after the blockbusters “To klama vgike ap’ ton paradeiso” (= Crying came from Heaven) and “Politiki Kouzina” (= A touch of spice). It is worth mentioning that this is one of the most expensive productions (for Greek standards) and it cost 2.000.000 euros

The director of the movie is Nikos Dimitropoulos who is also the screen writer along with Vana Dimitriou. The upcoming Nikos Dimitropoulos has made a head start in commercials and TV abroad. He has practical and theoretical knowledge when it comes to movie making. In 2002 he directed the movie “Small fish” and in 2004 the movie “Cool living”. He has worked abroad as a director and producer of many mini films and documentaries (Imagining Ithaca, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, Silent Houses), and in music videos (Come My Angel, Famous, Lullaby), he has also created many commercial spots and company films (Nescafe, Shell, Microsoft ). He has also worked as a professional movie editor and has been awarded at New York Film Festival for the movie “Do you speak Chinese?”

A few words about the film: The plot is about the lives of five young people who are members of a famous rock band and are confronted with their fears, desires and their real self.

The actors participating are: Sakis Rouvas, Danai Skiadi, Alexandros Logothetidis and many more.

Website: E-go, 8/2/2007

5 Feb 2007

Σε ένα μήνα Δέσποινα και Σάκης μαζί

Είναι πλέον οριστικό. Δέσποινα Βανδή και Σάκης Ρουβάς ανεβαίνουν Θεσσαλονίκη στο "Boom" τον Μάρτιο...

Αρχές Μαρτίου, και συγκεκριμένα 1η Μαρτίου, θα γίνει η επίσημη έναρξη της συνεργασίας Δέσποινας-Σάκη στη Θεσσαλονίκη. Το εν λόγω πρόγραμμα, ή η εν λόγω συνεργασία αν προτιμάτε, θα διαρκέσει μέχρι και την Κυριακή του Πάσχα με ένα μικρό διάλλειμα, προφανώς, την Μεγάλη Εβδομάδα.

Οι πρόβες των δύο superstar θα ξεκινήσουν 19 Φεβρουαρίου, άλλωστε 18 Φεβρουαρίου σταματάει η Δέσποινα τις εμφανίσεις της στο "Rex". Το set list των κοινών τους εμφανίσεων δεν έχει ακόμα οριστικοποιηθεί αλλά ούτως ή άλλως πάντα η Θεσσαλονίκη προσφέρεται για εκπλήξεις όσον αφορά τα κομμάτια που οι καλλιτέχνες επιλέγουν να ερμηνεύσουν.

Η μουσική επιμέλεια ανήκει πάλι στον Τόνυ Κονταξάκη ενώ να προσθέσουμε εδώ πως οι εμφανίσεις αυτές θα γίνουν στον ίδιο χώρο που η Δέσποινα είχε κάνει τις κοινές της εμφανίσεις με τον Σταμάτη Γονίδη το 2006.

2 Feb 2007

Ο Σάκης πάει... στα Oscar (eng)

"And the winner is... Sakis". Ο Σάκης Ρουβάς ετοιμάζει φέτος ένα καταπληκτικό project για τη μεγάλη βραδιά των Oscar...

Τη μεγαλύτερη βραδιά του κινηματογράφου παγκοσμίως επέλεξε ο Σάκης για να κάνει μία ακόμα συναυλία...μία ακόμα; Όχι βέβαια! Το νέο αυτό live του Σάκη θα είναι όντως... παραγωγή του Hollywood! Συγκεκριμένα, ο Σάκης μαζί με 50-μελή ορχήστρα θα ερμηνεύσει live, και μόνο για νικητές σχετικού διαγωνισμού, κομμάτια που έχουν βραβευτεί στο παρελθόν, κοντινό και μη, με βραβείο Oscar καλύτερου τραγουδιού ("song" και όχι "score").

Μερικά από τα κομμάτια που θα ερμηνεύσει θα είναι το "Fame", από το ομότιτλο film, το "(I' ve Had) The Time Of My Life" από το "Dirty Dancing", τα "Παιδιά του Πειραιά" και πολλά ακόμα βραβευμένα τραγούδια.

To event αυτό θα γίνει σε συνεργασία με το Filmnet και τη Nova που ως γνωστόν κάθε χρόνο διοργανώνει ένα special event τη βραδιά των Oscar.

Sakis is going to the Oscars
“And the winner is … Sakis”. Sakis Rouvas is preparing an amazing project for this year’s Oscar night

The most important international movie awards has chosen Sakis Rouvas to give one more of his concerts … One more? Certainly not! The new live show that Sakis will be presenting will be a Hollywood production. To be precise Sakis and a 50 member band will perform live and only for winners of a competition, songs that have been awarded in the past distant and no, with the Oscar of best song.

Some of the songs will be “Fame” (from the original film) the “I’ ve had the time of my life” from the film “Dirty dancing”, “The kids of Piraeus” and many other Oscar winning songs.

This event will take place with the co – operation of Filmnet and Nova that always organize a special event at Oscar nights.

Website: MAD, 2/2/2007

1 Feb 2007

MAD 10 Years: το απόλυτο top 40!

Δείτε ολόκληρο το top 40 με τα καλύτερα και τα πιο MAD video-clips που έπαιξαν περισσότερο στο MAD τα τελευταία 10 χρόνια!

1. Madonna - Music
2. Βανέσα Αδαμοπούλου & Γιώτα 7 - Πάνω Στην Τρέλα Μου
3. Έλενα Παπαρίζου - Αναπάντητες Κλήσεις
4. Robbie Williams - Feel
5. No Doubt - Don't Speak
6. Δέσποινα Βανδή - Γεια
7. Spice Girls - Wannabe
8. 'Αννα Βίσση - Αγάπη Υπερβολική
9. H.I.M. - Join Me
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
11. Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Crazy In Love
12. Goin' Through - Γυναίκες
13. Σάκης Ρουβάς - Shake It
14. The Chemical Brothers feat. Q-Tip - Galvanize
15. Μιχάλης Χατζηγιάννης - Χωρίς Αναπνοή
16. Savage Garden - To The Moon And Back
17. Cher - Believe
18. 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre - California Love
19. 'Αλκηστις Πρωτοψάλτη - Διθέσιο
20. Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland - Dilemma
21. Anastacia - Left Outside Alone
22. Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
23. Placebo - Every You, Every Me
24. Alicia Keys - Fallin'
25. 50 Cent - P.I.M.P.
26. Britnet Spears - ...Baby One More Time
27. Μίκρο - Η Σειρά Σου
28. Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body
29. Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head
30. Φοίβος Δεληβοριάς - Θέλω Να Σε Ξεπεράσω
31. Αντώνης Ρέμος - Έλα Να Με Τελειώσεις
32. Notis Sfakianakis - Σώμα Μου
33. Γιάννης Πλούταρχος - Φυσάει Πολύ
34. Λάμπης Λιβιεράτος - Μπαμ Και Κάτω
35. Γιάννης Κότσιρας - Το Σεντόνι Σου
36. Καίτη Γαρμπή - Το Κάτι
37. Γιώργος Μαζωνάκης - Φεύγω Για Μένα
38. Νίκος Πορτοκάλογλου - Θάλασσά Μου Σκοτεινή
39. Eminem - Stan
40. Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie

Can’t do better than this! ~ Close Up Feb 07

His new album is titled “Iparhei agapi edo”. It’s a clear insinuation and we got the message! At the same time his first movie is being filmed, while he enjoys – finally – his success and his love, more mature, cooler and calmer than ever. It was about time …

We haven’t met before. Politeness, apart from obvious on his expression, is also written in his DNA. He is using formal language but I ask him right from the start to stop. He seems surprised but he agrees. The shooting of the movie “Alter Ego” are exhausting and the time at our disposal is very short. We begin.

Although I have not been a fan of your previous work, I have to say congratulations on your latest album.
Thank you, I’m glad you say so. I believe it’s my best album yet. It’s mature and complete. Someone can listen to ballads and dance hits. And of course this album was sponsored by Vodafone.

And you may find worthy composers such as Nikos Antipas …
It’s very important to work with talented associates in order for an album to be a hit. Nikos Antipas, Eleana Vrahali, Lakis Papadopoulos, Giannis Parios and Haris Barthakouris are only some of the people who worked on this album.

I was moved by the lyrics of your song “O iroas” (= The hero) that says …
(He guessed my thought) “It’s hard to be yourself when a thousand eyes are upon you / to pick your mate when everybody looks to their own needs”

Exactly! Do you feel what these lyrics imply?
It’s true! Someone might say: “After all these years you must have gotten used to it by now” And it can be used to after a while but there are moments when truly everyone is looking at you and you can’t do what you want to do …

You haven’t been tired by all this attention? For years every decision you ever made goes through the microscope!
I don’t perceive it as a tiring procedure. I find it logical; it’s a consequence of my job. It’s like a natural law, for every action there is an opposite reaction. All right there are moments when I wish I could do something foolish and nobody noticed … Although to be honest … Lately I do whatever comes in my mind most of the times …

What everyone wants, as we grow older is to keep something from our childhood. Has publicity damaged your “spontaneity”?
Yes of course … But I don’t give up, I fight. I try not to pay attention and be myself as much as I can. It’s difficult considering the line of work I am in but not impossible.

There has been a lot of talk about your part in the latest “Village Road Show” production “Alter Ego”. Giorgos Karamihos has stepped down, the director has been replaced by Nikos Dimopoulos the script writer. Rumor has it that you haven’t been getting along. What’s your answer?
Giorgos Karamihos is an excellent actor and I liked him a lot as a person as well. When I learned that he wouldn’t participate I was surprised. I really thought we would play together.

So, you didn’t send him away?
I don’t have that kind of power – the movie isn’t mine! As for the director, you have to look for the reasons of his replacement with the production company; I had nothing to do with it.

You are the star, so you will be charged with anything that goes wrong…
I can’t say anything about that.

Are you doing this movie because you want to explore more of your artistic side – we all remember your acting lessons in L.A. – or are you just tired of being the absolute pop idol of Greece?
The movie has nothing to do with my career so far. There is another side of me that I always wanted to bring forth. I think the movie completes me as an artist. Besides it’s something I always wanted to do. Cinema has always inspired me and I grew up with a family that loved and worked at a theatre.

Were your parents actors?
They still are. They are amateur actors for the past 35 years. I remember their colleagues coming home and practicing their lines. Music stole my heart and was the easiest way to express myself when I was a teenager but the desire to work in the movies was always inside of me. In the past I had many proposals but I never felt that the time and the circumstances were right. Now, after my preparation in L.A. and my acting lessons I felt ready and able to take up that responsibility and come through.

Can you tell me why, in the past you were considered lacking in social skills and communication?
People change. So did I and I did it fast.

Do you admit that you had a problem communicating with other people?
It was not a matter of problem it was a matter of choice. It’s a matter of how you wish to express yourself and in what way. I am a man who always thought that our actions speak louder than our words. I sill do. That fact that I am more communicative today has to do with me growing up…

Maybe you were hiding behind Ilias Psinakis who didn’t allow you to be as free as you wanted to …
When I was working with Ilias what you saw was cooperation therefore my choice as well. Our professional relationship was excellent and I am where I am today thanks to him. I appreciate and respect what we accomplice together.

Do you agree with his choices professionally these days?
He is a man with many talents. When he makes his mind up it’s very hard to change it. In the end everything is judged by the outcome.

You are very diplomatic Mr. Rouvas I have to admit it ..
It’s the truth. Up until now I think that Ilias choices as a TV star have been excellent. Ilias had nothing to do with television and being in front of the spot light. He was never a front man and in two years he has made a career. What he does is very hard and I admire him greatly. Being backstage and suddenly turn into the center of attention … it’s not easy.

What’s your relationship with money?
Very, very good.

Which means?
Money makes my life easy and allows me to realize what interest me and pleases me. Money gives you freedom and I am very grateful for that.

Do you spent a lot?
Not really. I like fine things and I enjoy them very much but I can live without them if I have to.

It’s very hard to imagine Sakis living without luxuries
I have done that for many years. Besides the most important things in life are those that you enjoy at home with your friends. I give those things greater value.

What’s the greatest value of your moral code?
Love. In life you must have love, a warm heart and a sense of justice. If you don’t have love, life is very hard – a living hell. What to do with a big fancy car if you don’t have friends to share it with or if those who enter it like the car more than you?

On the department of friendship, how are things?
Things are looking good. I feel really well, I give and I take love as well.

What about God?
I am a deep believer

You are a handsome man who is very successful professionally and in his personal life. Do you feel afraid some times that a negative energy might deprive you of all that?
Here comes God. HE takes charge. HE is the one who leads us and protects all that we have.

You mean you don’t feel anxiety or insecurity?
When everything goes well I feel it as a reward for my hard work. I’m doing something right and a higher force approves of me. I am of course insecure because I have made mistakes. Although you learn from your mistakes.

You work out, you eat healthy, you sleep as much as you have to. Don’t you ever brake the rules?
Everything within reason. Let’s not go crazy here. Exaggeration is a recipe for disaster. Even in exercise.

So, you do brake some rules in your diet ..
As much as I have to.

I am not going to ask you if you are happy with Katia – I can see it in your face. Are you pleased however that the public accepts you now that you have Katia by your side? Now that their idol in unavailable sort of …
I am very pleased and I enjoy my freedom. I am glad that the world still approves of me and responds to my artistic talent and is interested in whether I am ok or not.

Did you worry about what the world would think about your joint appearances? About your relationship?
No I didn’t think about it. I believe that in this life we must do what we want to do; what we truly wish to do.

Are you at the best moment in your life right now – yes or no?
So far so good.

CLOSE UP 01/02/2007