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Julia Alexandratou ( ) is a Greek model, actress, and pop singer. In 2002, at age 15, she won the title "Miss Young" in Greece. Four years later, Alexandratou won the beauty title "Miss Greece International 2006" (also called the "Runner-up Star Hellas 2006") at the Miss Star Hellas pageant.

Julia has lived for several years in Englandmarker and speaks English fluently.

Biography

Childhood

Julia Alexandratou was born on November 24, 1985 to a father who hails from Kefaloniamarker, named Zisimos Alexandratos and a mother who hails from Londonmarker, Englandmarker, named Allison Hunt-Alexandratou. Her father is a highly-educated mechanical engineer, while her mother is a former model. She also has a sister three years her senior, Artemis Alexandratou.

From a very young age, Julia's beauty and talent were revealed. Along with her mother, she modeled in numerous magazines and children's fashion ads. She has modelled since the age of 4 and has also participated and won in countless pageants. At age 7, she was enrolled in ballet lessons, and later on in vocal and acting training, and she exhibited great potential. Julia entered the Miss Young pageant in 2002, and conquered the first prize, at the age of only 15.

During times where there were familial problems, Julia lived in Londonmarker with her mother for a couple of years. After these times Julia pulled back from her artistic training.

Personal life

Alexandratou has been in a long-term relationship with famous Greek star-mamager and TV Personality Elias Psinakis, the ex-manager and best friend of Sakis Rouvas. The two were introduced in the spring of 2006, after the pageant. Elias was the main judge on the hit Greek reality show Dream Show, where her sister Artemis was a contestant. In January, 2007, Elias posed on the cover of the Greek magazine Tripaki, where Julia conducted the interview, and they both announced their relationship.

The two have made only a few appearances together, and have avoided big events such as awards shows and the wedding of Greek songstress Peggy Zina, where Elias was the best man. Julia made two guest appearances on the hit show Ellada Ehis Talendo, where Elias was the main judge, once as a spectator, and the other as a 'surprise guest' invited by the show's host Sofia Aliberti, and later on in the year, at Elias' another reality show called TV Stars Parousiaste!, where she sang. Elias Psinakis also made a cameo appearance in Julia's video for the satirical song, "Stohos Ine Ta Lefta."

Career

In 2006, Julia returned to the entertainment industry with her participation in the 17th Miss Star Hellas pageant which took place on April 9, 2006 (semi-final), and April 11, 2006 (finals). Julia was considered to be the favorite to win the competition, as the judges had all given her all perfect 10 points in all four rounds of the competition, a first ever in the entire history of the pageant, and still to date. Julia also made history on the night of the semi-finals, where she was awarded both of the 'special awards': a crown for 'Miss Diva', and then another prixe of a pearl necklace for 'Miss Lux'. One contestant being the recipient of both titles had never occurred before. However, at the end of the semi-finals Julia seemed to be uncomfortable with some of the arrangements, and had mad a facial gesture after receiving both titles. One the night of the finals, she remained the favourite and maintained perfect scores, but in the time period where the judges had given their opinions, actor Kostas Sommer had responded I think it's obvious that number 9 [Julia Alexandratou], has definitely been distinguished from the rest of the ladies, except for certain behavioral issues. Sommer's comment was later castigated by the Greek media, as soon after, Julia lost the first title to Olympia Hopsonidou winning Miss B' Star Hellas. Soon after the event, the Greek network Antenna that had held it, and its producers received much harsh criticism for 'robbing' Alexandratou of the title, and it was often thought to be a publicity stunt by the network.

After the competition, Alexandratou had exclaimed I've worn a lot of crowns in my life. I really didn't need another one. Many people took this as ego, but Julia had later expressed that what she meant was that I like the work of a model but I am not crazy about it, and that she was eager to pusrue other things. Julia was to participate in the Miss International pageant in Tokyomarker, Japanmarker, but she did not, supposedly due to budget cuts, or her own will.

Julia made her first appearance after the competition on a live show of Fame Story4, and was a guest singer the Greek song titled "Mono Yia Sena" ("Only For You") by former Fame Story3 contestant Andreas Constantinidis, which was featured as the first single on his debut album and she also appeared in the video clip. The song became one of the biggest hits of the whole year and also had great success on the video charts, ringtones, and download charts. After her participation, she was frequently questioned if she was going to pursue a career in music.

A few months later, Julia was a co-host to the hit show Megalicious Chart Live! alongside Mad TV presenter Themis Georgandas. She did many television appearances, and in the course of one year, did over 10 magazine covers on magazines such as Nitro, Diva, and Celebrity. Losing the pageant seemed to have sky-rocketed her fame, and the publicity seemed to never end for the youg artist.

Her subsequent fame and popularity, led to her hosting her own show, called Music Bee, with her friend Stathis Aitiatoglou. Originally, the show was highly-anticipated and had an informative theme of music news in Greece and abroad. Unfortunately, the ratings soon dropped.

In 2007, she released two singles on her own, "Stohos Einai Ta Lefta" ("The Target Is The Money") and "I Vasilissa Tis Pistas" ("The Queen Of The Dance Floor"). She also made her film debut in a comedy by Nikos Perakis, playing a singer named Areti. She starred alongside actors such as Giorgios Kimoulis, and the film premiered in December, with good critiques.

In April 2008, Julia posed on the cover of NITRO magazine, assuming the role of Marilyn Monroe. She was voted by readers of the magazine as the best choice to perform the special edition spread. In the fall season, Julia started doing her first concert appearances at an Athens nightclub alongside Greek artist Panos Kiamos. One of her most recognizable numbers from the show is her cover of Madonna's song 4 Minutes.

In late 2008, Alexandratou released her new single "Honoloulou" written by Nikos Karvelas.

Discography

CD singles

  • 2007-I Vasilissa tis Pistas
  • 2007-Stohos Einai Ta Lefta


Full singles chronology

  • 2006: "Mono Gia Sena" (Duet with Andreas Konstantinidis)
  • 2007: "I Vasilissa is Pistas"
  • 2007: "Stohos Einai Ta Lefta"
  • 2008: "Honoloulou"


Music videos

  • 2006: "Mono Gia Sena" (Duet with Andreas Konstantinidis)
  • 2007: "I Vasilissa tis Pistas"
  • 2007: "Psyhremia Main Theme" (Feat. Loula)
  • 2007: "Stohos Einai Ta Lefta"
  • 2008: "Honoloulou"


Soundtracks

  • 2007: "Psyhremia"


Participation in other albums

  • 2006: Telos Kalo! (By Andreas Konstantinidis)
  • 2007: Psyhremia - OST


Filmography



Job Appearances

  • Nitro
  • Miss Diva
  • Miss Lux
  • Esquire
  • Playboy
  • Hello!


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