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Singer: Elena
Year: 2009
Country: Romania
Song: The Balkan Girls
Rank: 19
Point: 40

Elena is half Romanian and half Macedonian. She comes from a family of priests and she believes strongly that the most important thing in the world is her family. Elena has a sister, Ana, journalist, and a brother, Costin, the footballer of “Sportul Studenţesc”. Her mother, Marioara Man George is a folk artist.

When she was 3 years old she debuted on the folk music scene with her mother, Marioara George Man with the song Sus în Deal în Poieniţă.

In the fifth grade she joined the Children´s National Palace. That was where she took singing lessons. In 2000 Elena won the gold trophy Little Bear (Baia Mare) with One Moment In Time by Whitney Houston. In 2001 she participated in the Mamaia Festival.

In 2003 Elena became the singer of Mandinga, a very successful band - a project of Latino music. In June 2003, Mandinga released the first album – De Corazon. In March 2005, Mandinga was placed 4th in the National Eurovision Selection with the song My Sun which got a golden disc one year later. In January 2006, Elena opened her own dance school called Passitos. One month later, Elena ended the collaboration with Mandinga and started her solo career, with the help of the musical producer Laurenţiu Duţă. In June 2006 Elena released her first solo album, entitled Your Voice.

In March 2007 Elena won the prize Radio România Actualitaţi for best performing act in 2006 and was nominated for the Best Song of 2006 section with the song Your Voice.

In August 2007 at the Romanian Top Hit Music Awards, Elena won the award for Best Song of 2007, with the song Your Brown Eyes.