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X-Factor Greece, Here I Come!

DSCN0753-300x2371Jennie Antonakis of Branford, Connecticut has been singing since she was a little kid, it’s her passion it’s what she wants to do. Her specialties are pop and R&B.

Something has just happened which could very well change the life of the 24-year old spunky, energetic, adorable Greek-Italian-American.

Jennie tried out in New York City for the wildly popular show called “X-Factor” developed by Simon Cowell of “American Idol” fame here in the states. Well, she won, and is on her way to compete for “X-Factor~Greece” to try and be selected for that show. Jennie is beside herself and so is her family, that includes her maternal Italian Grandmother, Giovanna, who is seen with the family in this blog post.

Her parents, Tony and Anna Antonakis own The Greek Olive diner in New Haven and where Jennie and her sister, Rena have grown up.

Tony and Anna are staying stateside to run the diner, but they’ll be watching their daughter on greek television on the flat-screen which hangs above the diner counter to see how she fares.

This Manhattan College grad has big dreams, that will perhaps start to be realized by others when she takes the stage in Athens on September 23. Our collective Connecticut fingers are crossed for you Jennie!

As a treat for me and everybody else dining at The Greek Olive, Jennie sang a song behind the counter to show just how talented she is. Judging from the round of applause in the place following her performance I think she’s got what it takes.

I of course will be monitoring to see what happens this week in Athens and will be sure and update you here. Jennie has plans to seek out a Taverna (Greek for diner) while in Athens (Athena) to brush up on her tunes, can’t wait to see those videos of “The Girl That Sings In The Diner.” Opa!

Postscript: September 23, 2010. Jennie did not make it onto the show in Greece, and we are disappointed, but I still have a hunch if she markets herself as “The Girl That Sings In The Diner” something will happen. Just a hunch.

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  1. Donato
    Posted September 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    I love your voice Annie

  2. Posted September 19, 2010 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Good for her. She found her gift and is pursuing it. Everyone has a gift and it is their right to find it, pursue it and catch it. I wrote a recent blog post about it. Check it out here: