Cyprus: CyBC confirms Eurovision 2020 participation
Cyprus will be joining the party in The Netherlands as the Cypriot national broadcaster has confirmed the country’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
CyBC has confirmed to ESCToday that the country will be participating in the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest to be held next year in the The Netherlands. This will be the 6th successive participation of Cyprus in the competition after its short break in 2014.
Although the broadcaster didn’t shed any light on the format of next year’s national selection, they say you don’t change a succeful recipe especially when it has ended in good resutls. Therefore after Eleni Foureira’s and Tamta’s internal selections the past two years, entries which both kept the country on the left column of the scoreboard ( 2nd and 13th place respectively) CyBC is more than likely to opt once again for an internal selection.
As many names from the interior and Greek music have been rumored around as potentional Cypriot representatives we will find out more about the coyntry’s intentions in the coming months.
THE EUROVISION STORY SO FAR
Cyprus debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 with the group Island, achieving an honorable 6th placing in Dublin. Aphrodite’s island has been represented by some of the biggest names in the Greek and Cypriot music industry: Anna Vissi (1982), Michalis Hatzigiannis (1998), Evridiki (1992,1994,2007), Ivi Adamou (2012), Despina Olympiou (2013), etc.
The country achieved its best Eurovision result this year when it placed 2nd with Eleni Foureira’s Fuego. The Greek famous star was selected internally to fly the Cypriot flag at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Eleni’s explosive performanc on the Altice Arena stage blew away Europe which boosted the country to its highest position ever in the competiton.
This year internally selected Tamta, want to make a strong repeat of last year’s success with her song enttitled , Replay, and through her energetic performance at Expo Tel Aviv accomplished a 13th place for Cyprus, keeping the country on the left side of the final scoreboard.