INFEvision Video Contest 2020: Michalis Hatzigiannis to represent Cyprus with the song ‘Horevo’( I’m Dancing)
INFEvision 2020, the video contest held by the International Network of Fan Clubs of Eurovision (I.N.F.E) is unfolding this week with the presentation of the competing acts and songs.
The INFEvision 2020 line up continues to unfold with the next representative coming from the island of Aphrodite, Cyprus! The local INFE fan community has selected Michalis Hatzigiannis to represent Cyprus at INFEVision 2020 with his song ‘Horevo’ ( I’m Dancing).
A few words about Michalis Hatzigiannis
Michalis Hatzigiannis born 5 November 1978 in Nicosia, Cyprus, is a popular Cypriot recording artist. From 2000 to 2010, Hatzigiannis has received over 30 certifications in Greece alone, making him one of the most successful artists of the decade. Hatzigiannis is also known for representing Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998. In 2010, Hatzigiannis released his first English language album in Europe. In 2010, Forbes listed Hatzigiannis as the 22nd most powerful and influential celebrity in Greece and fifth highest ranked singer.
In 1995, he participated in the Cypriot National Final for the Eurovision Song Contest 1995 with two songs, “Filise Me” (written by Andreas Gerolemou) and “To Gramma” (written by Leonidas Malenis). The first song came in 3rd place and the latter in second place. That year Alex Panagi won the preselection with the song “Sti Fotia”. Michalis started his career in Cyprus with three records that all went platinum: “Senario”, “O Mihalis Hatzigiannis Tragouda Doro Georgiadi” and “Epafi”.
In May 1998, he represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest. He performed the song “Genesis”, a composition of his own and finished 11th.Upon arriving in Athens, Greece he collaborated with the composer Giorgos Hatzinasios and with poet and lyricist Michalis Bourboulis to create the CD single “Aggigma Psychis” (Touch of soul) which was released in December 1998 .
In March 2000, Hatzigiannis released his debut album in Greece “Paraxeni Giorti” (Odd Celebration) while early in 2001 he released the CD single “Den Eho Hrono” (I have no time). It soon topped the charts and went platinum. In the spring of 2002 he released his second solo album “Krifo Fili” (Secret kiss), which has settled at 3x platinum which was followed by the 3x platinum five song EP “Monos Mou” (By myself). In December 2006 he released his fourth studio album, “Filoi Kai Ehthri” (Friends and foes). The following year he released several more albums that met massive acceptance such as Kolaz, Mihalis, To Kalitero Psema, Tharros I Alitheia, I Agapi Dinamoni.
Watch below the competing video of Horevo that will represent Cyprus in INFEvision 2020:
This year’s edition was launched in the first days of October with INFE Romania revealing the INFEvision 2020 slogan “Riding the Ages” . From that point all INFE clubs were given a period until end of October to confirm participation to the host country. A total of 19 countries around the globe will eventually be participating in this year’s contest, which is a new record number for the competition itself after last year’s 18 countries. Unfortunately Armenia and Azerbaijan decided to withdraw due to the war conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh ( Artsakh).
The Grand final is set to take place on December 19 in the city of Resita in Romania.