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Award-winning composer Alex Papaconstantinou to compose Cyprus’ 2018 Eurovision entry!

Alexander Papaconstantinou, or “Alex P” as he is known, is one of the most popular songwriters and producers in the music industry. He has composed hits for Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias, and Marc Anthony, to name a few stars. Today, the Cypriot broadcaster, CYBC, have announced that he will return to Eurovision and write another song for the contest, this time for Cyprus!
The half-Greek half-Swedish producer is based in Stockholm, and has had previous success in Eurovision. Take a look below at his Eurovision entries and how well they did:

  • Greece 2007: Yassou Maria – Achieved 139 points and 7th place
  • Azerbaijan 2009: Always – Achieved 207 points and 3rd place
  • Cyprus 2012: La La Love – Achieved 65 points and 16th place

You can see from Alex’s track record that his songs tend to do exceptionally well in Eurovision! He gave Cyprus their best result in a Eurovision final since 2004, and CYBC are hopeful that he will give them another Eurovision hit! Perhaps, Alex could pull Cyprus out of the streak of bad results they’ve had in the last three years, in which they’ve consistently finished around 21st place?

Alex P outside of Eurovision

Alex P has worked with many global superstars and stars who are prominent in their own countries. These include Greek pop stars and Eurovision participants Anna Vissi and Elena Paparizou, as well as Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio and the platinum-certified Australian artist DJ Havana Brown!

Cyprus’ 2018 National Final

The performer of Alex’s song will be selected in a live national final in January. The national final is open to all Cypriot citizens or people of Cypriot origin. An internal audition process will be used to select the contestants, and the winner of the show will be selected using a combination of jury and public votes. However, CYBC will not show Alex P’s song in the national final; they will reveal it some weeks after the artist is chosen.

Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest

Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981, and have participated 34 times in total. Their best result is 5th place, which they achieved in 1982, 1997, and 2004.
Between 2006 and 2013, Cyprus failed to qualify for the final on 6 out of 8 occasions. Due to the poor results, they withdrew for the 2014 contest. However, they returned in 2015 with renewed enthusiasm and have since qualified for the final every year!
Last year, Hovig represented Cyprus with the song, Gravity. He came 21st in the final with 68 points.

Are you excited to hear Alex P’s song for Cyprus? Do you think he could beat Cyprus’ previous record in Eurovision? Who do you want to represent Cyprus? Let us know in the comments below!

Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

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