In the last hour, Alpha News in Cyprus has reported that Eleni Foureira will represent Cyprus in the upcoming 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. This follows previous reports that a “well-known” artist was recording the Cypriot Eurovision entry with Alex P in Athens earlier this week. While we await confirmation from CyBC, this seems to be a definitive moment in the Cypriot Eurovision saga.
One of Cyprus’ strongest ever entries
According to the report by Alpha, Eleni has already recorded the song. Alpha’s sources claim the track “exceeds all expectations”, is “modern” and “upbeat” and “revolutionises the rhythm of the whole of Europe”. Furthermore, they believe it is one of the strongest entries in the island’s Eurovision history.
A team combining Cyprus, Greece and Sweden
Furthermore, Alpha reveals that all that remains to be agreed is some minor details between CyBC and Panik Records. Nevertheless, a team of professionals from Cyprus, Greece and Sweden is ready to impress the whole of Europe in May.
Alpha explains that Cyprus has decided to participate in Portugal with an experienced team and a great artist with a long-term career. The report continues to state that Eleni’s presence and vocal skills will ensure that Cyprus will receive as many 12 points as possible. The official announcement is expected within days, in which CyBC will also reveal the title and presentation date of the song.
Who’s Eleni Foureira?
Eleni Foureira was born on March 7 1987 in Fier, Albania and mooved to Greece at a young age with her familly settling in Athens.
Eleni began pursuing music at a young age, learning how to play the guitar and later working in a theatre for three years.
She began her music career as a member of the girl group Mystique 2007 until the group later broke up in 2009. She later went solo and has had several hits one after the other, both in Greece and in Cyprus. She’s best known for being a good performer and putting energic dance shows and she has also won several awards on the popular annual MAD Video Music awards.
Eleni at Eurovision
Eleni Foureira is not unknown to the fans of Eurovision. She has made several attempts to represent Greece in Eurovision Song Contest. First attempt came in 2010 when she took part in the Greek national final together with Manos Pyrovolakis and the song “I kyvotos tou Noe” (Noah’s ark) achieving a second place behind Giorgos Alkaios and “OPA”.
In 2013 she performed “Wild Dancers” together with Ruslana in the Greek national final.
In 2015 Eleni made a Greek cover version of the Israeli Eurovision entry from 2015 “Golden Boy” which became a huge hit in Greece, called “Ston Theo me paei” (He Takes me to God).
Listen to Eleni’s version of “Golden Boy” below.
Eleni made a second attempt to represent Greece in Eurovision in 2016 when ERT opted for an internal selection, unfortunately ERT rejected Foureira and went instead for the group Argo. Eleni’s entry would have been the English version of “Ti kitas” (Come Tiki Tam) composed by Doron Medalie previously had cooperated with Eleni and that had written “Golden Boy” the year before.
The song “Come Tiki Tam” won the award of “the best dance video” on MAD Video Music Awards that year, an annual awards show that air on the MAD TV Greece.
The awards honor the year’s biggest achievements in music, voted by the viewers of Mad television.
Last but not the least, Eleni Foureira was interested to represent Greece again this year, having an entry ready that reportedly fullfilled the preconditions set by the Greek broadcaster ERT; namely a song in Greek lyrics and ethnic Greek sound. However, she was once again rejected and the entry was never submitted by her record label to ERT.
Could Cyprus be the lucky country for Eleni Foureira in Eurovision?
Listen to her proposed Greek entry from 2016 “Come Tiki Tam” below.
Are you pleased with CyBC’s reported choice of Eleni Foureira? In addition, do you think Cyprus has everything in place for their first Eurovision victory? Let us know!