Tel Aviv 2019

Vangelis Kakouriotis, new favourite to represent Cyprus in 2019?

Cypriot broadcaster CyBC have recently been teasing fans with rumours of composers and the staging team for their 2019 Eurovision entry. Now speculation mounts on who will be the singer. Despite Tamta being the early favourite, it seems the spotlight is now on Vangelis Kakouriotis.

Never do the same trick twice

Although Cyprus achieved their best ever result, with Eleni Foureira’s massive hit ‘Fuego’, which came second in Lisbon earlier this year with 436 points, it seems broadcaster CyBC wants to move away from drawing similar comparisons again in 2019, suggesting that the hotly tipped Tamta is possibly out of the running. As they say, with great success comes great expectations and sometimes on the Eurovision stage, imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery. Especially when it comes to backing up good results. Thus setting the stage for Cyprus to perhaps switch things up completely and send a male representative to the Tel Aviv contest. Reports in Greek media by Nea Selida suggest this new possible candidate is young Greek singer Vangelis Kakouriotis.

The dress [song] is ready and we are looking for the model [singer] to wear [sing] it.

CyBC spokesperson

Keeping their secrets guarded for now, this indicates that a final decision is still to be made. However as we reported, Alex Papaconstantinou (Alex P), composer of ‘Fuego’, is once again composing the Cypriot entry for 2019. Also on the team is Teddy Sky, who collaborated with Alex P as part of VAX. As well as this, there’s Viktor Svensson, Albin Nedler and Kristofer Fogelmark, who all along with Alex P composed Tamta’s 2015 hit ‘Unloved‘ that just missed the cut for the Greek national final that year. Again presenting a dilemma in whether to trust a song to a new artist. In addition, whether to make Tamta the nearly woman yet again, in another Eurovision bid. Hence representatives from the broadcaster will be meeting in Greece soon to listen to the song and discuss participation with the interested candidates. Perhaps then, a final decision and announcement won’t be too far away.

Who is Vangelis Kakouriotis?

The 22 year old singer from Nafplio started his career in popular the Greek boy band Boys and Noise. After three years, a successful album and multiple MAD TV Awards, like all good music groups, the band went their separate ways. Signed to Greece’s major record label Panik Records, Vangelis has since embarked on a solo career, as well as wowing Greek viewers in his recent run to Dancing With The Stars victory. With those talents in mind, it seems he is considered a good choice by the broadcaster to continue their newfound success. Moreover, Vangelis himself has reportedly expressed his desire to go to Eurovision.

Will it be Vangelis Kakouriotis or Tamta? Who is your choice to represent Cyprus in 2019? Let us know in the comments and on social media @ESCXTRA

Lisa Bird

My first Eurovision memory was watching 1994 as a hatchling. I've been tapping my talons to the bops and bangers from Europe and beyond ever since! I finally spread my wings to attending the contest in Lisbon 2018 and am now a regular at many events and national finals - especially my regular nest at Eesti Laul.

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