Cyprus confirms! The island nation will be taking part in Eurovision 2020, CyBC has revealed to ESCToday. They become the 26th country to confirm they are taking part in next year’s contest in the Netherlands. This marks a streak of six consecutive years entering Eurovision after taking a one-year break in 2014.
Internal selection ‘likely’ after previous success
ESCToday understands it to be probable that Cyprus will again opt for an internal selection after experiencing success with that formula in recent years. Both Eleni Foureira in 2018 and Tamta in 2019 were internal selections. Both were great successes for the nation, in both cases seeing them finish on the left-side of the scoreboard, and in the case of Eleni Foureira’s ‘Fuego’, gaining them their first silver medal.
No information has been revealed yet about their artist or song direction. Those details will be revealed over the coming months as the next contest draws closer. Could it be another ‘Fuego’? We’re just as keen to hear as you are.
Cyprus’ Eurovision record
Cyprus first entered Eurovision in 1981, but despite that has yet to win any contest. Its best result is the aforementioned ‘Fuego’, which gained them 436 points, coming in behind 2018’s winner from Israel, Netta’s ‘Toy’. Since their return in the contest in 2015, they have been one of a small number of countries to have reached the final in all five attempts between 2015-2019. This is an impressive record and CyBC will no doubt be hoping to extend that.
Other artists to have represented Cyprus in the past include Ivi Adamou, Despina Olympiou, Anna Vissi and Evridiki. Perhaps they or another big name in the Greek-speaking music world will be chosen. Who might be on the cards for a Cypriot entry?
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