The broadcaster responsible for the Cypriot participatin in the Eurovision Song Contest, CyBC with their channel RIK being the broadcast channel for Cyprus in Eurovision, confirmed that they will be starting to look at bids from recording companies to represent the Mediterranean island natin in the next contest in 2020. The contest is expected to take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
A Purple patch.
Cyprus have seemingly hit on a sustained purple patch in the Eurovision Song Contest. They have one of the best qualification records in this decade. With a 78% Qualification rate (7 finalists out of 9 contests) with two left hand side finishes, coming back to back in 2018 and 2019.
The first instance was with the now iconic entry “Fuego” sang by fan-favourite Eleni Foureira. Achieving two Runner-Up positions on both Semi Final and the Final with 262 points and 436 points respectively, only losing to the eventual winners Israel and “Toy” in both instances, despite winning the televote in the Semi Final.
This was soon followed up another Alex P track “Replay” sung by Tamta. She came Ninth in her Semi Final with 149 points, but she managed to convert this into a Thirteenth-Place finish in the Final with 109 points.
In fact the top three best performing songs for Cyprus have come from the hands of Alex P with Ivi Adamou’s “La La Love” coming in Sixteenth Place in 2012 with 65 points.
A different approach?
With Cyprus’ successes from the past few years coming from one particualr source, will the island nation be looking at other ways to bring further success and perhaps a different sound?
According to Cypriot outlets this may be what CyBC/RIK are looking for. This is what was said.
RIC, we learn, is discussing various proposals without concluding, at present, a specific representative or procedure as it wishes to study in detail all the possibilities of our representation.
Discussion to take place from mid-September when the candidate companies submit their proposals in detail.
What these proposals are is unknown and is Alex P part of these plans? It’s only a matter of time!
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