Greek media suggest Spain wanted Eleni Foureira for Eurovision 2020

A shock went through Greece earlier on, when journalist Giannis Poulopoulos suggested that Eleni Foureira had been asked to represent another country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Not Cyprus, not Greece, no… Spain reportedly asked her!

Eleni Foureira: “Grateful” to Spain

The item was discussed during the show report on Sti Folia ton Koukou. It airs on Star Channel in Greece and saw Giannis Poulopoulos claim that RTVE had approaced Eleni Foureira for another chance at the Eurovision Song Contest. Was Eleni Foureira indeed that ‘big name’ they wanted for their internal selection for Rotterdam?

In his segment, he suggested that Eleni Foureira was honoured by the question, as she is incredibly grateful to the people of Spain. Her 2018 Eurovision runner-up “Fuego” was rather successful there, as it went platinum. It has helped her career in Spain as well.

However, Poulopoulos immediately added that Eleni has turned down the proposal. This had nothing to do with not wanting to come back to Eurovision, but more with her plans for next year. The Greek star has set her eyes on a move to Los Angeles. In the USA, she wants to try and aim for an international career. She’ll make the move in January and stay there for at least three months.

Meeting with RIK?

This however is not the only rumour Poulopoulos threw out in the world. He also said Cyprus may still be considering to ask Eleni Foureira for 2020 as well. The president of Cypriot broadcaster RIK was seen at dinner with Giorgos Arsenakos and Eleni Foureira to discuss potential plans for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Whether this will result in another proposal or not, is yet to be seen.

By now it seems that an eventual return of Eleni Foureira to the Eurovision Song Contest is as inevitable as Sergey Lazarev’s return was: It seems they have unfinished business at the contest and want to give it another go. Foureira was eager to take Europe by storm for many years before Cyprus finally gave her a chance in 2018. When Helena Paparizou turned down the chance to sing “Fuego” in Lisbon, Foureira took it with both hands and delivered Cyprus a glorious second place at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.

She was then already back this year, when she did the Switch Song interval with Gali Atari, Måns Zelmerlöw, Conchita and Verka Serduchka. Her rendition of “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” is one we won’t forget soon…

How would you feel about Eleni Foureira returning to the Eurovision Song Contest, be it for Greece, Cyprus or Spain? Let us know!

Nick van Lith

I'm one of the founding members of Eleven years after the start, I'm proud to say that I am now the Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful website. When I'm not doing Eurovision stuff, you should be able to find me teaching German to kids... And cheering on everything and everyone Greek, pretty much. Pame Ellada!

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