As we are getting closer to the Heads of Delegation meeting, we are continuing to find out the remaining entries of the remaining participants. Today, Cyprus revealed their entry as Sandro released his song ‘Running’.
The song was written and composed by Alfie Arcuri, Sebastian Rickards, Octavian Rasinariu, Sandro, Teo DK. Alfie Arcuri is known for participating in the first-ever Eurovision: Australia Decides, with the song ‘To Myself‘ which placed 5th, whilst Teo was part of Freaky Fortune which represented Greece with ‘Rise Up’ and placed 20th overall.
Sandro will be participating in the second half of the first semi-final. As previously reported his performance will be staged by Marvin Dietmann.
Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest
Cyprus made their Eurovision Song Contest debut 37 years ago, back in 1981. The island nation has participated in every contest since, with the exception of 1988, 2001 and 2014. Prior to 2018, Cyprus’ best results had come in the form of three fifth place finishes. These came courtesy of Anna Vissi’s “Mono i agapi” in 1982, Hara & Andreas Constantinou’s “Mana mou” in 1997 and Lisa Andreas’ “Stronger Every Minute” in 2004.
While Cyprus secured seven top 11 finishes in the 1990s, the nation’s form dipped as the contest entered its semi-final era. Cyprus failed to qualify in six out of eight occasions between 2006 and 2013, withdrawing in 2014 for financial reasons.
However, since their return in 2015, the island has qualified for the grand final every single time. Prior to this run, Cyprus had never managed to qualify from a semi-final in two consecutive contests. Last year, Eleni Foureira sent this Cypriot momentum to a new peak with a record second-place finish. In 2019, Greek-Georgian star Tamta represented Cyprus with the song “Replay”, finishing in 13th place with 109 points.
Cyprus may be the nation with the most Eurovision appearances yet to secure a victory, but perhaps that victory could be just around the corner?
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