Although formal negotiations with record labels are yet to begin, RIK the Cypriot broadcaster for Eurovision (part of CyBC) have already seen an uptake in interest from more well-known artists. It is expected that the artist in question will be confirmed by November. Negotiations with labels are due to begin next month.
Well-Known artists in contention
- Rock-pop band MELISSES
- Eurovision 2012 entrant Ivi Adamou
- Formerly speculated artist Vangelis Kakouriotis
- Ian Stratis, who was shortlisted for Eurovision 2020
- Kazakh-Greek popstar Eirini Papadopoulou
- A collaboration between Konnie Metaxa and Tassos Xiarchos
- The Voice of Australia 2020 finalist Despina Savva, who is currently only 15
These names have been banded around, with many of these artists announcing their intentions/interest in participation. Despite this, the broadcaster will not be making an official announcement until November.
“RIK has accepted proposals from both artists and composers”
According to a source from RIK who spoke to Eurovision Fun, they are pleased to see the uptake in interest from so many well known artists from the Greek music scene.
However, at the time of writing, there has not been any negotiations with any one singer, and they are still open for proposals.
RIK has accepted proposals from both artists and composers and will not take hasty action but will proceed rationally in order to make the best possible choice.Spokesperson from RIK
As we’ve seen from Panik Records with Eleni Foureira and Minos EMI with Tamta, record label backing is an important component for the Cypriot representative at Eurovision.
The source also said exploratory discussions will commence in August, with the aim of publicly announcing the artist/act in November. Following that, the song, clip and stage concept will be developed.
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.
In 2018, following a string of three qualifications, Eleni Foureira brought them to second place for the first time with the iconic “Fuego”. The following year, Tamta brought them their fifth consecutive qualification with “Replay”.
In 2020, CyBC selected ‘Sandro’ to represent Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Running”. Sandro was set to perform 13th in the first semi-final of the 2020 contest, which was ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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