Ever since it was confirmed that Sandro would not be returning as the Cypriot artists for Eurovision 2021, rumours around CyBC’s selection have been rife. With the announcement due in the coming weeks, if not days, it has been revealed that the artist has been selected.
According to EurovisionFun, the broadcaster are in the final stages of confirming their artist for Rotterdam. A source claims that they have opted to select a “a fresh face of the music industry” via PANIK Records.
The Board of Directors at RIK are due to meet tonight for the final approval, so if approved, the official artist announcement will be released in the coming days.
Despite going for an up-and-coming artist, the composer behind the entry is “a very big name.” It is clear that the broadcaster are vying for a strong result in Rotterdam.
UPDATE: Announcement due tomorrow
Through his Twitter account, the chairman of the Board of Directors of RIK, Andreas Frangos, announced that the Cypriot representative for Eurovision 2021 will be revealed tomorrow morning! The announcement will come on the RIK1 channel at 10am local time (9 am CET).
Months of speculation
All throughout the summer, new rumours and leaks were emerging weekly about the Cypriot selection.
We already know for sure that 2021 will not see the return of 2018 runner-up Eleni Foureira, who declined the invitation. However, a return from another artist remained on the cards. Potential returnees who were rumoured included Kalomira, Elias Kolas and Ivi Adamou.
However, there was always the possibility of us seeing a fresh face represent the island nation. A few months ago, it emerged that record label Minos EMI are putting forward Katerina Stikoudi and Irini Papadopoulou.
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” (1982), Hara & Andreas Constantinou’s “Mana you” (1997) and Lisa Andreas’ “Stronger Every Minute” (2004).
While Cyprus secured seven top 11 finishes in the 1990s, their form dipped during the 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 qualifications, Eleni Foureira brought them to second place for the first time with “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 semi-final one of the 2020 contest, which was ultimately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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