Cyprus are the first nation to choose their Eurovision act for the 2017 Contest. Hovig was confirmed as the Cypriot entry for 2017 earlier today when national broadcaster CyBC announced he had been chosen through an internal selection process.
Cyprus were one of the first Eurovision acts to announce their candidate for 2016 when they chose rock band Minus One by internal selection in November. Since then all has been quiet in the Cypriot camp until it was revealed earlier today that the song they would sing in Stockholm would be called ‘Alter Ego’.
Cyprus have competed in Eurovision 32 times since they debuted in 1981 with Island. Since then Cyprus’s best result has been fifth place on three occasions with Anna Vissi in 1982, Hara & Andreas Constantinou in 1997 and in 2004 with Lisa Andreas. More recently Cyprus hasn’t fared as well, failing to qualify from the semi final stage on six occasions out of their last ten attempts. Last year’s entry saw Giannis Karagiannis finish in 22nd place with his song ‘One Thing I Should Have Done’.
The Cypriot entry for Eurovision 2015 will be 21 year old Giannis Karagiannis aka John Karayiannis who will compete in the second semi final on 21st May in Vienna with his song ‘The One Thing I Should Have Done’. Cyprus have failed to qualify for 6 0f their past 8 attempts and are hoping that Giannis can improve their previous track record. Read on to hear our views on their chances in 2015.
Cypriot contestant for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, Giannis Karagiannis has unveiled the official video for his cover of the Herrey’s 1984 winning song ‘Diggiloo, Diggiley’. The song has been adapted by Karagiannis to take on more of a jazz influence and the video sees him perform in a 1920s style speakeasy club to an intimate crowd accompanied by a Big Band.
Have you been away? Have you had your finger off the Eurovision pulse this week? Never fear we are here to keep you looped into all the latest Eurovision goings-on with our 15 Things We Learnt This Week.
It’s that time of year when all the Eurovision songs have been announced and we start to receive remixes and acoustic performances from all the acts in the field. Here is the first and I suspect won’t be the last of such remixes. It comes from Cyprus’s Giannis Karagiannis and his song
1. Earlier in the week Maraaya’s official video for their Eurovision song ‘Here For You’ was released. Have a look at the video here.
2. This week Eurovision fans were saddened to hear of the death of former winner Jorgen Ingmann. The 89 year old singer won the contest back in 1963 with his song “Dansevise” (Dance Ballad) for Denmark.
After months of searching for a representative, Cyprus has crowned Giannis Karagiannis as the winner of the Eurovision Song Project and his song ‘One Thing I Should Have Done’ will be their choice for Eurovision 2015.
Karagiannis achieved the highest combined score from a jury panel of expert and public televotes and finished ahead of five other acts
We take a look at what you have to look forward to ahead of Cyprus’ national selection final on Sunday night (1st February). In a selection process akin to Sweden’s Melodifestivalen, Cyprus have aired their show ‘Eurovision Song Project’ since the beginning of December to choose an act for Vienna. The judging panel is full of Cypriot Eurovision royalty including their 2013 entry Despina Olympiou, their 1991 entry Elena Patroklou, and double time representative in both 1995 and 2000 Alex Panagi and some other guy called Tagos Tryfonos. Nope I didn’t recognise any of their names either. The six finalists