A new commentary team have been revealed in Cyprus for the Eurovision Song Contest, taking over from Melina Karageorgiou.
The Cypriot national broadcaster has announced a new commentary team, marking the first change to the Cypriot commentary team since 2010. Tasos Tryfonos and Christiana Artemiou were announced yesterday as the new duo who will be commentating at the contest for Cypriot viewers. Tasos is a well known television and a radio presenter, while Christiana Artemiou is a radio presenter.
The previous commentary team for Cyprus was formed of Melina Karageorgiou. Melania had been the lead commentator for Cyprus since 2008, taking over the role from Vaso Komninou who commentated once for the country in 2007. Interestingly the current Head of Delegation for Cyprus, Evi Papamichail was the commentator for Cyprus from 1991 to 2006.
Cyprus has internally selected Hovig to represent them in Kyiv, Ukraine. He most recently took part in their National Selection back in 2015 with his song “Stone In A River” where he finished 4th, and also tried the selection in 2010. Like many other Greek Eurovision stars such as Eleftheria Eleftheriou (Greece 2012) and Ivi Adamou (Cyprus 2012), Hovig took part in the X Factor Greece, finishing 7th in the second series.
Hovig has started promoting across Europe since before the New Year, as he travelled to Yerevan, where he performed his 2015 song “Stone In A River” at Armenia’s National Final Depi Evratesil as part of the interval. He is currently one of a number of performers in Israel for “Israel Calling”.
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Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Cyprus’ best result in the contest came in the form of three fifth place finishes. Their highest points finish came in 2004 when Lisa Andreas performed “Stronger Every Minute” in Istanbul, Turkey. She finished 5th in the final scoring 170 points, this included 12 points from Greece. Cyprus withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 due to financial difficulties but returned again in 2015 where they were represented by John Karagiannis.