Less than two months on from Eurovision 2017, RIK are busy discussing plans for next years national final for Eurovision 2018.
ShowTime-cy reports that meetings are underway at the Cypriot national broadcaster to discuss the format and rules of next years national selection. The broadcaster according to the report hopes to launch the selection process with a call for songs in August. The call for songs will be open to international songwriters as long as they work alongside a Cypriot songwriter or composer.
In addition to discussions about the national selection, it is reported that Haris Savva has once again been selected as the Artistic Director for Cyprus. Mr Savva was the choreographer behind Hovig’s performance in Kyiv, Ukraine. The performance and staging concept received a large amount of praise from the press at the competition.
Cyprus last held a national selection in 2015 when John Karagiannis performed “One Thing I Should Have Done”, he took Cyprus into their first final since 2012. In the final he finished 22nd with a total of 11 points. Since their return to the competition in 2015 Cyprus has not missed a final. Their best result came last year in Stockholm, where Minus One finished 21st with their song “Alter Ego”, scoring 96 points.
Hovig finished 21st in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with his song “Gravity”. He scored a total of 68 points in the final, including 12 points from the televoting public in Armenia and Greece, as well as 12 points from the Greek jury.
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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.