It has been claimed that Cyprus will be drafting in a mystery composer for their 2018 national final, the island’s first selection show since 2015.
Infe Greece has reported that the well-known composer has already been brought in by CyBC, the Cypriot broadcaster, to compose the Cypriot entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Whilst no further details as to the identity of the composer have been revealed as of yet, it has been suggested that Thomas G:son, who has composed the past two Cypriot entries, will not be involved in the Cypriot selection for 2018. An announcement from CyBC regarding the identity of the composer is expected to come within the next few weeks.
Cyprus are one of the first countries to make serious plans for their 2018 song selection. It was announced during the 2017 contest itself that Cyprus would be hosting a national final in 2018, their first since 2015. 2015 saw John Karagiannis representing the island with the song “One Thing I Should Have Done”, marking Cyprus’ return to the contest after a year’s break. He took Cyprus into their first final since 2012, and began a run of qualifications for the country. Their best result since their return came last year in Stockholm, where Minus One finished in 21st place with their song “Alter Ego”, earning 96 points.
This year, Hovig finished in 21st place in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 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.
Source: Infe Greece
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Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Their 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, which 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.