Cyprus will choose their Eurovision 2018 artist through the likes of a national final format.
Cypriot broadcaster CyBC have revealed that they will be using a national final format to select their artist for Eurovision 2018. The last time they used such a format was in 2015, when the the show “Eurovision Song Project” was used to select John Karagiannis. It has been reported by Infe Greece that there will be several phases when it comes to the national final.
It was reported last month that Cyprus will internally select the composer of their song. Already rumoured is Alex Papaconstanitou, who is known in the Eurovision world for co-writing “Always”, the 2009 entry for Azerbaijan. Also reported is the fact that Haris Savvas, director-choreographer of their 2017 entry “Gravity”, will once again be responsible for the stage performance next year. We expect that more information about both the national final and the composer will be revealed in the upcoming months.
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.