The 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest is coming up at the end of this month, and we spoke to Cypriot entrant Nicole Nicolaou about her preparations ahead of the contest.
Your song is about being a star, who is your favourite pop star and why?
My favourite pop star is Adele, because she has a charming strong voice and her passion in singing.
Your song is quite upbeat, will you be dancing on stage or will you bring backing dancers with you like in your music video?
I have my own moves and another three dancers will be on stage with me.
Would you ever consider participating in the Eurovision Song Contest when you are older?
I am always enjoying watching the Eurovision Song Contest and I would like to participate when I am older.
How was your song chosen? Do you have any connection to the meaning of the song?
My song was chosen internally by CYBC. Yes, I have a personal connection to the meaning of the song, which is about young people who have dreams and with their family’s love and support they can reach the top for anything they want to achieve.
What do you imagine it will be like to represent your country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest?
It’s an honour for me to represent my country and with my song I would like to send a message to all the children: “Just follow your dreams”.
Where in the world would you most like to visit?
Iceland and Hawaii.
Who is your idol and what would you say to them if you had the chance to meet them?
Like I mentioned above, my idol is Adele and if I ever get the chance to meet her I would ask her to sing together.
How would you describe yourself?
Fun, friendly and loving person.
Nicole Nicolaou will represent Cyprus at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her song “I Wanna Be A Star” is sung in both Greek and English.
Cyprus participated in the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 where they were represented by Theodora Rafti, she finished 14 with just 16 points. The countries best result came in 2004 when Marios Tofi finished 8th with the song “Oniera” scoring a total of 61 points. In 2008 Cyprus hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. On home soil, they were represented by Elena Mannouri & Charis Saava they finished 10th with 46 points. The country returned to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, having last participated in 2014 and 2009.