Auditions have begun today in Cyprus to find the country’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
The Cypriot national final will be held in January 2018. The winning artist will represent Cyprus in Lisbon with a song composed for Eurovision by the multiple award-winning producer, musician and songwriter, Alexander “Alex P” Papaconstantinou.
Alex P was announced as the Cypriot composer in September. He is half-Greek, half-Swedish and is based in Stockholm. He has a number of notable writing and producing credits including I Like How It Feels by Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez’s hit Live It Up.
Alex also has an extensive Eurovision pedigree with involvement in past entries including Yassou Maria (Greece 2007) and La La Love (Cyprus 2012). He has also worked with past Greek Eurovision representatives Helena Paparizou and Anna Vissi.
The national selection is open to all Cypriot citizens or people of Cypriot origin. As of today, an expert panel including Alex P, Christer Bjorkman (producer of the Swedish selection Melodifestivalen) and Charis Savvas (choreographer for Cyprus’s 2017 Eurovision entry, Gravity) will choose the 4 or 5 finalists who will compete to represent Cyprus in the live final in January. At the final, the chosen artists will perform covers of well-known songs. The winner will be determined through a combination of jury and public votes. The Cypriot song for 2018 will be revealed in the weeks after the national selection.
Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.