Helena Paparizou has turned down an offer by Cypriot broadcaster RIK, to represent the island nation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
INFE Greece reports that after days of talks between the Cypriot delegation and Helena Paparizou and her management, that the singer has decided against taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest for a third time. The Head of RIK, as well as senior executives and songwriter Alex Papaconstantinou traveled to Athens to in the past few days, to try and convince the singer to take part in Eurovision.
According to INFE Greece, despite thinking highly of the offer and having a strong working relationship and personal friendship with Alex Papaconstantinou, Helena decided that taking part in Eurovision this year was not for her. RIK will now continue their search for the country’s participant in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
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.
Source: INFE Greece
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.