Latest reports suggest that Cyprus’s rumoured artist for Eurovision 2018, Eleni Foureira, will be working with notable artistic director Sacha Jean Baptiste on her entry.
As earlier reported, Greek singer Eleni Foureira is expected to be announced imminently as Cyprus’ entry for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with a song entitled Fuego composed by notable songwriter Alex P. INFE Greece is now reporting that an official announcement will be made by Cypriot broadcaster CyBC on Wednesday (31 January).
Eleni is likely to be confirmed following earlier rumours that Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou turned down the offer to take Alex P’s song to Lisbon.
INFE Greece also now reports that Sacha Jean-Baptise will be assisting the Cypriot team in Lisbon. Eurovision fans may recognise her name as being involved in the stage direction of multiple Eurovision entries since 2015, including four entries in 2017. Her biggest success to date is working on the 2017 runner-up, Beautiful Mess by Kristian Kostov for Bulgaria. She previously worked with the Cypriot delegation in 2016 when they were represented by the band Minus One in Stockholm.
Eleni Foureira has attempted to represent Greece at the contest several times. Her first attempt was in 2010, where she came second in the Greek national final. Most recently, she attempted to represent Greece in 2016 and 2017, but was rejected by ERT, the Greek broadcaster.
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.