64.6% of the Cypriot audience watched last night as Eleni Foureria took the country in to the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon.
RIK recorded over 50% viewing share for over 90 minutes last night, as the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was aired in the country. Eleni Foureria took to the stage with “Fuego” and entered the show last night as this years favourite to win the competition. Viewing share peaked at 64.6% as the ten qualifiers were revealed.
Viewing figures for the Grand Final are expected to be their highest in years in Cyprus. Last year a total of 136,170 viewers watched the final in Cyprus, while the largest viewing figures for the final in Cyprus in recent years came in 2012 when 223,000 viewers tuned in.
Eleni was internally selected in 2018 by the Cypriot broadcaster to perform the Alex P written track, Fuego. However, she has attempted to represent Greece in Eurovision on several previous occasions. In 2010, she came second in the Greek national final show. In 2013, she starred once again in the national final, performing “Wild Dances” with Ruslana. Most recently, she attempted to represent Greece in 2016 and 2017 but was rejected by the broadcaster.
Whilst Cyprus have never won, and therefore never hosted the Eurovision Song Contest, the country did host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2008.
Source: INFE Greece
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.