Speaking to the BBC, the Director General of the Cypriot national broadcaster has stated that they would be able to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
With Cyprus the favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the bookmakers, discussions have been taking place as to whether the country would be able to host next years competition. In an interview with the BBC, the head of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, Michael Maratheftis explained that;
We would be delighted, willing and able to host Eurovision if it came to it
Cyprus has previous experience hosting Eurovision events, with this year marking a decade since the country hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with Mr Marathefits clear in explaining that;
We have already hosted the Junior Eurovision in Limassol. We would be delighted to do it again.
The Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Center in Limassol is the largest indoor arena in Cyprus and can hold up to 6,255, this would make it the smallest venue to host Eurovision since the 2003 contest in Riga, Latvia. Cyprus is not the only nation to be thinking about whether they can host next years contest, NRK have also been discussing the logistics of a Norwegian victory.
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.
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.