The Cypriot Finance Minister has confirmed that the Government will provide financial support should they win the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Speaking on Cypriot television, Harris Georgiades the Finance Minister of Cyprus has stated that the Government will provide support to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, if Eleni wins tonight in Lisbon, Portugal. The Finance Minister stated;
I took the decision and commitment, if we win, to open the state coffers.
He reassured people that, Cyprus is capable of hosting the competition and that it will not be a burden to the island nation. He added;
Therefore, to allay concerns, the financial part is not an issue, the state coffers will open, and that is not something I say often.
The Cyprus Mail also reports that the Head of CyBC, the Cypriot national broadcaster has traveled to Lisbon, Portugal for this years contest. Thanasis Tsokos has traveled to the Portuguese Capital to support the nations participant and aide the delegation in the event that Eleni wins this evening.
Cyprus is the favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, they are represented by Eleni Foureria and the song “Fuego”. 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.
Source: Cyprus Mail
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.