The Greek singer Vangelis Kakouriotis is rumoured to be participating in Eurovision 2019 for Cyprus.
SigmaLive (the web portal of Cypriot TV station Sigma TV) reports that Vangelis Kakouriotis is now likely to represent Cyprus in Tel Aviv. The report cites the journalist Yannis Poulopoulos, who has worked on Eurovision for many years, as the source of the rumour. Kakouriotis is a 22 year old singer, musician and songwriter signed with Panik Records. His latest song Esena Mono Thelo was released in July.
He is also known in Greece for winning the most recent season of Dancing with the Stars.
Earlier rumours suggested that the Cypriot broadcaster CyBC had approached singer and X Factor Greece judge Tamta to represent Cyprus in Tel Aviv. Reports also suggest that the song intended to represent Cyprus in Eurovision 2019 has been recorded.
In 2019, Alex P the composer of Fuego (Eurovision 2018 runner-up) will once again compose the Cypriot entry. The creative team behind the entry will also include Teddy Sky, Viktor Svensson, Albin Nedler and Kristofer Fogelmark. In addition to Fuego, which became a Europe-wide hit following the contest in Lisbon, Alex P worked on the Cypriot entry in 2012, La La Love and Azerbaijan’s Always from the 2009 contest.
CyBC have also confirmed that the stage director behind Fuego, Sacha Jean Baptiste will return in 2019. The Swedish choreographer has become well known for her impressive visuals and striking staging at the Eurovision Song Contest. At the 2018 contest she directed the performances of Cyprus, Australia and Bulgaria and has also previously worked with the delegations of Armenia and Georgia.
Source: Sigma Live
Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Their best result was in 2018, with Eleni Foureira and performance of the song “Fuego” won second place with 436 points. Before then, their best results in the contest came in the form of three fifth place finishes. In 2004, Lisa Andreas performed “Stronger Every Minute” in Istanbul, Turkey. She finished 5th in the final scoring 170 points, which included 12 points from Greece. They also placed fifth in 1997 with Hara & Andreas Constantinou and their song “Mana mou”, and in 1982 with Anna Vissi’s “Mono i agapi.” Cyprus withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 due to financial difficulties but returned again in 2015.