The Cypriot jury for Eurojury 2020 is formed of two members, consisting of Minus One and Alex Panayi.
Each voting nation is represented by a jury consisting of past Eurovision, Junior Eurovision, national final participants and special guests. Each juror is asked to form a ranking of their favourite competing songs which is combined with the other jurors in their country.
Minus One are a Cypriot rock band formed in 2009. The group attempted to represent Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, but placed third in the national final. A year later, they were internally selected to represent the country with their song “Alter Ego”. They finished in 21st place in the final in Stockholm, Sweden.
Since their Eurovision appearance, they have released their first album “Red Black White” and a cover single of the song “You Don’t Own Me”.
Alex Panayi was born on 24th June 1970 in Nicosia, Cyprus, and is a singer, composer, lyricist, vocal coach and arranger. Born into a musical family, Alex had established himself as a singer songwriter at the age of 18, and had moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to study music.
Panayi has an extensive background at the Eurovision Song Contest. His first appearance at the contest was in 1989 when he provided backing vocals for Cyprus’ entry “Apopse As Vrethoume”. He has represented the country on two occasions since – in 1995 with the song “Sti fotia”, finishing in 9th place, and once again in 2000 as part of Voice, who placed 21st with the song “Nomiza”.
Since his appearances at the contest, he has mainly worked as a vocal director for numerous successful entries such as My Number One (Greece 2005), You Are The Only One (Russia 2016), and Scream (Russia 2019).
The Cypriot Votes
As revealed previously, in alphabetical order, the top 10 countries selected by the Cypriot jury are:
- Bulgaria (Top 3)
- Georgia (Top 3)
- Lithuania (Top 3)
- The Netherlands
Cyprus will feature in the 15th position in the first semi final of Eurojury 2020 on Monday the 27th of April. Cyprus were due to be represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 by Sandro with the song “Running”.
About Eurojury 2020
Eurojury will return in 2020 for the eighth broadcast of the most accurate simulation of Eurovision results. 180 Eurovision winners, past participants, national finalists and a handful of special guests are due to take part in this year’s edition, which will be broadcast live on Showcase, by Eurovoix on May 1st.
For the past two years, Eurojury has correctly identified the winner of Eurovision with both Netta and Duncan Laurence topping the overall leaderboard in Eurojury and the Eurovision Song Contest itself. Eurojury also correctly identified four out of the top five acts in the final in Tel Aviv.
For a fifth consecutive year, Rob Lilley will present the coverage. This will be the third time he has been the sole presenter following two editions with a co-host – 2016 with Karl William Lund and in 2019 with Alice Chapman.
Directing the show once again will be Samuel Deakin – he has conducted this role on every edition of Eurojury. Heading up the production will be James Rowe after he co-produced the broadcast in 2019.
We’re pleased that we have partnerships with multiple trusted Eurovision brands this year: Eurovision Hub, Aussievision, ESCXTRA, Eurovision Showcase and The Euro Trip. Each brand will be supporting Eurojury 2020 in the run-up to the three broadcasts on April April 27, April 29 and May 01.
Follow all the latest updates about this year’s broadcasts on eurovoix.com as well as on Twitter, @Eurovoix and @Eurojury2020.