Ian Stratis has confirmed that he would like to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest in the future.
Ian Stratis, who finished 2nd in The X Factor Greece 2016, has confirmed that he would like to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest. Speaking to Greek media the singer commented that:
Eurovision is a great opportunity and I would like to represent Greece or Cyprus.
Ian’s comments follow those of Vangelis Kakouriotis, who also stated his interest in representing Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Ian was one of the artists reportedly approached by the Cypriot public broadcaster to represent the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The singer reportedly made it into the final three acts before CyBC selected Sandro as the Cypriot representative.
CyBC is holding another internal selection to find its representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The Cypriot broadcaster opted not to select Sandro, who had been chosen for the 2020 contest, to return to the contest next year in Rotterdam.
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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.