Eleni Foureira has decided against returning to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021 for Cyprus.
Giannis Poulopoulos has stated on Eftychite that Eleni Foureira has decided against returning to the Eurovision Song Contest for Cyprus in 2021. According the journalist, Eleni did not want to return to the contest due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. She would instead like to return when the pandemic is over and when Eurovision can be held normally.
Eleni was approached by RIK as the broadcaster is looking to internally select the Cypriot entrant for Eurovision 2021. The singer who finished second in Lisbon with “Fuego”, reportedly met with songwriter Alex Papaconstantinou to discuss a potential song for the 2021 contest. Alex P wrote “Fuego” which went on to be Cyprus’ best result in the Eurovision Song Contest and went on to be a charting hit across Europe.
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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.