Tania Breazou could represent Cyprus in the upcoming 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Italy with a song by Michalis Hatzigiannis.
Local sources are reporting that RIK will work once more with PANIK Records in 2022 for the fourth time since 2018. It is said that Cypriot songwriter Michalis Hatzigiannis will compose a song for next year’s contest. Following the 2021 contest, Michalis did publicly state that he would “never say no” to writing a song for the contest. Fans will recognise Michalis for representing Cyprus in 1998 with the song “Genesis”, finishing in 11th.
If Michalis is chosen, it would represent the first time since 2015 that a local Cypriot songwriter will compose the nations Eurovision entry. It is also said that Tania Breazou will be the singer of the entry should Michalis be chosen as the songwriter. Tania Breazou has stated in many interviews that singing at Eurovision is one of her dreams, so it is unlikely the singer would reject any offers from RIK. As for the song, no confirmed details are known, but it’s reported it may be a ballad.
Last year Elena Tsagrinou performed “El Diablo” for Cyprus In the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest and finished 16th overall in the final. “El Diablo” was composed and produced by Jimmy “Joker” Thornfield, Laurell Barker, Oxa, and Thomas Stengaard.
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Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Their best result was in 2018, with Eleni Foureira and the 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.