CyBC and Panik Records are set to co-operate on a new talent show to select the nation’s Eurovision 2023 representative.
Greek record label Panik Records is set to help determine the Cypriot representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. The CEO of Panik records revealed today in an interview with Ok Magazine that:
I can say that we as Panik have talked to RIK, the state channel of Cyprus, and we will take over the representation of the country in Eurovision in 2023. So whoever wins in the new talent show, which we are preparing, will represent Cyprus in Eurovision in 2023. I consider it a very strong prize, which will bring very good entries.
Panik records has co-operated with CyBC on a number of recent Eurovision entries. They have been behind the Cypriot representatives at the contest in 2018, 2020 and 2021. This is the first time that Cyprus will hold a national selection for Eurovision since 2015.
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.
Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses | Source: Ok Magazine
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.