It’s the small island nation known for collaborating with a Eurovision-winning songwriter. Now Cyprus has once again cemented their relationship with Swedish maestro Thomas G:son. At a press conference on Thursday, G:son and singer Hovig were introduced to Cyprus media and fans.
In what is becoming an annual tradition, the Cyprus broadcaster RIK held a press conference introducing their Eurovision act and the man who will write the song.
G:son told the crowd that he had a good feeling about Cyprus’ song for Kyiv. He told the audience, “I’m really honoured and thankful to get the chance to write a song for Cyprus once again. We had a great time last time in Stockholm with Minus One. I have a good feeling this year as well.”
Singer Hovig also thanked the broadcaster for giving him the opportunity to represent Cyprus. He promised to make his best effort to get Cyprus into the final again, giving a shout out to Minus Ones success in Stockholm.
Cyprus media is also reporting details of the broadcaster’s costs for Eurovision 2017. All up, it will cost RIK €100,000, with the largest portion of that being the €40,000 participation fee to the EBU. €10,000 will be paid to Thomas G:son for writing the song, and the remaining €50,000 will be for travel, accomodation and living expenses of the Cypriot team in Kyiv.
Thomas G:son was one of the song writers behind Loreen’s winning “Euphoria” in 2012, and since then he’s been Eurovision regular, often collaborating with entries for Cyprus, Georgia and Spain.
In 2015, G:son co-wrote Edurne’s emotional song “Amanecer”. While it was a favourite with Spanish fans, the song disappointingly placed only 21st. G:son had better luck that same year with Georgia’s Nina Sublatti. His revamped version of her oximated song “Warrior” placed 11th in the grand final.
Most recently, G:son returned to his rock roots when he co-wrote “Alter Ego” with Cypriot rockers Minus One, and revamped “Midnight Gold” for the Georgian Britpop group Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz. Both songs qualified for the final in Stockholm.
This year, G:son will be writing a song for X Factor star Hovig. It is expected that Cyprus’ song for Kyiv will be presented in late February.