Cyprus: Helena Paparizou has reportedly turned down RIK’s Eurovision offer

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Earlier this week, Cypriot media reported that broadcaster RIK was trying to convince Eurovision star Helena Paparizou to represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2018. But the dream could be over. INFE Greece is reporting that the Greek-Swedish star has said no thanks.

The fan blog reports that Paparizou had been in negotiations with RIK executives. Representatives from the Cypriot broadcaster had flown to Athens earlier this week to meet with the Eurovision 2005 winner.

The proposal would have involved a song written by fellow Greek-Swede, the hitmaker Alex P. His involvement in the Cypriot entry for Eurovision 2018 has been long confirmed, but he also has also previously written for Paparizou.

Paparizou was reported to have loved the song Alex P has prepared for Eurovision 2018, but decided that she wasn’t ready to make a third appearance at Eurovision. At least not this year.

What now for RIK?

Last year the broadcaster confirmed that Cyprus would pick its singer through a national final held in January. It would be run as a talent show, with the contestants performing cover versions to allow their talents to be judged. The winner of the national final would then go on to perform the song written by Alex P.

This now seems to have been put aside and the broadcaster has shifted to internal selection for both the artist and the song.

Rumours have emerged suggesting that RIK is now considering either Eleni Foureira or Tamta. The two Greek pop divas have long been fan favourites to represent Greece at Eurovision. Could one finally get her chance singing for Cyprus?

Foureira competed in the 2010 Greek national final with “Kivotos tou Noe”, which placed second. She recently had a hit with a Greek version of Nadav Guedj’s “Golden Boy”. Foureira has made no secret of her dream to go to Eurovision. Last year she spoke of her sadness at not being selected to represent Greece in Kyiv.

And Tamta also has Eurovision history. She competed in the 2007, where her song “With Love” placed second. She also said that her record company was keen for her to enter the national final in 2015 — in place of eventual winner Maria-Elena Kyriakou. Tamta’s potential entry for the 2015 national final was “Unloved” — co-written and produced by Alex P.

However, it’s important to remember that this all remains speculation. Broadcaster RIK has not made any statements regarding Helen Paparizou, Eleni Foureira, Tamta or the potentially cancelled national final.

What do you think? How should Cyprus select its act for Eurovision 2018? Who would you like to see on stage in Lisbon? Tell us what you think below!

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