They share a common language, strong cultural ties and a deep love for Eurovision. And while only Greece has claimed a win at the Eurovision Song Contest, Cyprus has proven in recent years that it’s got the ambition and creativity to pull it off in the years ahead.
There was a four-year stretch from 2006 to 2009 when Cyprus failed to qualify. But since sitting out the contest in 2014, they’ve managed to reach the grand final every year. And this year they took things to another level, achieving their best-ever result — second place — with the stunning Eleni Foureira. She brought the fire, and Europe felt the heat.
Greece’s fortunes have worked in the other direction. Between 2004 and 2011 they seemed unstoppable, earning eight consecutive Top 10 finishes, including a win with Helena Paparizou in 2005 and a third place with Kalomira in 2008. But disaster struck in 2016 when Argo recorded the country’s first ever non-qualification, a feat Yianna Terzi repeated just last month in Lisbon.
We share our opinions — and our favourites — in the video above. That’s what we think, but what do you think? Scroll through our polls below and let us know which country has won you over more in recent years.
Cyprus did not participate in the 2014 contest, owing to an economic crisis and the need to slash budgets at the broadcaster.
So, instead of asking you to choose between countries, let’s just relive our first interview with Greece’s Freaky Fortune.
Which country has wowed you the most in recent years? Of all these individual acts, who was your favourite? And how can Greece find its feet again? Let us know down below.