In recent years Cyprus has struggled at the Eurovision Song Contest. Thankfully state broadcaster CyBC is investing big in this year’s national selection process, known as the Eurovision Song Project. But succeeding at ESC takes more than money, honey. Fortunately the Cypriots have another ace up their sleeve in Eurovision veteran, producer and Renaissance man Alex Panayi, who will serve as a judge.
As you’ll recall, Alex placed 9th at Eurovision 1995, and has served as a backing vocalist for Helena Paparizou and Sakis Rouvas, as vocal director for Farid Mammadov and The Tolmachevy Sisters, and as the composer and English lyricist for Sophia Patsalides at Junior Eurovision 2014. L-E-G-E-N-D.
We caught up with Alex at Junior Eurovision, and he explained his role in Cyprus’ beefed-up selection process.
“I will be part of the jury that decides which six songs go into the final, and of course I’ll be a judge in the final,” he says. “It will be 50% for the jury and 50% for the public. There will be no televoting in the previous stages of the selection. It’s just gonna be the jurors’ votes. We want to make sure that we have a decent six songs in the final…songs that in our professional opinion have a good chance to stand on the Eurovision stage.”
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we will la la love the winner!