About this time last year we learned about Cyprus’ ambitious plans to choose its Eurovision singer. They came in the form of The Eurovision Song Project, a national selection show that lasted longer than the Olympic Games, featured a panel of Cyprus’ most famous singers, and more than a few buckets of tears (and at least one bombastic, expletive-filled rant from a woman named Eva Diva). It proved a success for the Cypriot national broadcaster. Even though “One Thing I Should Have Done” didn’t finish high on Eurovision 2015 scoreboard, everyone was happy that the small island made it to the final. So much so that it now seems that CyBC (also written RIK) will use ESP for Eurovision 2016.
Speaking to Cypriot newspaper Phileleftheros, the broadcaster’s vice president Mr. Thanasis Tsokos seemed to confirm his homeland’s participation:
“…As for 2016, RIK’s program will include The Olympics, Euro and Eurovision Song Project, which are a social good for the people…”
And while we are still waiting for an official official confirmation, this gives us hope that Cyprus will be back at Eurovision and that the Eurovision Song Project will select John Karayiannis’ successor.
Last year, the Melodifestivalen-inspired format consisted of six auditions, two euro-challenge shows (semi-finals) and the grand final. Eurovision legend Alex Panayi, Eurovision 2013 participant Despina Olympiou, Eurovision 1991 participant Elena Patroklou and TV presenter Tasos Tryfonos formed the jury. However, during the semis and the final, many music experts were invited to help ’em out, including Mr Melodifestivalen Christer Bjorkman. All shows were hosted by beautiful Antri Karantoni. They all worked well together, so why not invite them to the 2016 edition?
Update: 28 July at 13:20 GMT. The plot thickens! CyBC’s Evi Papamichael, who oversaw last year’s Eurovision Song Project, tells wiwibloggs that an official decision has not been made yet. Has Mr Tsokos spoken out of turn?