Earlier this year, Cyprus sent rockers Minus One to compete in Stockholm, where they placed 21st with “Alter Ego”. But if the latest rumours are anything to go by, Cyprus will be selecting a different type of act for Kyiv.
It seems that for Eurovision 2017, Cyprus will be internally selecting a solo artist. In recent days, the names of three young Cypriot singers have emerged as most likely to be internally selected by broadcaster CyBC: Loukas Giorkas (ESC 2011), Charis Savva (JESC 2008, NF 2015) and Andreas Leontas (Greek X Factor 2016). Let’s meet the three acts vying for the one place and see what makes them so appealing.
Loukas has previously competed at Eurovision, when he represented Greece in 2011. His song “Watch My Dance” featured the rapper Stereo Mike and placed seventh in Düsseldorf. Loukas also won the first Greek series of The X Factor in 2008. His pop career is based on his modern take on traditional Greek folk music, so if he returned to Eurovision he wouldn’t necessarily be delivering a big Måns or Sergey pop moment. Loukas is said to be the broadcaster’s first choice.
Charis represented Cyprus at Junior Eurovision 2008, where she sang “Gioupi gia!” in a girl duo with Elena Mannouri. Charis later appeared in the Cyprus national final in 2015, where she performed the emotional ballad “Deila den agapo” with Nearchos Evangelou. The bilingual Greek and French song placed last in the grand final. While Cyprus is also rumoured to be wanting a male performer this year, Charis’ 2015 performance of “Chandelier” proves she has Eurovision diva potential.
Andreas brought his cool bearded hipster style to win this year’s series of The X Factor in Greece. He’s a strong, confident performer and brings a handsome swagger to the stage when he performs. And if the screams from The X Factor audience are anything to go by, he has more than his fair share of admirers.
What do you think? Should Cyprus send one of these three to Eurovision? Or should they look somewhere else? Share your thoughts below!