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 Giorkas

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 Savva

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 Leontas

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!

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Clyde
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In my opinion “Alter Ego” is the best ever entry from Cyprus. Rock on Cypriots – keep up your good work 🙂

argyrisnastopoulos
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One GIMME GIMME

Angela
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Angela

anything but Andreas Leodas honestly he doesn’t have talent at all and he only won cause there wasn’t any other Cypriot in the final

SauleRiet
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SauleRiet

Sophia Patsalides would be great choice. 😀

Alenn
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Alenn

@ESC84:

I also like Nikos Vertis, but don’t get your hopes high, he is not interested in Eurovision.

Alenn
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Alenn

@Ern: Too big an artist? Unfortunately, at the moment Loukas is big only in gossip magazines, which are full of his photos with Elena Rapti (his politician girlfriend). It’s been 8 years since he won the Greek X-Factor and 5 years since his Eurovision attempt and still he hasn’t had any big breakthrough-no discography, not even one big hit. There are other young singers like Nikos Ikonomopoulos or Konstantinos Argiros, whose style is similar to Loukas and their songs are playing on the radio 24/7 (I live in Cyprus, so I’m aware of the whole Greek/Cyprus music scene). Loukas is… Read more »

bella
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bella

Loukas again! With an english song!

George
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The fact that Greece 2011 won the semi and came 3rd with the televote and has so many haters will always be a mistery to me. And as a Greek and a Helena Paparizou fun, I can’t deny that Loukas was our best entry ever.
Anyway, Loukas or Chris whould be perfect. The last guy is completely talentless and the fact that he won the Xfactor was a crime, considering the fact that the other finalists Stereo Soul and Ian Stratis were miles better than him

Thiefo
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I only would be willing to give Loukas another chance if he were to sing something completely different to Watch my dance, I never understood how that many people liked it…

ESC
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ESC

All good choices bit I don’t think Loukas could improve on 2011 especially if he competes with cyprus

Ern
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Ern

Honestly, I don’t think Loukas Yiorkas will be representing Cyprus. He’s too big an artist in the Greek/Cyprus music world (which is THE SAME music industry).

Loukas does not want to be the next Evi Adamou. Remember her? A hot, up and coming artist who failed to break into the top 10.

La La Love would have been top 10 had she represented Greece.

ESC84
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ESC84

2011s entry is the best Greek entry, always want to listen to Greek music elements, i am hoping Nikos Vertis though

ct_greece
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ct_greece

Loukas’ amazing combination of looks and voice is the only sensible choice here for a good result, even though the girl does have a good voice. On the other hand Andreas is really not much of a singer…

NickC
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NickC

I think they are all charismatic performers, the question is whether Cyprus will have the right song or not.

Alenn
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Alenn

I’ve listened to Andreas Leontas song “Protos Rolos” (his debut single after he won the X-Factor) and I felt that it sounds like a dated Eurovision song from the ’90s or early ’00s. If he ends up being selected for Eurovision, he needs a better, more modern song. As for Loukas, sadly he has no career to speak of, in either Greece or Cyprus. I haven’t heard of him release any new songs since the time he went to Eurovision, and he is more famous for his relationship with a high-profile politician than his music. I personally don’t think he… Read more »

Niki
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Niki

Personally, I hope for Sophia Patsalides. 😉

Make Frans Trend Again (and again)
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Make Frans Trend Again (and again)

Never liked Greece 2011. I’ll say it again that Loucas’ voice for that song sounded like a high school kid singing in an amateurish stage play. Add the rap part and make the song extra cringey. He might do a Dima Bilan with a better song than that.

danielvarga
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danielvarga

I WANT MINUS ONE BACK!!!!!!!

Savvas
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Savvas

Andreas Leontas isn’t really talented. Hisvoice is pretty average. On the other hand, Loukas is great!

Viktor Richard
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Viktor Richard

Sophia Patsalides, that all I have to say

Kris
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Kris

Why not some LA LA LA LA LA LA LA love!! Ive been waiting for this… . 🙂

DJ Tiggeh
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DJ Tiggeh

Bring back Evridiki

oooops
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oooops

You are not the only one Adam. I think “Watch my dance” was one of the best greek song in the 2010’s, together with the song from 2010 and 2013.

Jak
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Jak

Loukas is hot as hell.

Adam
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Adam

I must be the only guy to think Greece 2011 was one of the best entries ever, at the very least the second or third best song they’ve ever sent…I love his voice and genre of music he sings in, so I’m all for Loukas to make a comeback, maybe and hopefully without the rapper this time. The bearded guy is really good too! I’d be happy if he gets picked.

Thomas
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Thomas

Well..I hated Greece 2011, so no to him, now while both the girl and the bearded guy had phenomenal voices, I was completely bored by both of them. So IDk maybe it depends on the song for them both.