After weeks of speculation as to who will represent Cyprus, we finally have an official answer. Cypriot broadcaster RiK has confirmed that Greek star Eleni Foureira will finally get her shot at Eurovision.
Eleni will sing “Fuego” in Lisbon. The song is composed by Alex P, a man with plenty of Eurovision experience. Amongst his hits are Aysel and Arash’s “Always”, as well as Ivi Adamou’s “La La Love”.
Cyprus are also bringing in the big guns when it comes to staging. Sacha Jean-Baptiste returns to help Cyprus again, having worked with Minus One in 2016. With successes including Kristian Kostov’s “Beautiful Mess” behind her too, it’s clear Cyprus are really going all out. And with a title like “Fuego” (Fire), we’re expecting something just as hot, y’all!
Eleni’s Eurovision dreams have been well documented in the past. Foureira almost made it to Eurovision in 2010, when she competed in the 2010 Greek national final with “Kivotos tou Noe”. While she missed out by coming in second place, that did not kill her Eurovision desire.
In 2013 Foureira made another appearance at the Greek national final — but this time as the interval act. She joined Ukraine’s first Eurovision winner Ruslana for an attitude-packed cover of “Wild Dances”.
Eleni also spoke out last year to complain about the Greek broadcaster’s “snub” of never selecting her. Clearly, she’s decided that enough is enough and it’s time for a change, and RiK were more than happy to bring her in!
“Fuego” will be released in the coming weeks, with no official date set yet. If it’s an uptempo hit though, we’d risk saying that Eleni might even close the first semi-final, where she performs in the second half.
What do you think of Cyprus’ decision to select Eleni? Are you excited to finally see her get a shot at Eurovision? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!
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”feugo ” is Greek verb.
Sacha Jean-Baptiste’s stagings aren’t always good. Cyprus 2016 was kinda boring, it didn’t do justice to their pop-rock song. Australia 2017 is another example.
Yep. I think her only good ones have been with Armenia in 2016 and 2017 and that’s only because she did the camera work for Armenia and stage direction and hired the choreographers for 2017 . She didn’t do the background visuals, clothing design etc…
Well, since Spain won’t bring the fuego to the party, Cyprus might as well snatch the chance…
Calm down people! When you heard her sing live, you might not feel very excited about it!
She’ll do very well for Cyprus.
I’m a bit upset she didn’t represent Greece, but Greece’s loss will be Cyprus’ gain.
Spanish song maybe??
So in others words, it’s 100% confirmed that Cyprus will receive 48 points from Greece this year.
You mean 24
24 from Greece (12 jury + 12 televoting)
24 from Albania (12 jury + 12 televoting)
She is from Albania. She was raised in Greece and has established a career in Greece & Cyprus
she’ll also get some from spain if the song is in spanish lol
Lettuce see if Albania betrays Italy like this. Maybe they’re mad at Eleni hiding her Albanian nationality until 2014 and saying she was Brazilian.
24 in semi (jury + televotes) then another 24 in the final (if they qualify).
Yes Cyprus will receive 12 points from Greece
Yes Sweden will receive 12 points from Norway/Finland
Yes Spain will receive 12 points from Portugal
Its the same thing every year!
I hope it’s an ethnic song like her song Vassilisa. She’s amazing! She’s what Cyprus needs and she’s what Eurovision needs. Camera loves and she loves the camera….the whole thing!
Girl, I am so ready for this! Cyprus did the right thing by choosing her. She’s gonna bring the party and the fuego! I’m so happy for Cyprus!
Hope Greece or Cyprus will deliver something like this. Please.
Albania and Greece are both in semi 1, which means she has guaranteed 48 points already. I think the threshold for qualification has been around 100 points in the last 2 years, so all she needs is around 50-60 points. She can easily collect that much with an Alex P song, unless she gives a terrible vocal performance. We also know that Azerbaijan, Armenia and Bulgaria will be friendly to Cyprus- so I will be shocked if she does not qualify.
🙁 i’m greek and i love her so much i wish her the best too bad ert is messed up good luck and maybe some years later with Greece <3 go queen show them how it is to be a real pop star and performer
Do you think the problem is her being of Albanian descent?
No, not at all.
I think it’s a simple matter of Eleni not wanting to participate in another national final. After all, Eleni could have entered the Greek final this year, yet she didn’t.
Also, things with ERT are very political. They do what they do for internal reasons.
Beyoncé from Lidl!!! Let’s see how she will sound live! Not voice tunes like Mad awards
Fuego? My collection of wigs has been INCINERATED. I’m ready for this Latin sex bop.
Dude, you and I need to go wig-shopping together. Mine and my scalp is completely gone.
You can come tiki tam wig shopping with me as long as you stan for this pentaracial goddess.
Well, we need hot people with catchy dance tunes. I hope for the best (e.i. Kalomira or Ani Lorak), but remain open to all options. Anyway, welcome Eleni!
Does the title imply that the song is in Spanish, or is it just the case like Dai Laga, which is basically an English song with one repeated phrase in another language?
Only the Title! She confirmed that the song will be in english!
So so happy for Cyprus! I’ll say that I have my doubts about Eleni’s vocal performance which has to be flawless. And I’ll still have them until the rehearsals. However, Cyprus shows they aim high, instead our broadcaster ERT, doesn’t seem to have a plan and I’m so disappointed. Back to Cyprus, I really want them to do well and this year they have a chance. An up-beat song which seems to fit Eleni’s personality and music style. It wil stand out in a potential sea of ballads. A song that can showcase Eleni’s stage presence and dance abilities, because… Read more »
Ok … sorry for her fans, but that’s really all I hate. The lyrics take two thousand years to arrive, and the song itself is a kind of dance dated without interest. And then the choreography, hello. Or rather, goodbye!
is the song even out?
What song are you talking about because above in the article we have COVERS –
Ruslana song that is a winner, and Golden Boy that did very well in 2015. So is this what you are judging?
Have you already heard the song? Just being curious
A throwback to the uptempo ethno-dance acts of the early/mid 00s, but with modern staging? I’m loving it already
When do the melodifestivalen deltawhatever 1 snippets get released?
Sounds like this years token ESC dance track that will reach 21th place or so. Count me in! I’m loving it already.
After Ireland, I hope you guys are feeling better now! 🙂
PS: I assume that Cyprus chose the titel of the song for “artistic” reasons and not because the ESC is in Portugal. That would be too much ignorance…
What about Igit – Lisboa Jerusalem?……but sure everybody loved that.
True, that was a bit opportunistic. But at least that got the language right… I still assume that they know that “fuego” means fire in Spanish and that did chose to be in Spanish because they felt like it, and not because it is in Portugal, because in Portugal we speak… Portuguese…
Is because Despacito. Is all about Puerto Rico.
😉 yeah, right… it figured… Everybody is afraid that we will have “Amor pelos dois” copycats, but I think we will have a lot of despacitos… ehehe (not making any judgements here 🙂 )
Actually, Arde is Spanish, Portuguese is “Queima”
My bad, I just assume—>Fuego= Arde lol
In any case, “Fuego” is Spanish, Portuguese word is “Fogo”
Yes exactly that was my point…
Most probably she will get points from Albania since she is Albanian. Quite some people know her here from showbiz news, even though she has lived most of her life in Greece.
Albanians won’t vote for her ?? she denied her origin and she doesnt even speaks Albanian, and during an interview she and the journalist were speeking in Greek (2 Albanians in albania speaking in greek for albanian audience ??????????) . Im pretty sure wont get enough votes to get 12 Points. But can’t deny she is very good on giving great performances and she has a good hopefully will do well at ESC ?
I hope she will sing better than this http://www.reportaznet.gr/2017/11/i-cant-live.html
That video is so old. This is one shows she can sing.
Check out this one too
So a eurovision-friendly dance song with no depth whatsoever….. I am into it!
Next Top Model 2018 for sure
I think that Azeri singer already has it in her pocket. :p
@Ian – highly doubt it. Eleni brings her fair share of sexyness to the table and can snatch it. And if Armenia chooses Asmik, things will definitely get heated.