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!