We have no idea. But the thought that Eleni Foureira could have been invited by Spain to sing at Eurovision 2020 sent the Eurofandom into meltdown over the weekend following reports in the Greek media.
As you’ll recall, Spain revealed last week that it’s going in a whole new direction for Eurovision 2020. For the first time since Edurne in 2015, the Spanish broadcaster will select its act internally — that is, behind closed doors without public input. It’s a change that Toñi Prieto hinted at recently and one which many fans have been waiting for. Apparently the name will drop soon. And, perhaps most importantly, it’s a “well-known artist”. ¡Ay, caramba!
Ruth Lorenzo, Rosalia, Diana Navarro — they’ve been whispered by more than a few fans. But according to Greek media there’s one very big foreign name that has been discussed by RTVE: Eleni!
The rumour emerged during a TV show on Greece’s Star Channel. Journalist Giannis Poulopoulos claimed that RTVE had approached Eleni Foureira for a second shot at the Eurovision Song Contest. Was Eleni that “well-known artist” they wanted for their internal selection?
Poulopoulos claims that Eleni was honoured by Spain’s request. If true, it would have been further testament to her enduring popularity in the Iberian nation. As you’ll recall after her participation in Eurovision 2018, “Fuego” went platinum in Spain and she performed on a series of Spanish TV shows and at Pride events in the cuontry.
Nevertheless, Eleni reportedly turned down the proposal. That’s because Eleni has plans to move to Los Angeles — a major recording hub for former Eurovision artists including Alexey Vorobyov, Tim Schou and others — this January. Eleni hopes to launch an international career in the States, and she will be staying there for at least three months.
There’s more. Poulopoulos also claimed that Cyprus may still be considering asking Eleni Foureira for 2020. The president of Cypriot broadcaster RIK was spotted having dinner with Giorgos Arsenakos and Eleni Foureira to discuss potential plans for Eleni’s return for Eurovision 2020. Whether this will result in Eleni participating for Cyprus is as yet unknown.
Fans went wild when Eleni came back as an interval act in this year’s edition in Tel Aviv. She took part in the Switch Song interval with Gali Atari, Måns Zelmerlöw, Conchita and Verka Serduchka. Her version of “Dancing Lasha Tumbai: has been watched over 6 million times on YouTube. Fuego, honey!
It is not uncommon for successful participants from previous years to try again on the Eurovision stage. Some recent examples include Sergey Lazarev (ESC 2016 and 2019), Alexander Rybak (2009 and 2018) and Dima Bilan (2006 and 2008).
Do you think Eleni will ever come back to the Eurovision stage? Would you like her to represent Spain or Cyprus? Who do you think Spain will send to Rotterdam 2020? Let us know in the comment section down below!