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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?

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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!

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stelios
stelios
7 months ago

She represented Cyprus and gave Cyprus the best place in their History. Cyprus has been trying for many years to win the contest and finally they chose the perfect singer but unfortunately as rumors has it Israel bought their victory. For me though if Eleni is considering to participate again the ESC she sould go again with Cyprus. Spain has many famous and talented singer they can send. Cyprus does not. She deserves the trophy after all

Rob
Rob
9 months ago

At this time, she should be focusing on Greek music again – and some Spanish and English language songs – create her fan base even larger. Maybe, one or two years after 2020, she could try again. But for now: girl, you’re on a peak! Create a hardcore fan base! And when you feel the time is right: dust yourself off and try again. I surely wouldn’t mind. But this would be a three-year Eleni contest. So take a step back, come back with brilliant songs and an album (please), and than start thinking about what to do next, would… Read more »

OrangeVorty
OrangeVorty
9 months ago

Eleni would be foolish to come back. She has achieved such great success with her 2018 song, she’s unlikely to match it.

Manuel Treill
Manuel Treill
9 months ago

As a Greek, let me tell you, Poulopoulos is not to be trusted.

Sun
Sun
9 months ago

Spain has so many talents so I don’t think they need her. It’s the “SONG” that matters. They need a killer song to wow us, not just a standard ballad or a fun pop song.

Rasmus
Rasmus
9 months ago

I like when the countries own singers represent the the country 🙂

Rona
Rona
9 months ago

There’s no way Spain is that desperate to ask her. These are obviously some fake fan rumours.

Matt
Matt
9 months ago

I like that she is going to LA next year. I could totally see her slay in the US.

Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago

lmao as if… spain is the one of the last countries in europe that needs to outsource in order to find talents

Nikko
Nikko
9 months ago

A Greek woman, of Albanian descent, who represented Cyprus should now sing for Spain? What should come next: a Zimbabwan representing San Marino?? Oh wait, it almost happend in 2018

Azaad
Azaad
9 months ago
Reply to  Nikko

To be fair, San Marino is tiny enough to justify that. Spain isn’t!

KESC
KESC
9 months ago
Reply to  Nikko

Well, in San Marino’s case, it’s not always possible to find someone who is San Marinese and ready to sing, especially when you have a population of 30,000 people. Otherwise, they would have to send Valentina every year. 😀

Marcos
Marcos
9 months ago

Eleni is learning Spanish, she is writing songs in Spanish and she is having several concerts here. She had lot of success with Fuego and her boyfriend is from Spain. We love her, so is not so crazy TVE thinking her like one more option to call. But yep, we have lot of artists ready to go with great vocals. Our problem is always the same: THE SONG

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
9 months ago
Reply to  Marcos

It’s the staging, some songs were at the very least fine.

KESC
KESC
9 months ago
Reply to  Marcos

Not always? La Venda, Say Yay and especially Amanecer were really good entries, but the problem is always the staging. Though, Say Yay’s staging was actually quite ok.

Azaad
Azaad
9 months ago
Reply to  Marcos

Mans has a close relationship with the BBC, is married to a Brit and speaks perfect English.

The BBC would never dream of selecting him. And the bbc don’t have artists like Dina and Ruth willing to go to Rotterdam.

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
9 months ago

If you ever finish in the top 10. Please dont comeback. Youre either will flop or place slightly higher, or even get the same place ( the Sergey’s effect).

Sun
Sun
9 months ago
Reply to  Brooklyn

Dima says hi.

Héctor
Héctor
9 months ago

Spoiler: no

Trash KAN
Trash KAN
9 months ago

She should release her version of Dancing Lasha Tumbai first before planning to return in Eurovision.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
9 months ago

Let’s create a supergroup for Spain! Eleni Foureira, Ruth Lorenzo, Rosália and Famous! Or maybe not Famous, but Pastora Soler, so they are all female and the group’s name will be S?sters 😀 😀 😀

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
9 months ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

That would be a huge mess

Guilbert
Guilbert
9 months ago

It is going to be a ridiculous move. If there is one thing they must do as member of the Big 5 (except of course France & Italy) is to get out of that cursed “privileged” group. It gives them a false security. And it is not fair for their TV network as well to be burdened financially more than others and yet get 0 in the final tally.

Héctor
Héctor
9 months ago
Reply to  Guilbert

It is not fair to be burdened financally more than others, but it is also true that without the B5 Eurovision wouldn’t be sustainable. So while agree on the fact that is ridiculous to end up with 0 points when you have 5 times the fee of other countries, I don’t really see how could it be sustainable in any other way. On the other hand, I don’t really think going direct to final is the problem.

Erice
Erice
9 months ago

Spain should just ask Famous. And give him a proper latino bop!

Georgina Popolaskova
Georgina Popolaskova
9 months ago

Enough is enough!!! We all love Eleni, but this is just rediculous. She already had her moment(s)! Please let others shine.
Go Spain!!!

Nikki
Nikki
9 months ago

I knew they’re desperate, but not that much. Is BBC asking Måns too? I mean, at least he’s married with a British.

AVo
AVo
9 months ago
Reply to  Nikki

Actually, Eleni dates a spaniard football player…

Nikki
Nikki
9 months ago
Reply to  AVo

Seriously, who?

lola
lola
9 months ago
Reply to  Nikki

Alberto Bottia:
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Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
9 months ago
Reply to  lola

yeah yeah fire

Khazar
9 months ago

It isn’t good idea. Because Spain has so many talanted singers. People should understand that ?t is a SONG contest. If Spanish public TV give good, lucky song to local singers ?t can be good result for this country.

Efraim
Efraim
9 months ago

They wouldn’t have needed to talk to Eleni if they had been doing things right. Spain has an immense pool of talented artists, but leave it to RTVE to scare them away.

Una
Una
9 months ago

If she moves to the US to try to forge a career there, a second place in Eurovision is awesome. Should she perform again in Eurovision and not place at least second, her chances in the US could diminish.
Spain should chose a local artist because they have a lot of talent. And internal selection means more accountability. Let’s hope for the sake of Spain that RTVE will do a better job in 2020. Meaning that they will avoid bottom 5.

Azaad
Azaad
9 months ago

If Eleni ever does ESC again, hands down she’ll represent Greece over Cyprus and especially Spain. Her connections to Spain are a boyfriend and a receptive market for her songs. That’s it.

I don’t question RTVE would have been desperate/clueless enough to ask Eleni, but if they did she would have rejected the offer in Greek, Albanian, English and Spanish.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
9 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

The Greek broadcaster rejected her numerous times, whereas the Cypriot is bursting with support and becoming much better and steadier at Eurovision than its big brother country. I would not discount those facts in her case, seems like a no brainer to go for Cyprus again.

Azaad
Azaad
9 months ago

Greece rejected Eleni due to fear of a nationalist backlash over her Albanian origins. Since ESC though, her star has risen so much they will be more willing to overlook that. Moreover Tamta proved that repeating the same formula won’t get Cyprus even another top 10 result, let alone a victory, so they’ll try to look for someone different.

pepe
pepe
9 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

The question is if Eleni can overlook how the Greek broadcaster has treated her in the past.

Azaad
Azaad
9 months ago
Reply to  pepe

I think she will- 2016 and 2018 showed ERT that it can indeed flop badly at ESC and so they have humbled themselves in that regard. They’ll treat her far better and pay her a handsome sum as well (most internally selected artists of her status can command a decent fee for doing ESC)

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
9 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Tamta couldn’t hold a candle to Eleni. “Replay” couldn’t hold a candle to “Fuego”. No mystery why it failed. It wasn’t because of the formula, it was because it was inferior in every way. Everybody can judge for themselves, but the televoters clearly agreed with me. They didn’t vote for it because they didn’t like it, not because it reminded them of last year.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
9 months ago

Careful now. Lightning doesn’t strike twice without an excellent song and impeccable staging. RTVE might just be “talented” enough to tank even Eleni. Although I would be delighted to get another “yeah yeah fire” track. Not a copy, of course, but something equally hot or hotter. But I think it should be for Cyprus.

Paul
Paul
9 months ago

This is all well and good but it’s just not just enough to have Eleni. It’s the song! And even saying that – pre show no one really cared about Fuego. Yes Eleni made a real impact on stage but you need something new for lightning to strike twice

James
James
9 months ago

I don’t think this is close to even true. Spain, as far as I know, has never had non-Spaniards (nor even non-residents for that matter) represent them in the contest.

And no doubt, the Spanish Cortes and RAE will be their usual selves watching RTVE’s every step.

xelx
xelx
9 months ago
Reply to  James

Los TNT (1964) were Uruguayan and Betty Missiego (1979) was Peruvian, but they were residing in Spain.

XxdanyxX
XxdanyxX
9 months ago

Eleni HAS TO come back to eurovision
Hands down she can have the same Dima winning strategy by waiting 1 year after the first participation and then come back with a killer song, and 100% she can still move to L.A. and perform in us television like Netta did.
I hope she really considers it.

Azaad
Azaad
9 months ago
Reply to  XxdanyxX

She might- but for Greece, not Spain

TheDrMistery
TheDrMistery
9 months ago
Reply to  XxdanyxX

Dima won but it wasn’t a killer song. ?

Joe
Joe
9 months ago

Cyprus are just desperate to try for another Fuego. I get it: you got your best result ever. You want to win. But find another thing. Replay was your attempt to recapture the magic and it didn’t work. Try something else.

And I would like to think Spain aren’t so desperate that they’re going for a singer whose only tenuous connection to their country is a single with one word in Spanish.

Kiko
Kiko
9 months ago
Reply to  Joe

And a boyfriend, a career, and a lot of songs in Spanish. But I think she belongs to Greece or Cyprus. Not to Spain.

Jo.
Jo.
9 months ago

Spain is such a small country, must be hard to find talented singers…

Geez
Geez
9 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Spain’s population is larger that 45 million….

Tajikistan
Tajikistan
9 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

They must be so jealous of countries with huge markets like Malta, San Marino and Armenia

Jack
Jack
9 months ago

the only country that has the right to send her now is Greece. She went for Cyprus, check, representing spain wouldnt work, check, so whats left is the country that she lives and she is very popular. Lets see

KESC
KESC
9 months ago

Sorry, but that’s a bit embarassing. 🙂
I love Eleni, and I hope for her return in the future, but not with Spain?! RTVE, seriously? 😀 Spain, a country with such a strong music industry, relies on one woman from Greece in order to get good results?! C’mon..

Btw, I don’t want to see Eleni returning that soon for Cyprus either. It’s only been almost 2 years since she performed, why the urgency?

Alex
Alex
9 months ago

I am sure most fans would be happy with Eleni rather than Ruth and Diana for representing Spain. I also believe this isn’t just a rumor but RTVE was considering Eleni.

Eleni will focus on the Latin American market, although I think it might be a waste of time as most ESC acts fail to launch a career outside their country. I think Eleni should have focused on Spain mostly and a possible ESC participation with Spain would have been major for her career over there.

Aris
Aris
9 months ago

Queen Eleni will come back with Cyprus maybe in 2021

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago

NOW YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS!!! OMG! What the hell Spain? LMAO!