We haven’t heard much from Cyprus this season, but now reports suggest that broadcaster CyBC is well underway with selecting their act for Rotterdam. OGAE Greece reports that CyBC has received 120 song submissions to be considered as its entry for Eurovision 2020.
The Greek chapter of the OGAE fan network reports that Cyprus will again internally select their act for Eurovision. And following the success and international interest in Cyprus’ two most recent Eurovision entries, CyBC is making the most of the fuego surrounding its 2020 selection.
OGAE Greece reports that CyBC has received around 120 song submissions. From those, the broadcaster has made a shortlist and will soon decide which song will be heard on stage at Rotterdam Ahoy arena.
And there’s also a hint of the sort of act Cyprus will select for 2020. Breaking from the recent trend of sending a female diva, OGAE Greece reports that this time, CyBC is looking to select a male artist. No one has been chosen yet, but the broadcaster will select an artist based on the eventual song choice and suggestions from the local music industry.
This method is a change from Cyprus’ system for Eurovision 2018 and 2019. In both those years. the broadcaster worked with the Greek Swedish producer Alex Papaconstantinou. He wrote a track for the broadcaster, who then selected a suitable female pop star to perform it.
This year, Alex P is off the roster, but it seems that CyBC will have no shortage of tracks from other composers to choose from.
Cyprus at Eurovision
After years of disappointing results, including non-qualifications and low grand final scores, Cyprus began its Eurovision renaissance in 2018.
The Albanian Greek popstress Eleni Foureira represented Cyprus with the dance-pop track “Fuego”. It fast became a fan favourite. Despite not being as popular amongst juries, “Fuego” placed second with the televote and went on to also place second overall, giving Cyprus its best ever Eurovision result.
Earlier this year, Cyprus again looked to Greece for pop diva, this time the Georgian Greek singer Tamta. She also performed an Alex P pop banger, “Replay”. The Tel Aviv entry was a bigger hit with juries than televoters and placed 13th overall.
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