It’s no secret that popular Greek pop icon Vangelis Kakouriotis has long held Eurovision in his sights. But this time he has shifted his focus towards Cyprus. The singer recently told Hello! Cyprus magazine that he would be honoured to represent the Mediterranean island at Eurovision.
When Hello! asked Vangelis if he’d consider representing Cyprus at Eurovision, the singer enthusiastically replied:
“There has been a lot of discussion with my colleagues about Eurovision. I feel ready and am ready for such a move! Cyprus has always supported me in every step, it will be my great joy and honour if I am given the opportunity to support it too!”
But this isn’t the first time Vangelis has shared his Eurovision dream. Last year, he told Greek media that he was interested and “if the opportunity arises I will take it”. In 2018, he was also rumoured to be in consideration to represent Greece in Tel Aviv.
Could Cyprus internally select Vangelis Kakouriotis?
It is possible that Vangelis could be considered by the Cypriot broadcaster CyBC. In June, the broadcaster confirmed that 2020 act Sandro would not be selected again for Eurovision 2021, leaving the position empty.
While CyBC has given little information about its selection plans for 2021, Greek-language Eurovision news site Eurovision Fun reported that the broadcaster will select either a popular artist in Greece and Cyprus or an artist with Cypriot heritage. And Vangelis ticks one of those boxes.
CyBC has, however, quashed a rumour that claimed that 2018 star Eleni Fouriera would be coming back to represent Cyprus in 2021. The broadcaster confirmed that as of mid-June, “no proposals were made yet”.
Greek broadcaster ERT has already confirmed that it has invited back 2020 singer Stefania to be its supergirl in Rotterdam. This rules out Vangelis representing his home country at Eurovision, at least for 2021.
Who is Vangelis Kakouriotis?
Vangelis got his start as a teen, in the Greek boyband Boys and Noise. After enjoying some success with the group in the mid-2010s, he has now gone solo.
The 24-year-old is a major triple threat as a singer, musician and songwriter. And much like other Eurovision alumni, he is currently signed to Panik Records, who also represents Ivi Adamou (Cyprus 2012), Demy (Greece 2017) and Eleni Foureira (Cyprus 2018).
Vangelis is fluent in both English and Greek, but mostly records in Greek. With his most recent single “I Epomeni Imera” (The next day) shows him moving away from his boyband roots and establishing himself as a contemporary pop performer.
In 2019, Vangelis gave fans a taste of Eurovision at the MAD VMA Awards. He joined the Swiss Eurovision 2019 star Luca Hänni for a performance of “She Got Me”, with Vangelis performing the Greek version of the song, “Pósa xérei”.
There’s history of future Greek and Cyprus Eurovision stars making duets at the MAD VMAs. In 2018, Tamta performed alongside Mikolas Josef, while Demy duetted with Poli Genova in 2016.
Broadcaster CyBC is not expected to confirm its act for Eurovision 2021 until much later in the season.
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