Little official news has come from Cyprus broadcaster CyBC about their plans for Eurovision 2021 — other than confirmation that Sandro won’t be coming back to Rotterdam. And yet rumours are hotting up, with many Greek and Cypriot stars dropping big hints about their Eurovision dreams. Let’s take a look at the names that are out there.
In recent weeks, names of potential acts have been furiously flying around, with seemingly most popular Greek and Cypriot acts showing interest in Eurovision 2021.
Greek blog Eurovision Fun has been keeping track of all the speculation. They note that with Greek broadcaster ERT having already internally selected Stefania for Rotterdam, that leaves Cyprus as the main alternative for any Greek artist wanting a shot at Eurovision.
Despina is an Australian-born singer of Greek heritage. She’s been competing on the current series of The Voice Australia — alongside Johnny Manuel. She made it as far as the Showdowns round before narrowly missing out on the semi-finals. However, as she is only 15, Despina isn’t yet old enough for Eurovision — but who knows what the future might hold.
Also throwing his hat in the ring is Greek singer Ian Stratis. He was one of the three acts rumoured to be representing Cyprus in 2020. But it seems that the Greek X Factor runner-up is still interested. When asked on a Greek chat show about doing Eurovision, Ian said, “Eurovision is a very good opportunity and I would like to represent Greece or Cyprus.”
Eirini Papadopoulou is a Kazakh-Greek singer and came to fame on the first Greek series of the X Factor in 2008. She’s since juggled a music career and reality TV stardom, featuring on Greek shows such as Dancing With the Stars and Survivor. Eirini reportedly submitted a song for consideration to the Greek broadcaster last year, written by “Toy” hitmaker Doron Medalie.
The Cyprus-born singer Ivi Adamou is best known to Eurovision fans for representing her country at Eurovision 2012, with the fan favourite “La La Love”. Ivi was also rumoured to be under consideration for Eurovision 2020, but was unavailable as she’d recently given birth and didn’t have the time.
Konnie Metaxa with Tasos Xiarcho
Konnie and Tasos are fresh from winning the Greek reality show Just the 2 of Us where a celebrity (choreographer Tasos) teams up with an established singer (Konnie). Meanwhile, Konnie’s dad has been telling local media that the pair is about to accept an offer to do Eurovision — but he didn’t specify if it would be for Greece, Cyprus or some other country.
The pop-rock band Melisses (The Bees) previously competed in the Greek national final in 2010 with the song “Kinezos”, and there has been previous speculation that the group might be selected for Eurovision. While they haven’t explicitly talked about Eurovision 2021, they did like a comment wanting them to do Eurovision — and that’s got fans wondering.
Greek pop icon Vangelis Kakouriotis has previously been rumoured for representing Greece at Eurovision. He recently shared his wish to represent Cyprus at Eurovision. In an interview, he said “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!”
Update: Katerina Stikoudi
The Greek singer/model/actress has recently expressed her thoughts on Eurovision. In an interview with Hello! Cyprus magazine, when asked about Eurovision, Katerina said that her “biggest motivation to go to Eurovision would be a very good and strong song.”
What has Cyprus broadcaster CyBC said?
CyBC has given little information about its selection plans for 2021, however Greek-language Eurovision news site Eurovision Fun recently reported that the broadcaster will select either an artist popular in Greece and Cyprus or an artist with Cypriot heritage.
The broadcaster has, however, dispelled a rumour that claimed that 2018 star Eleni Fouriera would be coming back to represent Cyprus in 2021.
According to Eurovision Fun, a source from the broadcaster has said that CyBC “has accepted proposals from both artists and composers and will not take hasty action but will proceed rationally in order to make the best possible choice.”
Eurovision Fun also notes that much will depend on the proposals made by the record companies representing the potential artists. CyBC will apparently begin exploratory discussions next month.
What do you think? Should any of these acts represent Cyprus in Rotterdam? What sort of entry should Cyprus send to Eurovision 2021? Tell us your thoughts below.