In 2018, she set Lisbon on fire and gave Cyprus its best Eurovision result ever with “Fuego”. Now Greek media is reporting that Eleni Foureira has been invited back. Cyprus broadcaster CyBC is said to have made an official proposal for Eleni to represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2021.
The tea was spilled on the Greek morning show STAR. There it was claimed that Cypriot broadcaster CyBC has officially made a proposal for Eleni Foureira to represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2021.
But it’s by no means a done deal. STAR also said that the Albanian-Greek popstress has not yet responded. She is said to be in discussions with her record label, PANIK.
Greek Eurovision blog Eurovision Fun also report that PANIK records are looking to only propose an artist of Cypriot origin. Cyprus was last represented by a Cypriot artist in 2017, when Hovig Demirjian sang “Gravity”. Since then, they have selected two Greek stars and a German singer with Greek heritage.
But perhaps the return of the luminous Eleni is enough to put that intention aside for another year.
In July, Cyprus’ Head of Delegation Evi Papamichael denied rumours that Eleni Foureira had been selected for Cyprus. Papamichael said she didn’t understand all the hype centred around one artist and noted that Cyprus’ participation at Eurovision is very much a team effort.
Everyone wants to represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2021
With Greece having already invited back Eurovision 2020 Stefania to be their supergirl in Rotterdam, Greek music stars are turning to Cyprus as their best chance to make it to Eurovision in 2021.
So far, interested artists include The Voice Australia‘s Despina Savva, Greek X Factor star Ian Stratis, Kazakh-Greek X Factor star Eirini Papadopoulou, Australia Decides act Leea Nanos, Cyprus’ Eurovision 2012 star Ivi Adamou, reality stars Konnie Metaxa & Tasos Xiarcho, pop-rock group Melisses, pop icon Vangelis Kakouriotis and singer/model/actress Katerina Stikoudi.
Recently a Greek morning show on Open TV claimed that Eirini Papadopoulou and Katerina Stikoudi were the two frontrunners. But now with a potential Eleni Foureira comeback in the mix, the fuego just got hotter.
Eleni’s marathon mashup
Meanwhile, Elenei Foureira showed what a versatile performer she is on a recent episode of the Greek talk show Kaló Mesimeráki. Kicking off the new season and performing alongside show host Nikos Moutsinas, the pair went through a medley of Greek hits.
But Eleni also proved herself the queen of quick-change, by rapidly changing costumes and scenes in order to tell a story. The segment has a similar set-up as talk show host James Corden’s “Soundtrack to a…” musical segments — only with a uniquely Greek flavour.
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