Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station CyBC
Appearances 31 (25 finals)
First appearance 1981
Last appearance 2013
Best result 5th: 1982, 1997, 2004
Worst result Last: 1986
External links
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Cyprus's page at

Cyprus made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Cyprus' best result, fifth place, has been achieved on three occasions: in 1982 with Anna Vissi, 1997 with Hara & Andreas Constantinou, and 2004 with Lisa Andreas.

History of Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Since its first entry, Cyprus has participated every year except 1988, 2001 and 2014. In 1988, Cyprus withdrew its entry after broadcaster CyBC determined that the intended entry was ineligible; the song had been entered (but not selected) in the 1984 national selection process, which was a violation of the Cypriot selection rules. In 2001, the country did not qualify for the contest due to insufficiently high average scores in previous contests, according to the qualification process at the time. In 2014, the broadcaster decided to withdraw from the contest and cited public indifference and the economic crisis for not taking part.[1]

Most of the Cypriot entries have been sung in Greek or English; the exceptions are in 2000, in which the song "Nomiza" included both Greek and Italian, and in the 2007 contest, in which Evridiki performed "Comme Ci, Comme Ça" entirely in French.


On 3 October 2013, the Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) withdrew from the 2014 contest for an indefinite period, thus making the 2013 contest in Malmö their last participation. Reasons that were cited are public opinion regarding the 2012–13 Cypriot financial crisis and budget restrictions as factors that influenced this decision.[1]


Cyprus is famous for always exchanging 12 points with Greece in the Semi Final and Final, though there have been exceptions. The last time Cyprus gave Greece less than 12 points was in 1996 (10 points), while the last time Greece gave Cyprus less than 12 points was in 1995 (8 points). Since the advent of televoting in 1998, the two countries have consistently given each other the maximum 12 points.

Cyprus and Turkey, another participant, never voted for each other until 2003, a taboo attributed to the ongoing Cyprus dispute. Turkey occupied northern Cyprus since 1974. As a result Turkey refuses to recognize the Republic of Cyprus, a full EU and EBU member.

Popularity of the Contest[edit]

Since its first entry in 1981, Cyprus has had a mixture of good and bad results. The best result achieved so far is a fifth place, reached by Anna Vissi in 1982, Hara and Andreas Constantinou in 1997 and Lisa Andreas in 2004. The lowest result was a last place in 1986, with the song "Tora Zo" sung by Elpida.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Cyprus had managed to reach the top 10 a number of times, something which made the Contest become popular in the Cypriot public. Since the last best result of the country in 2004, Cyprus's performance has dropped notably. From 2006 to 2009 and again in 2011 & 2013, the country didn't manage to reach the final.

At the same time when Cyprus's performance in the contest dropped vertically, Greece's performance improved very fast by one win and seven top ten results in one decade. This created a shift of interest, with the Cypriot public being more interested in the success of the Greek entry. This is probably because Greece, since 2004, seems to send very popular singers that have a well established fan-club in Cyprus, while Cyprus usually elects their contestants through an open contest, which often results in young and somewhat unknown artists representing the country.


Table key

     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
     Did not compete or was relegated
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1981 Island Greek "Monika" ("Μόνικα") 6 69
No Semi-Finals
1982 Anna Vissi Greek "Mono I Agapi" ("Μόνο η αγάπη") 5 85
1983 Stavros & Constantina Greek "I Agapi Akoma Zi" ("Η αγάπη ακόμα ζει") 16 26
1984 Andy Paul Greek "Anna Maria Lena" ("Άννα Μαρία Λένα") 15 31
1985 Lia Vissi Greek "To Katalava Arga" ("Το κατάλαβα αργά") 16 15
1986 Elpida Greek "Tora Zo" ("Τώρα ζω") 20 4
1987 Alexia Greek "Aspro Mavro" ("Άσπρο-μαύρο") 7 80
Did Not Compete
1989 Yiannis Savvidakis & Fani Polymeri Greek "Apopse As Vrethume" ("Απόψε ας βρεθούμε") 11 51
1990 Haris Anastazio Greek "Milas Poli" ("Μιλάς πολύ") 14 36
1991 Elena Patroklou Greek "SOS" 9 60
1992 Evridiki Greek "Teriazoume" ("Ταιριάζουμε") 11 57
1993 Kyriakos Zympoulakis
& Dimos Van Beke
Greek "Mi Stamatas" ("Μη σταματάς") 19 17
Participated Previous Year
1994 Evridiki Greek "Ime Anthropos Ki Ego
("Είμαι άνθρωπος κι εγώ")
11 51
No Semi-Finals
1995 Alex Panayi Greek "Sti Fotia" ("Στη φωτιά") 9 79
1996 Constantinos Greek "Mono Yia Mas" ("Μόνο για μας") 9 72 15 42
1997 Hara & Andreas Constantinou Greek "Mana Mou" ("Μάνα μου") 5 98
No Semi-Finals
1998 Michalis Hatzigiannis Greek "Genesis" ("Γένεσις") 11 37
1999 Marlain Greek "Tha 'Ne Erotas" ("Θα 'ναι έρωτας") 22 2
2000 Voice Greek, Italian "Nomiza" ("Νόμιζα") 21 8
Relegation from Participating
2002 One English "Gimme" 6 85
2003 Stelios Constantas English "Feeling Alive" 20 15
2004 Lisa Andreas English "Stronger Every Minute" 5 170 5 149
2005 Constantinos Christoforou English "Ela Ela (Come Baby)" ("Ελα Ελα") 18 46
Top 12 Previous Year
2006 Annette Artani English "Why Angels Cry"
Failed to qualify
15 57
2007 Evridiki French "Comme ci, comme ça"
Failed to qualify
15 65
2008 Evdokia Kadí Greek "Femme Fatale"
Failed to qualify
15 36
2009 Christina Metaxa English "Firefly"
Failed to qualify
14 32
2010 Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders English "Life Looks Better in Spring" 21 27 10 67
2011 Christos Mylordos[2] Greek "San Aggelos S'agapisa"
("Σαν άγγελος σ'αγάπησα")
Failed to qualify
18 16
2012 Ivi Adamou English "La La Love" 16a 65 7 91
2013 Despina Olympiou Greek "An me thimasai" ("Aν με θυμάσαι")
Failed to qualify
15 11
a. ^ In 2012, Cyprus and Ukraine were both awarded with 65 points each in the final, however, according to tie-break procedures, Ukraine finished 15th overall and Cyprus 16th because Ukraine received points from a greater amount of countries between the two.
b. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition, back in 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten with Spain and the United Kingdom finishing after 15th place, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2013, Cyprus' voting history is as follows:

12 Points[edit]

Table key

     Winner - Cyprus gave 12 points to a winning song / Cyprus won the contest.
     Second place - Cyprus gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Cyprus was runner-up in the contest.
     Third place - Cyprus gave 12 points to a third place song / Cyprus came third in the contest.
     Qualified - Cyprus gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals / Cyprus qualified to the Grand Finals.
     Non-qualified - Cyprus gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals / Cyprus did not qualify to the Grand Finals.
Year Given Received
Final Semi Final Semi
1981  Ireland No semi-finals  Greece No semi-finals
1982  Germany  Netherlands
1983  Greece
1984  Sweden  Yugoslavia
1985  Germany
1986  Yugoslavia
1987  Greece  Greece
1988 Did not participate Did not participate
1989  Greece  Iceland
1990  Italy
1991  Spain  France
1992  Greece
1993  Greece None1
Did not Participate
1994  Greece No Semi-Finals  Greece No Semi-Finals
1995  Greece  Hungary
1996  Portugal Unknown2  Greece
 United Kingdom
1997  Greece No Semi-Finals  Greece
No Semi-Finals
1998  Greece  Greece
1999  Iceland
2000  Russia
2001 Did not participate Did not participate
2002  Greece  Greece
2003  Greece  Greece
2004  Greece  Greece  Greece  Greece
2005  Greece  Romania  Greece
Did not participate
2006  Greece  Armenia Did not Qualify  Greece
2007  Greece  Bulgaria Did not Qualify  Greece
2008  Greece  Georgia Did not Qualify  United Kingdom
2009  Greece  Greece Did not Qualify  Greece
2010  Greece  Armenia  Greece  Croatia
2011  Greece  Sweden Did not Qualify
2012  Greece  Greece  Greece
2013  Greece  Ukraine Did not Qualify

1 Ireland was illegible to vote at the 1993 pre-qualifying round, as voting was restricted to countries taking part in the pre-qualifying round.

2 The voting for the 1996 pre-qualifying round is unknown to date.

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

Composer Award

Year Song Composer(s)
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
Performer Final
Points Host city
2004 "Stronger Every Minute" Mike Konnaris (m & l) Lisa Andreas 5th 170 Istanbul

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
1981 Fryni Papadopoulou Anna Partelidou
1984 Pavlos Pavlou
1985 Themis Themistokleous
1986 Neophytos Taliotis
1987 Fryni Papadopoulou
1988 No Television broadcast Cyprus did not participate
1989 Neophytos Taliotis Anna Partelidou
1991 Evi Papamichail
1995 Neophytos Taliotis Andreas Iakovidis
1996 Evi Papamichail Marios Skordis
1998 Marina Maleni
2000 Loukas Hamatsos
2001 Cyprus did not participate
2002 Melani Steliou
2003 Loukas Hamatsos
2005 Melani Steliou
2006 Constantinos Christoforou
2007 Vaso Komninou Giannis Haralambous
2008 Melina Karageorgiou Hristina Marouhou
2009 Sophia Paraskeva
2010 Christina Metaxa
2011 Loukas Hamatsos
2014 TBA Cyprus did not participate



  1. ^ a b Jiandani, Sanjay (3 October 2013). "Eurovision 2014: Cyprus will not participate in Copenhagen". ESCtoday. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Floras, Stella (10 September 2010). "Christos Mylordos to Eurovision 2011". ESCToday. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 

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