Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
|National selection events|
|Appearances||36 (30 finals)|
|Best result||2nd: 2018|
|Cyprus's page at Eurovision.tv|
| For the most recent participation see|
Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Cyprus has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 36 times since making its debut in 1981. Cyprus' first entry was the group Island, who finished sixth. The country's best result in the contest is a second-place finish with Eleni Foureira in 2018.
Cyprus failed to qualify from the semi-final round for six out of eight years (2006–2013), before not returning for the 2014 contest. On 14 July 2014, CyBC officially confirmed Cyprus' return to the contest for 2015, with the country then reaching the final five times in a row between 2015 and 2019.
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 not participate in the contest and cited public indifference, public opinion regarding the 2012–13 Cypriot financial crisis, and related budget restrictions as factors for not taking part. On 14 July 2014, CyBC officially confirmed their return to the contest in 2015. Cyprus hosted the Eurovision Song Project, which included 2 semi-finals, 1 second chance round and a final.
Since their return in 2015 the country has never failed to qualify, and even made their best result with Eleni Foureira coming second in 2018. As of 2019, Cyprus held the record for the most times competing in the Eurovision Song Contest without a single win with 36 entries into the contest. 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. Additionally, in both the 2018 contest and the upcoming 2021 contest, the songs have some phrases in Spanish.
The annual exchange of the maximum 12 points with Greece in the Semi Final and Final has become an amusingly predictable occurrence which is now often met with derision from the audience, but there have been exceptions. The last time Cyprus gave Greece fewer than 12 points was in 2015 (8 points). Since the advent of televoting in 1998, the two countries have consistently given each other the maximum 12 points until the 2015 Contest, where neither country gave their 12 to the other, but curiously both gave them to Italy.
Popularity of the contest
Since its first entry in 1981, Cyprus has had a mixture of good and bad results. The best result achieved so far is a second place, reached by Eleni Foureira at the 2018 Contest.
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 2004, Cyprus' 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' 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 talent contest, which often results in somewhat unknown artists representing the country.
|Entry selected but did not compete|
|Island||"Monika" (Μόνικα)||Greek||6||69||No semi-finals|
|Anna Vissi||"Mono i agapi" (Μόνο η αγάπη)||Greek||5||85|
|Stavros & Constantina||"I agapi akoma zi" (Η αγάπη ακόμα ζει)||Greek||16||26|
|Andy Paul||"Anna Maria Lena" (Άννα Μαρία Λένα)||Greek||15||31|
|Lia Vissi||"To katalava arga" (Το κατάλαβα αργά)||Greek||16||15|
|Elpida||"Tora zo" (Τώρα ζω)||Greek||20 ◁||4|
|Alexia||"Aspro mavro" (Άσπρο-μαύρο)||Greek||7||80|
|Yiannis Dimitrou||"Thimame" (Θυμάμαι)||Greek||Withdrawn X|
|Yiannis Savvidakis & Fani Polymeri||"Apopse as vrethoume" (Απόψε ας βρεθούμε)||Greek||11||51||No semi-finals|
|Haris Anastazio||"Milas poli" (Μιλάς πολύ)||Greek||14||36|
|Kyriakos Zympoulakis & Dimos Van Beke||"Mi stamatas" (Μη σταματάς)||Greek||19||17||Kvalifikacija za Millstreet|
|Evridiki||"Eimai anthropos ki ego" (Είμαι άνθρωπος κι εγώ)||Greek||11||51||No semi-finals|
|Alex Panayi||"Sti fotia" (Στη φωτιά)||Greek||9||79|
|Constantinos||"Mono gia mas" (Μόνο για μας)||Greek||9||72||15||42|
|Hara & Andreas Constantinou||"Mana mou" (Μάνα μου)||Greek||5||98||No semi-finals|
|Michalis Hatzigiannis||"Genesis" (Γένεσις)||Greek||11||37|
|Marlain||"Tha 'nai erotas" (Θα 'ναι έρωτας)||Greek||22||2|
|Voice||"Nomiza" (Νόμιζα)||Greek, Italian||21||8|
|Stelios Constantas||"Feeling Alive"||English||20||15|
|Lisa Andreas||"Stronger Every Minute"||English||5||170||5||149|
|Constantinos Christoforou||"Ela Ela (Come Baby)" (Ελα Ελα)||English||18||46||Top 12 previous year[a]|
|Annet Artani||"Why Angels Cry"||English||Failed to qualify||15||57|
|Evridiki||"Comme ci, comme ça"||French||15||65|
|Evdokia Kadí||"Femme Fatale"||Greek||15||36|
|Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders||"Life Looks Better in Spring"||English||21||27||10||67|
|Christos Mylordos||"San aggelos s'agapisa" (Σαν άγγελος σ'αγάπησα)||Greek||Failed to qualify||18||16|
|Ivi Adamou||"La La Love"||English||16||65||7||91|
|Despina Olympiou||"An me thimasai" (Aν με θυμάσαι)||Greek||Failed to qualify||15||11|
|Giannis Karagiannis||"One Thing I Should Have Done"||English||22||11||6||87|
|Minus One||"Alter Ego"||English||21||96||8||164|
|Sandro Nicolas||"Running"||English||Contest cancelled[c] X|
|Elena Tsagrinou||"El diablo"||English[d]|
Marcel Bezençon Awards
lyrics (l) / music (m)
|2004||Composer Award||"Stronger Every Minute"||Mike Konnaris (m & l)||Lisa Andreas||5||170||Istanbul|
|2018||Artistic Award[e]||"Fuego"||Alex Papaconstantinou, Geraldo Sandell,
Viktor Svensson, Anderz Wrethov Didrick
|1991||Alexander Kirov Zografov|
Heads of delegation
The public broadcaster of each participating country in the Eurovision Song Contest assigns a head of delegation as the EBU's contact person and the leader of their delegation at the event. The delegation, whose size can greatly vary, includes a head of press, the contestants, songwriters, composers and backing vocalists, among others.
|Year||Head of delegation||Ref.|
Commentators and spokespersons
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|1974||Unknown||Did not participate|||
|1975 – 1980||No broadcast|
|1981||Fryni Papadopoulou||Neophytos Taliotis||Anna Partelidou|
|1986||Neophytos Taliotis||Pavlos Pavlou|
|1988||Daphne Bokota (for ERT and RIK)||No radio broadcast||Did not participate|
|1989||Neophytos Taliotis||Pavlos Pavlou||Anna Partelidou|
|2001||No radio broadcast||Did not participate|
|2002||Pavlos Pavlou||Melani Steliou|
|2004||No radio broadcast|
|2007||Vaso Komninou||Giannis Haralambous|
|2008||Melina Karageorgiou||Hristina Marouhou|
|2009||Nathan Morley||Sophia Paraskeva|
|2011||No radio broadcast||Loukas Hamatsos|
|2014||No radio broadcast||Did not participate|
|2015||Melina Karageorgiou||Loukas Hamatsos|
|2017||Tasos Tryfonos and Christiana Artemiou||Tasos Tryfonos and Christiana Artemiou||John Karayiannis|
|2018||Costas Constantinou and Vaso Komninou||No radio broadcast||Hovig|
|2019||Evridiki and Tasos Trifonos||Unknown|
- According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the Grand Final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.
- Although the lyrics are in English, the Spanish title 'Fuego' (fire) is repeated throughout the song.
- The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Contains repeated words in Spanish
- Voted by previous winners.
- All conductors are of Greek-Cypriot nationality unless otherwise noted.
- Host conductor; according to performer Andy Paul, he originally intended to have co-arranger Les Vandyke conduct the entry, only for CyBC to refuse to pay his fee.
- Also conducted the Greek entry.
- Host conductor
- Prior to "Thimame"'s disqualification, the intention was to have Themis conduct and, additionally, play the guitar solo.
- Host conductor; several television commentators erroneously stated that the song's composer and co-arranger, John Vickers, was the conductor. He was one of the backing musicians at the Eurovision final.
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