Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010

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Eurovision Song Contest 2010
Country  Cyprus
National selection
Selection process Eurovision 2010: Epilogi tis
Kipriakis Simmetohis
50% Jury
50% Televoting
Selection date(s) 7 February 2010
Selected entrant Jon Lilygreen and
The Islanders
Selected song "Life Looks Better in Spring"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (10th, 67 points)
Final result 21st, 27 points
Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Cyprus will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 and selected their entry through a national final, organised by Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC). After an open call to performers to submit proposals, ten entries were shortlisted for the 7 February national final. Deep Zone and their song "Play" were disqualified after the song was found to have been unofficially released before the final, breaching the contest's rules and leaving nine to compete in the final. Welsh singer Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders were chosen as the Cypriot entry on 7 February with their song "Life Looks Better in Spring" and will compete in the second half of the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Selection process[edit]

CyBC launched its Eurovision selection process on 5 October 2009 when they released details on the televised national final titled Epilogi tis Kipriakis Simmetohis to be held in early 2010. Until 27 November, Cypriots and European citizens living in Cyprus for more than two years were permitted to submit candidate entries to CyBC for the competition. A seven-member jury then shortlisted twenty songs, with ten progressing to the televised show.[1][2] The winner was decided by the votes of a five-member professional jury as well as a public televote, with each having a 50% influence on the final result.[1][2] The final will be held on 2 February 2010.[3] On 24 December CyBc decided the running order of the final, as well as announcing details for the Cypriot selection for the 2011 Contest.[4]

Participants[edit]

Seventy entries were received by CyBC.[3] The names of the shortlisted ten competing songs and their lyricists were released on 12 December 2009. According to the seven-member selection jury, the quality of the submitted music was high for this year's contest. The songwriters included Constantinos Christoforou, who has previously represented Cyprus three times at Eurovision (in 1996, 2002 as a member of One, and 2005), and Mike Connaris, writer of Cyprus' 2004 entry "Stronger Every Minute".[5]

Christoforou and Evagoras Evagorou performed in the contest, with Christoforou performing his own entry "Angel", and Evagorou performing "I'm Gonna Be".[5][6] Further artists confirmed in December included 18 year-old Nicole Paparistodemou, who will perform the Mike Connaris composition "Like A Woman",[7] and Armenian Cypriot singer Hovig Demirjian, a current participant on the Greek version of The X Factor.[8] Constantinos Kountouzis and Anthi Pashi have also been confirmed as participants, performing their own entries "Island of Love" and "You Gotta Go".[9]

On 29 January a there was a change in the line-up of the final: Nasos Lambrianides and Melis Konstantinou withdrew their song "Nothing Is Real" from the contest in order to avoid splitting votes between it and their other song, "Life Looks Better in Spring". The withdrawn song was replaced by "Waiting", written by Christodoulos Charalambides and Andreas Economides.[10] On 3 February the song "Play", composed by Milena Staneva and performed by Deep Zone, the Bulgarian entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, was disqualified after the song was found on file sharing websites and video website YouTube, breaching the rules of the Cypriot national final. The song was not replaced, leaving just nine songs left in the contest.[11]

Eurovision 2010: Epilogi tis kupriakis summetohis participants
Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
1 Constantinos Christoforou "Angel" Constantinos Christoforou (m), Zinon Zompilis (l)
2 Evagoras Evagorou "I'm Gonna Be" Marios Melekis (m), Christos Filippou (m), Anthi Pashi (l)
3 Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders "Life Looks Better in Spring" Nasos Lambrianides (m & l), Melis Konstantinou (m)
4 Hovig Demirgian "Goodbye" Valeria Partali (m & l)
5 Vivian Daglas "Rhapsody" Leanna Varnavidou (m & l), Helena Antoniou (l)
6 Anthi Pashi "You Gotta Go" Anthi Pashi (m & l)
7 Constantinos Kountouzis & Soul Throw "Island of Love" Constantinos Kountouzis (m & l)
8 Andreas Economides "Waiting" Christodoulos Charalambides (m & l), Andreas Economides (m & l)
9 Nicole Paparistodemou "Like A Woman" Mike Connaris (m & l), Matheson Bayley (l)

Result[edit]

The Cypriot national final took place on 7 February 2010 and the nine acts were performed. Jon Lilygreen and The Islanders took first place with their song "Life Looks Better In Spring".

Result of Eurovision 2010: Epilogi tis kupriakis summetohis
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Constantinos Christoforou "Angel" 10 7 17 2
2 Evagoras Evagorou "I'm Gonna Be" 3 4 7 8
3 Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders "Life Looks Better in Spring" 12 12 24 1
4 Hovig Demirgian "Goodbye" 5 10 15 3
5 Vivian Daglas "Rhapsody" 2 2 4 9
6 Anthi Pashi "You Gotta Go" 8 5 13 5
7 Constantinos Kountouzis & Soul Throw "Island of Love" 7 8 15 3
8 Andreas Economides "Waiting" 6 3 9 7
9 Nicole Paparistodemou "Like A Woman" 4 6 10 6

At Eurovision[edit]

Jon Lilygreen and The Islanders performed "Life Looks Better in Spring" in the second semi-final on 27 May. Cyprus was amongst the ten qualifiers in the semi-final evening proceeding to the final on 29 May, making it the first appearance of Cyprus in the final since 2005.

Points Awarded by Cyprus[edit]




Points received by Cyprus (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points received by Cyprus (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Floras, Stella (2009-10-06). "Cyprus calls for songs". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  2. ^ a b Siim, Jarmo (2009-10-06). "Cyprus waits for submissions". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  3. ^ a b Floras, Stella (2009-12-08). "Cyprus: Finalists decided 12th December". ESCToday. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Floras, Stella (2009-12-24). "Cyprus: Final running order decided". Esctoday. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Floras, Stella (2009-12-13). "Cyprus announces songs for local Eurovision final". ESCToday. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Eva, Anadioti (2009-12-13). "Constantinos Christoforou & Evagoras Evagorou confirmed performers". Oikotimes. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  7. ^ Klier, Marcus (2009-12-21). "Nicole Paparistodemou to compete in Cypriot national final". ESCToday. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Al Kaziri, Ghassan (2009-12-21). "Cypriot Armenian participant added in the line up". Oikotimes. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  9. ^ Al Kaziri, Ghassan (2009-12-22). "Line up revelations continue". Oikotimes. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  10. ^ Floras, Stella (2010-01-29). "Cyprus: Changes in the final lineup". ESCToday. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 
  11. ^ Floras, Stella (2010-02-03). "Cyprus: Deep Zone disqualified". ESC Today. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 

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