Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012

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Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Country Cyprus
National selection
Selection processArtist: Internal Selection
Song: A Song for Ivi[1]
50% Jury
50% Televoting
Selection date(s)Artist: 3 August 2011
Song: 25 January 2012
Selected entrantIvi Adamou
Selected song"La La Love"
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (7th, 91 points)
Final result16th, 65 points
Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Cyprus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Cypriot entry was selected through a combination of an internal selection, to select the artist, and a national final, to select the song, both organised by the Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC). Ivi Adamou represented Cyprus with the song "La La Love", which qualified from the first semi-final and went on to place 16th in the final, scoring 65 points, Cyprus' best placing in the Eurovision Song Contest since attaining 5th place in 2004.[2][3]


Prior to the 2012 Contest, Cyprus had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-nine times since its first entry in 1981.[4] Its best placing was fifth, which it achieved three times: in 1982 with the song "Mono I Agapi" performed by Anna Vissi, in 1997 with "Mana Mou" performed by Hara and Andreas Constantinou, and 2004 with "Stronger Every Minute" performed by Lisa Andreas. Cyprus's least successful result was in 1986 when it placed last in 1986 with the song "Tora Zo" by Elpida, receiving only three points in total. However, its worst finish in terms of points received was when it placed second to last in 1999 with "Tha'nai Erotas" by Marlain Angelidou, receiving only two.[5]

The Cypriot national broadcaster, Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) broadcasts the event in Cyprus each year and organizes the selection process for its entry. Selection processes have varied over the years from full national finals, such as in 2008, and 2009, and 2010 where the public chooses both the song and performer, to internal selections such as in 2005 and 2007 where the artist and sometimes song also is chosen by CyBC. For 2012, CyBC chose a hybrid selection process where the artist was chosen internally while the song will be chosen with a national final. This was opposite of the process used in 2011.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Internal selection[edit]

On 3 August 2011, it was revealed that Ivi Adamou would represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. The song she will perform in Baku will be selected through a national final titled A Song for Ivi.

On 27 December 2011, the names of the three entries were revealed.[6] The songs were released on 6 January 2012.[7]

A Song for Ivi[edit]

The final took place on 25 January 2012, and was hosted by Christos Grigoriades live from RIK studio in Nicosia. The winning entry was chosen by a 50/50 combination of jury and televoting.[8]

Final – 25 January 2012
Draw Song Songwriter(s) Jury Televote Total Place
1 "Call the Police" Lene Dissing, Jakob Glæsner, Mikko Tamminen 10 8 18 2
2 "La La Love" Alex Papaconstantinou, Björn Djupström, Alexandra Zakka, Viktor Svensson 12 12 24 1
3 "You Don't Belong Here" Niklas Jarl, Alexander Schöld, Sharon Vaughn 8 10 18 2

At Eurovision[edit]

In the running order draw, it was revealed that Cyprus were to perform 12th in the first-semi final.[9] After qualifying, they were then drew position 8 in the final.[10] They finished in 16th place with 65 points, one point ahead of Greece.[11]

Split results[edit]

  • In the Semi-final 1 Cyprus came 7th with 91 points: the public awarded Cyprus 6th place with 99 points and the jury awarded 4th place with 90 points.
  • In the Final Cyprus came 16th with 65 points: the public awarded Cyprus 15th place with 63 points and the jury awarded 12th place with 85 points.

Points awarded to Cyprus[12][edit]

Points awarded to Cyprus (final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Cyprus[12][edit]


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  5. ^ "History by Country: Greece". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
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  13. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Semi-Final (1), Eurovision
  14. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Grand Final Archived January 22, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Eurovision