Cyprus joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981, seven years later than the neighbour country Greece. This year it will be the 39th time for the sunny island of Cyprus in the ESC. With the first Cypriot song “Monika” by the group Island, Cyprus could reach the 6th rank, which is not too bad for a debut year. Since then Cyprus has been participating on a regular basis in the Eurovision Song Contest.
In 1988 the Cypriot entry was disqualified, due to a too early publishing, before the official deadline. In 2001 Cyprus had to pause and returned the year afters, because EBU regulations at that time, which said, that if a country does not reach the Top 10, it will have to pause for a year. This rule does not exist anymore, luckily.
It’s true that Cypriot music often showcases warm-heartedness, and the country’s entries in the Eurovision Song Contest have generally been either ballads or rhythmic songs. Cyprus and Greece do share some cultural similarities, and this can often be seen in the music produced by artists from both countries. However, it’s also worth noting that Cypriot music has its own distinct style and sound, influenced by a variety of factors including the island’s history and geography.
There have been instances where singers have performed for both Cyprus and Greece, such as Anna Vissi and Elpida. However, it should be noted that this practice is not unique to Cyprus and Greece, and several other countries have also had singers representing them in multiple editions of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Regarding the points exchange, that Cyprus and Greece have frequently given each other high points, it is important to remember that this is not uncommon in the Eurovision Song Contest. Many other countries also tend to give high points to their neighbouring or culturally similar countries, which can be noticed in the Balkan or Scandinavian countries.
In the past years Cyprus utilizes the free choice of language, Evridiki has once tried to sing in French with “Comme ci comme ca” and did not qualify for the Grand Final in Helsinki 2007. Every year Cyprus has to get through the qualification process, since the semi-finals have been introduced in 2004. Cyprus took part in the Grand Final for 30 times and could reach the Top10 ten times. The chances for a Top 10 placing is approximately 26%.
Last time in Turin, Andromache was not able to reach the Grand Final with “Ela”, and ended up 12th in the Semi-Final. Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego” was a huge success for Cyprus, and it was their best result in the contest to date. It received 436 points, with the maximum 12 points given by both the televoters and the juries of Israel, Greece, and Spain.
1x 2nd place, Eleni Foueria with “Fuego” (Lisbon 2018)
5th place, Anna Vishy with “Mono I Agapi” (Harrogate 1982)
5th place, Chara & Andreas Konstantinou with “Mana Mou” (Dublin 1997)
- Debut: 1981
- Participations: 38
- Victories: 0
- Finals: 30 (10 since 2004)
- Chances to reach the final: 79% (50% since 2004)
- Top 10: 10 (2 since 2004)
- Chances to reach the Top 10: 26% (11% since 2004)
- Last place: 1
Ivi Adamou with “La La Love”, Rang 13 (Baku 2012)
Fanny Polymeri and Yiannis Savvidakis with “Apopse As Vrethoume”, Rank 11 (Lausanne 1989)
Michael Hajiyanni with “Genesis”, Rank 11 (Birmingham 1998)