Cyprus: Rock, groove and dance from George Synnos

by Stella Floras 113 views

George Synnos takes part in the Cypriot final this year with Moving on which will be performed by three young, talented artists: Christiana Theokli, Konstantina Georgiou and Andreas Christoforou. The composer spoke to esctoday,com about his song, the Eurovision Song Contest and more.

Although George Synnos has extensive experience in composing music for the theatre, having written the score for no less than four plays, this is his first attempt for the Eurovision Song Contest. George is bidding to represent Cyprus with Moving on, a song penned by Christina Georgiou. Christina, is an award winning composer (Monaco Film Festival 2008), a lyricist and a poet. This is her second attempt to represent Cyprus as a lyricist, the first being in 2005 with the song Just a dance by Marios Anastasiou.

Can you tell us a bit about your song Moving on?

Moving on is a youthful, contemporary song with rock-groove elements alternating harmoniously with a dance tune. It was especially written for the Eurovision Song Contest and Christina Georgiou's lyrics talk about life after a break up, looking at things in a dynamic, optimistic way.

Who will perform it?

Three young and talented artists will perform Moving on. Christiana Theokli, Konstantina Georgiou and Andreas Christoforou will be accompanied by dancers Leda Christodolou and Evridiki Gregoriou, Leda is also responsible for the choreography. We aim to present a modern song, fresh and youthful.

As a composer, how do you feel about the recent changes in the voting system in the Eurovision final with the reintroduction of the jury vote?

I feel that the change in the voting system will make the Eurovision Song Contest fairer and more attractive to the TV viewers.

Have you been following the Eurovision Song Contest? Any favourites among the Cypriot and international entries?

I have been following the Eurovision Song Contest with great interest. I feel that a rhythmic song with a clever arrangement and a dynamic performance, choreography and staging can do very well or possibly win it.

From the Cypriot entries, the one I admired the most was Lisa Andreas' Stronger every minute and I think Europe agreed with me. From the international entries, I was really impressed by the 1981 UK entry, Making your mind up by Bucks Fizz, Ireland 1987 with Johnny Logan's Hold me now and of course the amazing Helena Paparizou with My number one in 2005.

Do you have a message for the readers of esctoday.com?

I wish your readers a happy and creative 2009. I hope you will enjoy our song, Moving on, on the night of the Cypriot final and that you will honour us with your vote

Stay tuned to esctoday.com for more interviews with the Cypriot participants.

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined esctoday.com in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.

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