Watch now: First auditions from The Eurovision Project

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Tonight marks the return of Cyprus to the Eurovision Song Contest following a one year break.  Watch the first round of auditions for their national selection show, The Eurovision Project, televised by the country’s national broadcaster CyBC.

About the show

The Grand Final of the Eurovision Project, which will determine the country’s next Eurovision representative, will take place in Nicosia on Sunday 1 February 2015.  There will be nine televised audition rounds, starting with this evening’s show, with an overall total of sixty songs competing for the opportunity to represent Cyprus at the Vienna extravaganza next year.

The audition shows will include a feature called the Eurobox, in which each participant will discuss their Eurovision connection and perform a cover version of a Eurovision Song Contest entry from the past sixty years.  The audition shows will also feature the Viewing Room, where family and friends will sit in support of each participant, and the Eurostudio.  The Eurostudio, where participants will perform half-playback, will prove crucial to a contestant’s hopes of proceeding to the next phase of the competition, as after this performance each contestant will need three “Yes” votes from the Jury.  Twenty songs will progress to the Eurochallenge – the second phase of the auditions.

The Eurovision Project will be presented by the model and television personality Antri Karantoni, and the specially selected Jury panel includes former Cypriot Eurovision representatives Elena Patroklou (1991), Alex Panayi (1995 and 2000) and Despina Olympiou (2013). You can read more about the Cypriot national selection along with the full schedule here.

How to watch

[alert-info]The show will commence at 20:30 CET (21:30 local time) and will last for ninety minutes.

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The songs and acts

The names of all sixty songs and acts can be found below:

  1. Victorious – Yuri Melikov
  2. Unicorn – Anastasia Liberos
  3. Lonely – Lucy Sofroniou
  4. Miracle – Olivia Sofocli
  5. Run run run – Nelena Paparisva
  6. Scared – Valence (Chrisovalantis Nikolaou)
  7. Let your mind free – Flirt
  8. Chlomi selini (Pale moon) – Nikolas Leventis
  9. One thing I should have done – Giannis Karagiannis
  10. Rainbow – Kostas Karaiskos
  11. Shine – Minus One
  12. Stone in a river – Hovig
  13. Come and fight for freedom – Eva Diva
  14. Don’t give up on me (Just yet) – ApolloNia
  15. Shake dat – Georgiou Kyriakos
  16. You can’t stop love – Christina Papaioannou
  17. Right in – Aimily Charalampous
  18. Ena kafe mazi (A coffee together) – Nikolas Mavromichalis
  19. Without your love – Panagiotis Koufogiannis
  20. Magic – Doody
  21. Find me – Maria Pampori
  22. No money no honey – Elena Panayi
  23. Steko akoma (Still hanging on) – Kostas Archontous
  24. Still – Maria Evangelou
  25. Play me like a pop song – Maria Evangelou
  26. My aura is bright – Chrystalla Patsia feat. DJ performer Cyprus Karavioti
  27. Said it all before – Pieros Kezou
  28. Live your myth – Adrenaline by Kristis Koupatos
  29. Call on love – Stefanos Tsiitsios (Stephano Prunabelli)
  30. March to doubt – Stefanos Tsiitsios (Stephano Prunabelli)
  31. Beat of my heart – Ioanna Protopapa
  32. World one – Stella Esmeralda Konstantinou
  33. Dawn – Eleni Iracleus
  34. Chorevo mambo (Dancing mambo) – Evagoras Evagorou
  35. Tha sou tragoudiso (I’ll sing for you) – Maria Pavlou
  36. Until the end of time – Lady Ava
  37. Eimai edo (I am here) – Nikos Trikki
  38. Your love – Gore Melian
  39. Stand up – Konstantinos Michailoudi
  40. Meine (Stay) – Christos Rialas
  41. Deila den agapo (I don’t love timidly) – Charis Savva, Nearchos Evaggelou
  42. The key is love – Lady Ava
  43. Real you – Eleni Savva
  44. Heaven on Earth – Eleonora
  45. Alone in love – Lefki Stilianou
  46. Thelo na gino oranos (I want to become the sky) – Stella Stilianou
  47. Thelo na chatho (I want to disappear) – Stella Stilianou
  48. Kori tis Messogeiou (Daughter of the Medditerranean sea) – Christodoula Tsaggara
  49. Lonely nights – Lefki Stilianou
  50. I didn’t know – Christina Matsa
  51. When I look at you – Dimitris Iakovou
  52. Call for me – Iosif Charalampous
  53. I wanna dance (I say tempo) – Iosif Charalampous
  54. #Is this real life – Groove Therapy
  55. Sailing ships pirates and dragons – Giorgos Moisi, Maria Moskofian, Christiana Chatziiordanous
  56. In this arms – Christina Tselepou
  57. When we used to be – Georgiou Konstantina
  58. Remember my love – Ifigenia Loukaidou featuring Lyrical Eye
  59. Just another guy – Marios Liasidos
  60. Rebound – Neofitos Stratis

The story so far

Cyprus debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest of 1981, with a total of thirty-one appearances to date.  Their best results have been fifth place finishes in 1982 (Anna Vissi, Mono i agapi), 1997 (Hara and Andreas Constantinou, Mana mou) and 2004 (Lisa Andreas, Stronger every minute).  Cyprus was most recently represented by Despina Olympiou, who sang An me thimasai at the Malmö competition in 2013, finishing in fifteenth place in the first semi-final with a total of eleven points.

Stay tuned to esctoday.com for all the latest news on The Eurovision Project, Cyprus and the Eurovision Song Contest.

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