Cyprus: Has Helena Paparizou been selected internally for Lisbon?

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 3,773 views

Is the 2005 Greek Eurovision winner, Helena Paparizou, heading to Lisbon for Eurovision? It seems that the Queen of Greek Pop is considering to represent Cyprus at the forthcoming 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, according to local media reports.

Is the cat out of the bag? Will Helena Paparizou represent Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest?

If the latest rumours and rejoinders about the Greek Goddess’ potential Eurovision return are true, many a Eurovision fan will be delighted to see 2005 Eurovision winner back on the Eurovision stage!

Cypriot news portal is running a story, reporting that Cyprus has allegedly reverted to an internal selection in order to select its Eurovision representative for Lisbon, whilst its national broadcaster CyBC has made a strong proposal to Helena Paparizou (Greece 2001/2005) to represent Cyprus at the forthcoming 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

The 2005 Greek Eurovision winner has not made a decision yet according to reports, hence she has neither accepted or declined the proposal.

In the wake of the rumours and speculation doing the rounds, ESCToday decided to contact CyBC in order to shed more light on this matter; the Cypriot broadcaster did not want to make a comment regarding this issue, thus neither denying or confirming this piece of news.

Cyprus had initially planned to hold a national final in order to select its Eurovision act and entry for Lisbon; after today’s alleged reports, it seems that the country is reverting to an internal selection to select its Eurovision representative.

We will have to wait a little bit longer in order to find out more about CyBC’s Eurovision 2018 project and plans.

The 2018 Cypriot Eurovision entry will be composed by Alex Papaconstatinou, the man behind several Eurovision entries; Greece 2007, Azerbaijan 2009 and Cyprus 2012.

About Helena Paparizou

Helena Paparizou has graced the Eurovision stage twice; in 2001 as part of Antique and in 2005 as a solo artist. Her fame has crossed frontiers and is a household name both in Greece and Cyprus.

The Greek artist is one of the most sought after Greek singers today, having released numerous albums and has a massive fan following both in Greece and overseas.

Helena won the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest with her entry My number one. The Swedish-born Greek artist has gained much name and recognition, both in Sweden and Greece since her Eurovision victory.

The Greek Eurovision winner tried to represent Sweden in 2014 when she competed in the Swedish national selection with her entry Survivor, achieving an honorable 4th place in Melodifestivalen.

Cyprus in Eurovision

Aphrodite’s island graced the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1981 with the group Island.

The Mediterranean country is yet to win the competition and achieved its best results in the contest in 1982, 1997 and 2004 when it placed 5th.

In 2017, CyBC went internal for a 3rd consecutive year and gave Hovig the honour to fly the Cypriot colours in Kyiv with his entry Gravity. He achieved a 21st placing in the Grand Final in Kyiv.