The Cypriot broadcaster is reported to be considering options as how to reinforce Christos Mylordou, the country's chosen representative in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. According to local media, Alex Panayi, who has already represented Cyprus in 1995 and 2000, is being considered as an option to join the Cypriot team as a backing vocalist.
Cyprus was one of the first countries to select their representative for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest this year. Christos Mylordou, a 19 year old newcomer, was chosen via Performance, a televised talent show. Christos' choice was severly criticized by local media and fans who were not happy with the singer's vocal abilities and lack of experience, so now the broadcaster seems to be considering options as how to reinforce him on stage.
According to local media, a memo distributed by the RIK General Director to the board of directors mentions that after assessing the situation as well as after receiving a letter by the local OGAE club, RIK consider inviting Alex Panayi and also more artists from Performance to join Christos on stage. Alex Panayi is very experienced having taken part many times in the Eurovision Song Contest both as a performer, backing singer and stage director for Cyprus, Greece and Malta.
As for the choice of song for Christos Mylordos, local media report that RIK is considering a tailormade option in a traditional style like chasapiko or zeibekiko with lyrics in Greek.