As the deadline for Eurovision song submissions looms closer, more countries will reveal their internally-selected entries this week. Cyprus became the latest country to confirm a release date for their 2022 song: March 9 at 16:30 EET. This announcment came via the Cypriot head of press for Eurovision, Andreas Anastasiou.
Another Internal Selection for Cyprus 2022
Cyprus has selected its Eurovision entries internally since 2016 through a collaboration between broadcaster CyBC and record label Panik Records. However, CyBC announced last year that they would hold a national final to select its Eurovision 2023 entrant. This makes 2022 the last internal selection for Cyprus for the foreseeable future.
Cyprus’s 2022 entry will perform in the first half of semi-final two, as announced back in January at the allocation draw.
Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
Cyprus debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 where they placed 6th with Island’s “Monika”. They have participated in every contest since except for 1988, 2001, and 2014, with 37 entrants and counting. Consequently, Cyprus currently holds the record for most Eurovision participations without a win.
Cyprus has been particularly successful in recent years, having qualified for the final every year since 2015. This streak includes their best result, which they achieved in 2018 when Eleni Fouriera’s “Fuego” finished as the runner-up. Meanwhile, their other notable entrants from this decade include Ivi Adamou’s “La La Love” (2012), Minus One’s “Alter Ego” (2016) and Tamta’s “Replay” (2019).
Most recently, Elena Tsagrinou represented Cyprus at Eurovision 2021 with “El Diablo”. She qualified for the Grand Final and then finished in 16th place with 94 points, including 50 from the juries and 44 from the televote.
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News Source: Andreas Anastasiou/Twitter
Photo Source: Thomas Hanses