Following a string of internal selections, Cyprus has announced it will be running a talent search show to find its artist for Eurovision 2024.
Talent search show headed by Panik Records
Speaking on the breakfast show at STAR TV in Greece, head of Panik Records Giorgos Arsenakos announced that the record label would be hosting a TV show searching for the next artist to represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2024. This came soon after CyBC announced that Andrew Lambrou had been internally selected to represent the island nation at the upcoming Contest in Liverpool.
We have agreed with the state channel of Cyprus to do a talent show, the winner of which will represent Cyprus in the 2024 Eurovision contest.Giorgos Arsenakos, CEO of Panik Records
According to OGAE Greece, this plan was initially meant to find Cyprus’ artist for Eurovision 2023, but delays and unforeseen feasibilities put the show into doubt. However, it has not been confirmed whether the show used will resemble ‘All Together Now’, which had been suggested as a potential national final.
As a result, 2024 will mark the first time since 2015 that Cyprus has used a national final to select their entry for Eurovision. The last time that Cyprus used a national final, John Karayiannis represented the country and qualified for the final for the first time since 2012, finishing in 22nd place with 11 points.
Cyprus’ Eurovision journey
The Mediterranean nation made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981, where Island participated with the song “Monika” and place 6th. Since then, Cyprus has participated 38 times (31 of which where they were in the Grand Final).
In 2022, CyBC internally selected Andromache to represent them in Turin with the song “Ela”. During their participation in Turin, Andromache failed to qualify for the Grand Final, and managed to place 12th in the Semi-Final, receiving 63 points from the Jury and Televoters.
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News Source: OGAE Greece
Photo Credit: EBU / CyBC