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Cyprus: Andrew Lambrou’s song will be published in January!

Andrew Lambrou gave an interview to Melina Karageorgiou, in CyBC’s central newscast. Andrew was really excited for his first time in Cyprus, right after the recording of his song, he continues preparations for Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool. This year we won’t have to wait a lot, as according to his saying, the Cypriot entry will be published in January!

As it seems, we are going to listen Cyprus’ entry for 2023, much earlier than usual. The song with which Andrew Lambrou will represent the country in Eurovision 2023 will be published in January!

After finishing the recording of his song the previous days in Stockholm and signing with PANIK Records in Athens, Andrew is now in Cyprus, where he is invited on many Cypriot TV shows, while of course preparing for the contest.

Being here in Cyprus makes me feel like home, I’m really close to my legacy… it is amazingrepresenting Cyprus in Eurovision! It’s a dream for me! I love Eurovision, since I was a kid.

Andrew’s goal is to make all Cypriots proud. As for his song, Andrew seems excited and is looking forward to show it to the public:

When I first listened to my song I knew it was unique… And then I was in Sweden, I had an amazing recording session in the studio and I’m really happy with what we did.

In addition to his preparations for the contest, Andrew is also doing intensive Greek lessons!

We remind you that the Cypriot song for Eurovision 2023 is composed by these creators, all of them having a great amount of experience in the contest:

  • Thomas Stengaard : Denmark 2013, Germany 2018, Germany 2019, San Marino 2021, Cyprus 2021, Azerbaijan 2022
  • Jimmy “Joker” Thörnfeldt : Sweden 2021, San Marino 2021, Cyprus 2021
  • Jimmy Jansson : Denmark 2020
  • Marcus Winther-John : Andorra 2009

Are you looking forward to listening to Cyprus’ song for Eurovision 2023? Write us in the comments below!

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Cypriot participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

Andrew Lambrou: With which country is the singer in discussions for Eurovision 2023?

We promised you last night, through our social media, some really interesting news! And we aspire to always deliver! So, here it is: Andrew Lambrou, an Australian singer of Cypriot origin, is in discussions with a country for Eurovision 2023.

“Until we know what’s happening with Eurovision”

Due to the summer idleness and lack of news, we decided to get in touch with artists who were candidates for this year’s national finals, to see where they are now, what they are up to or if they would be interested in participating again in ESC.

One of the artists we interviewed was Andrew Lambrou, who attempted to represent Australia at Eurovision 2022, taking part in the national final Australia Decides with the song Electrify – eventually coming seventh out of eleven candidates.

So, we contacted him and he agreed to do the interview, referring us to his manager to arrange the details of the interview. After having agreed on day and time with his manager, Timothy Youngson, we were waiting for the final “ok”.

However, on Sunday evening, we received an e-mail in which it was essentially confirmed that the artist is in discussions for Eurovision 2023, and that his team decided to wait for the final outcome of these discussions, before giving an interview!

Which country is Andrew Lambrou in discussions with?

Of course, the question that arises now is which country is Andrew Lambrou in discussions with. There are, we believe, two possible scenarios.

Australia

The first possible scenario is that the young expatriate artist is discussing a return to Australia Decides, the country’s national final for the ESC.

He might not have managed to get the ticket for the Competition this year, but Andrew Lambrou left a positive impression upon the eurofans, and not a few of them would like to see him try again.

Cyprus

The second possible scenario is of course Cyprus. CYBC very recently signed a new agreement with PANIK, according to which their cooperation in Eurovision is extended for at least two more years. In fact, it was announced that for 2023 they will once again select the artist internally, while for 2024 they will hold ,together with Nikos Kokloni’s production company, “All Together Now”, for the selection of the country’s representative.

So, it would not come as a surprise if the Cypriot delegation and PANIK are already in discussion with the artist’s team, in order for the latter to represent the country in the next competition. Andrew Lambrou may not be part of PANIK’s team (after all he lives and works in Australia), but this is not a problem since something similar happened back in 2020, with PANIK records taking over Sandro merely for the Eurovision project.

Who is Andrew Lambrou

Andrew Lambrou is 24 years old, who lives and works in Sydney. He performs and writes his own songs since the age of five.

At the age of just 17, he impressed all four X Factor judges, who easily got him through to the next stage. Having received great feedback from the four big names sitting in the judges’ seats  (Danii Minogue, James Blunt, Chris Isaak, Guy Sebastian). Andrew got through the first round with four ‘YES’, performing his rendition of Nick Jonas’ song “Chains”.

In the second phase, the 5 seat challenge, the coach of the Boys under 25 team, Chris Isaak, was asked to choose only five out of the boys to go through. Andrew sang “Ain’t nobody” by Chaka Khan and achieved a Top 5 spot.

It is worth noting that Andrew Lambrou became known well before his participation on X-Factor, due to his YouTube Channel, where he uploads various covers of popular (mostly pop) songs.

Unfortunately, Andrew was not as lucky in the next phase, the Super Home Visits phase, as he did not manage to make it to the top 3 and enter the live shows. This is attributed mostly to his musical inexperience at the time. However, experts in the field, like Simon Cowell, remarked upon Andrew’s promising career in the industry.

It now remains to be seen if Andrew Lambrou will try again for the Australian national final despite his recent disappointing results or whether CYBC, after this year’s non-qualification, will follow on the ERT’s footsteps and send an expatriate artist to the ESC.

Check out his performance at Australia Decides 2022 below:

Would you like to see Andrew Lambrou at Eurovision 2023 with Australia or with Cyprus? Stay tuned for all the updates on the matter!

Evangelia: “I’m sending in a song for Eurovision 2023”!

As we have already revealed, the Greek artists’ interest in participating in Eurovision 2023 is particularly strong! And while the first rumours have already begun to spread, we already have the first official confirmation from none other than Evangelia, a promising young artist who came into vogue the last couple of years!

Evangelia, whose music fuses Greek folk sounds, with (mostly American) pop elements, has already pulled of hits, such as “Páme Páme”, “Fotiá”, and “Ónira”. Also, the new video clip for her song, “Paradise”, was recently released.

The singer, who grew up in New Jersey, USA, and is originally from Crete, said in an Instagram live on her personal account, talking to Adem Kavaz (a Turkish Cypriot Eurovision fan) that she “wants to represent Greece or Cyprus in ESC” and “she will submit a song for Eurovision 2023”.

 

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The Instagram video is not available, but it will be published soon on Adem Kavaz’s blog and youtube channel .

It is not the first time that Evangelia will seek to take part in ESC, since last year she reportedly submitted three songs, (one of which was “Ónira”), to represent Greece, which, however, did not go through the second stage of evaluation by the selection committee. Evangelia also sought to represent Cyprus in the 2022 ESC.

Would you like to see Evangelia at Eurovision 2023? Stay tuned for any updates!

Cyprus: It’s final | Cyprus’ representative for Eurovision 2023 will not be selected through “All Together Now”!

As we previously reported as the most plausible scenario, has now become almost certain; All Together Now will not be used as the method of selection for the artist that will represent Cyprus in Eurovision 2023.

The trailer of the talent show that will be broadcast through Alpha TV (Greek free-to-air channel) and will be presented by Nikos Koklonis, is already on air, without a single reference to Eurovision or the possibility of the winner representing Cyprus in the upcoming competition.

Further to this, according to our exclusive information, “All Together Now” is scheduled to be aired in the second half of the year, since another show (“J2US”), will be broadcast instead in the first half. The preparation required for All Together Now is quite extensive and the production team could not make it in time to have the artist selected for Eurovision. Have in mind that additional time is anyway required for choosing an appropriate song.

However, the plans of Nikos Kokloni’s production company (“Barking Well Media”) for a talent show through which the winner will also get the ticket for the Eurovision Song Contest are not altogether abandoned. So, and if “All Together Now” gets the green light for a second season, we might see it return in the fall of 2023, for the selection of the Cyprus’ representative for Eurovision 2024.

Based on the above and without anything being a foregone conclusion, the most likely scenario is that CYBC will choose both the song and the artist by direct assignment, as in the previous years.

Stay tuned for updates on the matter!

Cyprus: “All Together Now” trailer is out | No mention of Eurovision!

The All Together Now trailer, through which Cyprus’ representative in Eurovision 2023 would have been selected, was aired yesterday, but without any reference to the Eurovision Song Contest.

As we informed you in our previous article, the things that came to light in Alpha’s show “Super Katerina”, as well as the surrounding circumstances, indicate that All Together Now will probably not be the medium whereby Cyprus’ Eurovision contestant will be selected for 2023.

This latest development is a further corroboration of the above conclusion. The trailer that already plays on Alpha channel and you can watch below, says nothing about the representation of Cyprus in Eurovision 2023. Is it possible that such an award really exists, but it is for some reason omitted in a trailer, where its main aim is to invite potential contestants to the talent show?

In the same context, Alpha channel’s website, where the trailer for All Together Now is also available, maintains radio silence on the issue.

So far, there has been no announcement from the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (“CYBC”) on the matter.

It seems that the most likely scenario is that the CYBC will continue with direct assignments, perhaps in collaboration with Panik Records, aiming this time for a better result than this year’s elimination.

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the updates and developments!

 

Cyprus: The announcement of the song on March 9!

Through Eurovisionfun you read first, that George Papadopoulos is among the creators that will be announced by RIK for its participation in Eurovision 2022, the news seems to be confirmed by all media, while we now know the date of the song’s announcement.

According to exclusive information of lifeNewscy, the recording of the song took place a few days ago in Athens, where Andromachi, who will represent Cyprus, entered the studio and completed the recording of the song.

The songwriter Alex Papaconstantinou was also there. The song of Cyprus has strong ethic elements, which as lifeNewscy knows, will be enriched with bouzouki, to have a more “Greek” sound!

The lyrics are signed by George Papadopoulos, while the word “Ela” dominates.

The shooting for the video clip of the song will take place on Saturday, March 5, which will be shown for the first time on Wednesday, March 9, through the show “Ola ston Aera” by RIK.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the updates of Cyprus regarding its participation in Eurovision 2022!

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Cyprus: Is Giorgos Papadopoulos involved with the Cypriot entry?

By Sunday 13 March, all countries that haven’t announced an artist and song for Eurovision 2022 will have to do so. Among them is Cyprus, which play their cards close to their chest this year, waiting until the last moment to make the official announcement.

What do we know as of now?

Although nothing has been officially announced by the Cypriot broadcaster, RIK, what appears to happen thus far are the following:

  • The country will be represented by Andromachi from PANIK Records.
  • The song is signed by Alex P and his team.
  • According to what Andromachi has stated lately, it is a song with a mix of traditional and modern sound.
  • The song might have some Greek lyrics.
  • The artistic director for the second consecutive year will be Austrian-born Marvin Dietmann.

Is George Papadopoulos a part of the Cypriot team?

Based on some of our latest information, RIK will announce that the well-known Cypriot singer-songwriter Giorgos Papadopoulos is included in the composing of the Cypriot entry.

The participation of Giorgos Papadopoulos in the whole project, comes to confirm everything that RIK said in the previous months, that in this year’s Eurovision, there will be a strong Cypriot colour.

We remind you that two years ago, in an exclusive statements by the artist’s manager to Eurovisionfun, it was mentioned that Giorgos Papadopoulos was against representing his country as a performer, but not as a composer or a lyricist.

Right now, I think he wouldn’t want to be the performer, but he would certainly want to be the lyricist and the composer of the Cypriot entry.

We are anxiously awaiting for the official announcements of RIK for this year’s Cypriot participation! Cyprus will compete in the first half of the second semi-final of Eurovision 2022, hoping for its seventh consecutive qualification to the final.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Cypriot participation in Eurovision 2022!

Cyprus: Fatjon Miftari producer of the Eurovision entry?

While RIK continues to keep its papers closed for Eurovision 2022, a story posted by Alex P on his profile, perhaps betrays the fact that Fatjon Miftari, a well-known Albanian producer, is working with Alex P for the Cypriot participation in this year’s competition.

We know little about this year’s Cypriot participation. Everything shows that Andromachi from PANIK Records, will represent Cyprus in Turin, with a song composed by Alex P. It seems that the group is completed by Nikos Giouletzis, a well-known musician in Greece with many important collaborations, but also Fatjon Miftari music producer from Albania. His latest release was Lajkat by Angela Peristeri, last year’s Albania’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest.

RIK is expected to announce both the name of the artist and the song at the end of the deadline set by the EBU to the participating countries of Eurovision 2022, ie shortly before Sunday, March 13.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the updates for the Cypriot entry in Eurovision 2022!

Cyprus: Michalis Hatzigiannis and Alex P join forces for Eurovision 2022?

You have read very well, our dear readers, according to information we have at our disposal, the song with which Cyprus will participate in Eurovision 2022 will be a composition by Michalis Hatzigiannis and Alex P and his team.

Through the show Me Agapi Christiana, Konstantinos Hampalis, editor-in-chief of Tv Mania magazine, stated that RIK is still in the search phase of the song, although there is a song that has caught the eyes of those in charge. So this song is a composition of the well-known Greek Cypriot singer Michalis Hatzigiannis and Alex P and his team, a Greek-born creator and producer based in Sweden.

RIK after the unsuccessful attempt to secure the anecdotal song of George Michael, but also the reluctance with which he faced this possibility, the well-known Greek artist who was offered to perform the song on the stage of Eurovision, turned to the choice of Michalis Hatzigiannis a scenario after all, it has been there since the summer.

The song according to our information is mid tempo and has ethnic vibes. As we had written, the singer for another year will belong to the staff of PANIK Records, since RIK’s collaboration with the record company continues in the coming years. We remind you of what the CEO of the company, G. Arsenakos, had revealed months ago, the talent show that will take place next year, with the prize of representing Cyprus in Eurovision 2023.

Michalis Hatzigiannis represented Cyprus at Eurovision 1998 with the song Genesis, occupying the eleventh place, while Alex P has participated as a composer in the contest with Cyprus (2012, 2018, 2019), Greece (2007), and Azerbaijan (2009).

For another year, RIK focuses first on finding a song and then on the search for the artist, who will lift the weight of the representation of Cyprus in the competition, hoping this time for a better result than last year. The selection of Michalis Hatzigiannis as co-composer of the song, comes to confirm the statements of members of the Cypriot delegation, that this year there will be Cypriot actors in the participation. The song is expected to be released in March, while any official announcements will probably be made next month.

Update:

In a communication that a member of the Cypriot delegation had with us, we were told that although discussions were held about the above mentioned scenario and cooperation, it seems is not something that went ahead. We are waiting now for the official announcements …

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Cypriot participation in Eurovision 2022!

Cyprus: With Michalis Hatzigiannis and… at Eurovision 2022?

For the silence that prevails this year in Aphrodite’s island regarding the next entry of RIK in Eurovision 2022 we have written in our previous articles. For this reason and with great caution we convey the latest information that has reached our ears, since nothing is yet considered certain. Read more