What has been the common secret for days has now become official. RIK some minutes ago during the presentation of its new programme, announced that Silia Kapsis will represent Cyprus in Eurovision 2024 with a song by Dimitris Kontopoulos! This will be the eighth different country that the distinguished Greek artist will represent in the contest and the first time we will see him in Cypriot colours!
The “civil war” that has broken out between ERT and RIK on the occasion of the Fame Story, which will be broadcast on STAR Channel in Greece and through which Cyprus intends to choose its representative for Eurovision 2024 continues, without defusing the crisis at least so far.
What has happened.
RIK’s decision to collaborate with Nikos Koklonis’ Barking Well Media, STAR Channel and PANIK Records for the production of Fame Story, which will be broadcast simultaneously in Greece (by STAR) and Cyprus (by RIK), has brought the two public broadcasters into conflict.
The trailer of the talent show, which although the word Eurovision is not mentioned as a trophy, but Europe’s biggest music competition, was the straw that broke the camel’s back for ERT, which believes that the exclusive rights to exploit the contest, which it has in Greece, are being violated.
Thus, according to what is reported today in the newspaper PARON, the EBU, at the request of ERT’s administration and Mr. Constantinos Zoulas, the EBU has proceeded to update the Eurovision 2024 regulations, sending them to all its members.
Fame Story controversy?
These new regulations, which seem to have been introduced by the EBU, after ERT’s intervention, bring obstacles to the talent show, at least having as its trophy the representation of Cyprus in the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, as it is implied in the relevant trailer, which continues to play on STAR’s frequency.
The new Eurovision 2024 rules
The new regulations state the following:
The organisation of the national selection of each EBU member must not violate the exclusivity of the rights of the participants of the other participating broadcasters of the other countries. Each national selection of a representative for Eurovision should be undertaken and organised under the exclusive control of each participating broadcaster. The organisation and production may not be subcontracted, except with the prior approval of the EBU. The national selections must be organised and televised nationally in the participating broadcaster’s country and on the participating broadcaster’s own EBU member channel.
Following the publication of the trailer, the EBU wrote to RIK asking it to clarify the details of Fame Story and whether the production of this show in Greece by a private TV station violates the above mentioned regulations of the upcoming music competition.
This intervention was of course not at all accidental, as was the revision of the contest’s regulations, but came after ERT complained that it was violating its exclusive TV and commercial exploitation of Eurovision in Greece, an exclusivity for which it spends around 360,000 euros per year.
The letter from RIK to the EBU
According to information available to Eurovisionfun, RIK has sent a letter of reply to the EBU in which it claims that Fame Story is not a national final, but a talent show which will be included in its entertainment programme.
It is also stated that for Eurovision 2024, RIK will select its representative for Eurovision 2024 by direct award, as it has done in recent years. The artist will be selected from new talent that will emerge from both Fame Story and other young and talented artists.
Finally, it is emphasized in this letter that the final selection will take place in January 2024 through a TV show, which will be held in Nicosia. All of this of course as you can understand is contrary to what Nikos Koklonis (producer of Fame Story) revealed on air, in various interviews, and also included in the promo trailer of Fame Story.
Pending the EBU’s final decision
We now await with interest the final settlement of the issue by the EBU and whether or not it will finally allow, after the explanations of RIK, to be used as a method of selecting the artist that will represent Cyprus in Eurovision 2024. However, according to what has seen the light of publicity in the previous days, in any case, the people of RIK have prepared an alternative plan, since in no case they do not wish to disturb their relations with the EBU, but also to endanger the Cypriot participation in the contest.
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Earlier today, on Open Channel’s morning show, Kalokairi #Yes, the businessman, producer and TV presenter Nikos Koklonis revealed that he will be the presenter of Fame Story, which will be on our screens from September on RIK and Star Channel.
The representative of Cyprus to be chosen through Fame Story
As Nikos Koklonis has already revealed, the talent show will be used as a selection method for the artist who will represent the island in Eurovision 2024, but will also win a contract with the recording label, PANIK Records.
Furthermore, he announced that the show is expected to start around the end of September and will be completed by the end of December.
15 contestants on Fame Story
According to Nikos Koklonis’ statements, 15 candidates will enter the Academy and will claim not only the representation of Cyprus in the Contest, but also their inclusion in the music industry, as there will be opportunities for everyone (concerts, contracts with labels).
Students will receive many daily lessons in addition to music, such as Social Media Management, Styling, Public Relations and they will also be able to communicate with the world outside the show.
Finally, he announced that he can’t reveal the names of the Judges yet, but it was said that there are talks with big names for these positions, as well as those of the Coaches. In fact, we won’t only see singers in these roles.
Within the next few hours the Fame Story trailer is expected to be released, with over 1,000 entries having already been received.
You can also watch all his statements here:
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The talent show that will be used as a selection method for Cyprus in Eurovision 2024 will be Fame Story, which will be broadcast from September by the Cypriot National Broadcaster CyBC/RIK and by the Greek Chanel STAR. EurovisionFun spoke to the people of RIK and they bring you all the exclusive coverage with the first details of what we will see very soon. Until that, you can also read our previous article with the General Director of RIK announcing that there will be a selection process for Eurovision 2024.
“Fame Story” will be broadcast via RIK and STAR
Finally, the plans for the national selection are on going, with RIK, PANIK Records and Barking Well Media to cooperate for the “Fame Story” show. The show will return after many years in the Greek/Cypriot spotlight but quite different from the last one. This news was reported earlier this mornning from Super Katerina Morning Show
Some of the first details are that, during this summer, castings for the talent show will take place in various cities of Greece, Cyprus and foreign countries. The plan is that the show will to stast broadcasting from September with the final taking place during the Christmas holidays, so there will be plenty of time to find the right song and for the artist to get prepaired in order to represnt Cyprus to the 68th Eurovision Song Contest.
An episode will be broadcast daily in the afternoon, with scenes from the academy. The program will be marked as suitable for all. So don’t expect to see much of their daily life, like a regular reality show. Everythimg we will see will focus on the development and progress of the academy students, so we will see their lessons, rehearsals and in general their preperation for the weekly live.
Sixteen artists will be chosen for the music academy, with one of the artists leaving each week in the live show. Discussions have already began with famous artists to be a member of the jury. One of them is Anna Vissi, the Greek Representative when Greece hosted the contest back in 2006.
At the end of this month, people of the national broadcaster will be in Athens to formalize the concept. Afterwards, there will be a relevant trailer calling for artists who would like to participate on the talent show and represent Cyprus in the song contest.
This year, Cyprus managed to achieve their second best result after Eleni Foureira in 2018. Andrew Lambrou finished 12th in the Grand Final with the song Break A Broken Heart.
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