Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest

Cyprus has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 36 times since making its debut in 1981. Cyprus' first entry was the group Island, who finished sixth. The country's best result in the contest is a second-place finish with Eleni Foureira in 2018.

Member stationCyBC
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances36 (30 finals)
First appearance1981
Best result2nd: 2018
Worst resultLast: 1986
External links
CyBC page
Cyprus's page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020

Since 2004, Cyprus failed to qualify from the semi-final round for six out of eight years (2006–2013), before withdrawing from the 2014 contest. On 14 July 2014, CyBC officially confirmed Cyprus' return to the contest, with the country reaching the final five times in a row in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.


Since its first entry, Cyprus has participated every year except 1988, 2001 and 2014. In 1988, Cyprus withdrew its entry after broadcaster CyBC determined that the intended entry was ineligible; the song had been entered (but not selected) in the 1984 national selection process, which was a violation of the Cypriot selection rules. In 2001, the country did not qualify for the contest due to insufficiently high average scores in previous contests, according to the qualification process at the time. In 2014, the broadcaster decided to withdraw from the contest and cited public indifference and the economic difficulties for not taking part.[1] As of 2019, Cyprus now holds the record for the most times competing in the Eurovision Song Contest without a single win with 36 entries into the contest.

Most of the Cypriot entries have been sung in Greek or English; the exceptions are in 2000, in which the song "Nomiza" included both Greek and Italian, and in the 2007 contest, in which Evridiki performed "Comme Ci, Comme Ça" entirely in French.


On 3 October 2013, the Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) withdrew from the 2014 contest. Reasons that were cited are public opinion regarding the 2012–13 Cypriot financial crisis and budget restrictions as factors that influenced this decision.[1]


The annual exchange of the maximum 12 points with Greece in the Semi Final and Final has become an amusingly predictable occurrence which is now often met with derision from the audience, but there have been exceptions. The last time Cyprus gave Greece fewer than 12 points was in 2015 (8 points). Since the advent of televoting in 1998, the two countries have consistently given each other the maximum 12 points until the 2015 Contest, where neither country gave their 12 to the other, but curiously both gave them to Italy.

Cyprus and Turkey never exchanged votes until 2003, a taboo attributed to the ongoing Cyprus dispute.

Popularity of the contestEdit

Since its first entry in 1981, Cyprus has had a mixture of good and bad results. The best result achieved so far is a second place, reached by Eleni Foureira at the 2018 Contest.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Cyprus had managed to reach the top 10 a number of times, something which made the Contest become popular in the Cypriot public. Since 2004, Cyprus' performance has dropped notably. From 2006 to 2009 and again in 2011 & 2013, the country didn't manage to reach the final.

At the same time when Cyprus' performance in the contest dropped vertically, Greece's performance improved very fast by one win and seven top ten results in one decade. This created a shift of interest, with the Cypriot public being more interested in the success of the Greek entry. This is probably because Greece, since 2004, seems to send very popular singers that have a well established fan-club in Cyprus, while Cyprus usually elects their contestants through an open talent contest, which often results in somewhat unknown artists representing the country.

2015 returnEdit

On 14 July 2014, CyBC officially confirmed their return to the contest in 2015.[2][3] Cyprus hosted the Eurovision Song Project, which included 2 semi-finals, 1 second chance round and a final.[4][5] Since their return in 2015 the country has never failed to qualify, and even made their best result with Eleni Foureira coming second in 2018.


Table key
Second place
Third place
Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1981 Island Greek "Monika" (Μόνικα) 6 69 No semi-finals
1982 Anna Vissi Greek "Mono i agapi" (Μόνο η αγάπη) 5 85
1983 Stavros & Constantina Greek "I agapi akoma zi" (Η αγάπη ακόμα ζει) 16 26
1984 Andy Paul Greek "Anna Maria Lena" (Άννα Μαρία Λένα) 15 31
1985 Lia Vissi Greek "To katalava arga" (Το κατάλαβα αργά) 16 15
1986 Elpida Greek "Tora zo" (Τώρα ζω) 20 ◁ 4
1987 Alexia Greek "Aspro mavro" (Άσπρο-μαύρο) 7 80
1988 Yiannis Dimitrou Greek "Thimame" (Θυμάμαι) Withdrawn
1989 Yiannis Savvidakis & Fani Polymeri Greek "Apopse as vrethoume" (Απόψε ας βρεθούμε) 11 51
1990 Haris Anastazio Greek "Milas poli" (Μιλάς πολύ) 14 36
1991 Elena Patroklou Greek "SOS" 9 60
1992 Evridiki Greek "Teriazoume" (Ταιριάζουμε) 11 57
1993 Kyriakos Zympoulakis & Dimos Van Beke Greek "Mi stamatas" (Μη σταματάς) 19 17 Kvalifikacija za Millstreet
1994 Evridiki Greek "Eimai anthropos ki ego" (Είμαι άνθρωπος κι εγώ) 11 51 No semi-finals
1995 Alex Panayi Greek "Sti fotia" (Στη φωτιά) 9 79
1996 Constantinos Greek "Mono gia mas" (Μόνο για μας) 9 72 15 42
1997 Hara & Andreas Constantinou Greek "Mana mou" (Μάνα μου) 5 98 No semi-finals
1998 Michalis Hatzigiannis Greek "Genesis" (Γένεσις) 11 37
1999 Marlain Greek "Tha 'nai erotas" (Θα 'ναι έρωτας) 22 2
2000 Voice Greek, Italian "Nomiza" (Νόμιζα) 21 8
2001 Did not participate
2002 One English "Gimme" 6 85
2003 Stelios Constantas English "Feeling Alive" 20 15
2004 Lisa Andreas English "Stronger Every Minute" 5 170 5 149
2005 Constantinos Christoforou English "Ela Ela (Come Baby)" (Ελα Ελα) 18 46 Top 12 Previous Year[a]
2006 Annet Artani English "Why Angels Cry" Failed to qualify 15 57
2007 Evridiki French "Comme ci, comme ça" 15 65
2008 Evdokia Kadí Greek "Femme Fatale" 15 36
2009 Christina Metaxa English "Firefly" 14 32
2010 Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders English "Life Looks Better in Spring" 21 27 10 67
2011 Christos Mylordos Greek "San aggelos s'agapisa" (Σαν άγγελος σ'αγάπησα) Failed to qualify 18 16
2012 Ivi Adamou English "La La Love" 16 65 7 91
2013 Despina Olympiou Greek "An me thimasai" (Aν με θυμάσαι) Failed to qualify 15 11
2014 Did not participate
2015 Giannis Karagiannis English "One Thing I Should Have Done" 22 11 6 87
2016 Minus One English "Alter Ego" 21 96 8 164
2017 Hovig English "Gravity" 21 68 5 164
2018 Eleni Foureira English[b] "Fuego" 2 436 2 262
2019 Tamta English "Replay" 13 109 9 149
2020 Sandro "Running"


Marcel Bezençon AwardsEdit

Year Category Song Composer(s)
lyrics (l) / music (m)
Performer Final Points Host city Ref.
2004 Composer Award "Stronger Every Minute" Mike Konnaris (m & l) Lisa Andreas 5 170   Istanbul
2018 Artistic Award[c] "Fuego" Alex Papaconstantinou, Geraldo Sandell,
Viktor Svensson, Anderz Wrethov Didrick
Eleni Foureira 2 436   Lisbon

Related involvementEdit

Heads of delegationEdit

Year Head of delegation Ref.
2018 Evi Papamichael

Commentators and spokespersonsEdit

Year Commentator Radio commentator Spokesperson Ref.
1981 Fryni Papadopoulou Neophytos Taliotis Anna Partelidou
1984 Pavlos Pavlou
1985 Themis Themistokleous
1986 Neophytos Taliotis Pavlos Pavlou
1987 Fryni Papadopoulou
1988 Daphne Bokota (for ERT and RIK) No radio broadcast Did not participate
1989 Neophytos Taliotis Pavlos Pavlou Anna Partelidou
1991 Evi Papamichail
1995 Neophytos Taliotis Andreas Iakovidis
1996 Evi Papamichail Marios Skordis
1998 Marina Maleni
2000 Loukas Hamatsos
2001 No radio broadcast Did not participate
2002 Pavlos Pavlou Melani Steliou
2003 Loukas Hamatsos
2004 No radio broadcast
2005 Melani Steliou
2006 Constantinos Christoforou
2007 Vaso Komninou Giannis Haralambous
2008 Melina Karageorgiou Hristina Marouhou
2009 Nathan Morley Sophia Paraskeva
2010 Christina Metaxa
2011 No radio broadcast Loukas Hamatsos
2013 Melina Karageorgiou
2014 No radio broadcast Did not participate
2015 Melina Karageorgiou Loukas Hamatsos
2017 Tasos Tryfonos and Christiana Artemiou Tasos Tryfonos and Christiana Artemiou John Karayiannis
2018 Costas Constantinou and Vaso Komninou No radio broadcast Hovig
2019 Evridiki and Tasos Trifonos Unknown


All conductors are Cypriot except those with a flag.[13]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the Grand Final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.
  2. ^ Although the lyrics are in English, the Spanish title 'Fuego' (fire) is repeated throughout the song.
  3. ^ Voted by previous winners.


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  2. ^ "Cyprus to make Eurovision come back in 2015". 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  3. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (14 July 2014). "Cyprus: CyBC confirms participation in Eurovision 2015". ESCToday. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  4. ^ Xifaras, Billy (14 July 2014). "Cyprus confirms participation, takes cues from Melodifestivalen". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Marcel Bezençon Awards". Archived from the original on 16 July 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Here are the winners of the Marcel Bezençon Awards 2018!". 12 May 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  8. ^ "THE VOTING RESULTS OF THE 2ND SEASON OF DEPI EVRATESIL". 26 February 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  9. ^ Granger, Anthony (5 March 2018). "Cyprus: CyBC Reveals Commentary Team For Eurovision 2018". Archived from the original on 27 April 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  10. ^ Granger, Anthony (1 February 2018). "Cyprus: Hovig Announced as Eurovision 2018 Spokesperson". Archived from the original on 11 July 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  11. ^ Kostikas, Giannis (11 March 2019). "Κύπρος: H Ευρυδίκη κι ο Τάσος Τρύφωνος στον σχολιασμό της φετινής Eurovision!". (in Greek). Archived from the original on 29 March 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  12. ^ Granger, Anthony (18 May 2019). "Cyprus: Hovig To Reveal The Cypriot Juries Results". Archived from the original on 18 May 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  13. ^ "And the conductor is..." Retrieved 4 January 2020.

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