Cyprus: Participation in Doubt for 2013Written by Marc Calleja Bayliss
One of the nations to have faced financial trouble heading into the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was definitely Cyprus despite the fact that costs had been minimized following the internal selection of the artist; Ivi Adamou and then the low profile national selection to pick the song that she ultimately performed in Baku, Azerbaijan being none other than La La Love. For the second time in three years, the small Mediterranean country found themselves in the final of the prestigious music event and also achieved their best result since Lisa Andreas had done the honour way back in 2004 with the track Stronger Every Minute. It seems though that the government is not impressed with the overall results of the past couple of years and thus might withdraw their backing.
The participation of Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest is generally funded by the state due to the fact that the broadcaster, CyBC is run by the government and thus a budget has to be approved each and every year as noted this year. Sony Music Greece were standing by to support Ivi Adamou and her song this year should have it been needed but the budget was approved and the funds were spent correctly. Nevertheless, it seems that despite the moderate success of making it to the final twice in the past three years, conviction has not been key for the elected members of the people. The viewing figures in the country have always been extremely high as the people enjoy watching the event and graciously support their artist and one has to note that for the first time in a very long time, Cyprus did even better than their neighbours Greece by virtue of finishing in sixteenth place. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we continue to follow this saga.