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.
The European Broadcasting Union is the main governing body behind the organization of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, a competition which promotes respective member countries within the foray of music. This years' edition has been hounded by many as without a clear leader even though, one country seems to be on lips and minds of most of the fans. Nevertheless, a fan favourite in the form of Cyprus who have internally selected Ivi Adamou to carry the flag in Baku, Azerbaijan with the song La La Love might actually be facing some trouble due to the fact that the parliament is yet to formally announce the budget of the broadcaster and other sectors of the local industry.
It has now been confirmed that Ivi will not be present for the Eurovision In Concert set to take place in The Netherlands and the local media has also reported that the possibility of going to the Eurovision Song Contest is also problematic unless action is taken. The Cypriot Head of Delegation, Papamichael who was in the Jury during the 2012 Malta Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final stage went a step further by making an announcement on Facebook stating that she is afraid that CyBC will cancel our Eurovision entry. This would be quite unfortunate for a nation whose best placing at the Eurovision Song Contest was a fifth place back in 2004 when Lisa Andreas and her song Stronger Every Minute. We will be keeping you posted here on www.escflashmalta.com on all of the latest news.