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CyBC, the public broadcaster responsible for the participation of Cyprus in events organised by the European Broadcasting Union is expected to confirm the selection method for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, in which the island is making it's return.

A collaboration between CyBC and MAD TV Cyprus will be initiated, in a bit to bolster the standing in terms of song and production quality. Whilst the two broadcasters will be working hand-in-hand, a similar tandem to the one used by Greece, record labels will not be involved according to insiders. Very little has been revealed as of yet but we understand that the competition is open to international songwriters but at least one of them must be Cypriot. 

The aim is simple, Cyprus would love to win the Eurovision Song Contest or at least come close to achieving the success achieved back in 2004 with "Stronger Every Minute" performed by the one and only Lisa Andreas. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter as a successor to Despina Olympiou will be selected through a high profile public selection.

Source: Oikotimes


CyBC, the public broadcaster responsible for the participation of Cyprus in events organised by the European Broadcasting Union is proud to confirm it's return to both the senior and the junior editions of the Eurovision Song Contest following some time off due to financial constraints which hit most of the European broadcasters in the past couple of years.

It is worth keeping in mind that the Mediterranean Island has not troubled the leader board in any of the two events yet achieving a top five placing recorded in the senior edition on no less than three occasions, the most recent being back in 2004 with Lisa Andreas and her stunning performance of "Stronger Every Minute". Rumour has it that Cyprus and CyBC are in talks with a renowned artist with strong connections to the Eurovision Song Contest and who is currently running a top-tier vocal academy in the small participating nation. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Oikotimes, CyBC


CyBC, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest announced their withdrawal from the event taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark following a lack of funds but it seems that their position is being re-thought following a sponsorship offer made by private broadcaster, Sigma Television. The Deputy Chief of the broadcaster, Dimitri Tokaris is quoted as saying 'we are willing to produce the national selection and the nececcary expenses for the song and the artist like MAD Television did for Greece last year ... it's never too late for CyBC to change their minds, there's still time'.

Despina Olympiou was internally selected to represent the Mediterranean Island at last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with her entry An Me Thimase backed by Universal Music Greece. There were a couple of financial complications in the lead up to the event but the major record label did not intend for their artist to be embarassed and thus stepped into help. Unfortunately, the track did not fair so well finishing in the penultimate slot within the semi-final. It is important to denote that whilst the country has never won the Eurovision Song Contest, they have managed to finish at a peak position of number five (5) on three occasions, the last of which being back in 2004 when Lisa Andreas and her song Stronger Every Minute was rumoured to have won the secret jury vote. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Showtime-cy.blogspot.com


Thursday, 03 October 2013 11:35

Cyprus: CyBC Missing Out on Eurovision in 2014

Cyprus, following in the footsteps of Croatia has decided against participating in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The reason is relatively simple, and was echoed at one point last year when Universal Music Greece had to interfere and safeguard the interests of Despina Olympiou who had been internally selected to represent the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus with the track, An Me Thimase. Unfortunately, despite an impeccable performance, the song did not manage to get through to the final and that could have also been another reason behind the withdrawal.

escflashmalta.com has the pleasure of speaking to Evi Papamichael, the Head of Delegation last month who stated that no decision had been taken but nevertheless, it was an eventuality which the country had to face sometime or other due to the severe economic crisis. CyBC, the national broadcaster in Cyprus, responsible for the participation for the Eurovision Song Contest have cut down their budget substantially and this event is not the only one which has been cut down from the schedule. This marks the third time that Cyprus is absent from the international spectacle, having also missed the editions of 1988 and 2001 respectively. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: CyBC


CyBC, the national broadcaster responsible for the participation of Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest is yet to make a formal decision with regards to whether they will be present in Copenhagen, Denmark. Earlier this year, the Mediterranean Nation was represented by Despina Olympiou and her song An Me Thimasai which unfortunately failed to make an impact and languished in fifteenth (15th) place with just eleven (11) points in total. This could be very much one of the reasons why the nation might opt out of the competition at least for a year but nothing is certain at this stage.

escflashmalta.com had the pleasure of speaking to Evi Papamichael, the Head of Delegation for Cyprus in recent editions of the Eurovision Song Contest who stated that 'no official decision has been taken yet' opting not to answer on whether CyBC is leaning more towards a yes or a no. Cyprus is one of the countries to compete at the annual competition which is yet to record a victory with the best results obtained being a fifth place on three occasions; in 1982 with Anna Vissi and her song Mono I Agapi, in 1997 with Hara and Andreas Constantinou with the track Mana Mou and the most recent one being in 2005 when Lisa Andreas took to the stage with the melodic Stronger Every Minute. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: escflashmalta.com


A set of professional individuals in the music industry were enlisted by escflashmalta.com to assess each of the competing entries in this years' Eurovision Song Contest in both an individual and collective manner apart from passing general comments from their point of view. All of the information is obtained from the official website of the international spectacle and indeed, pertaining to the running order as decided by the producers, Cyprus will be performing in slot number fourteen (14) from the sixteen (16) entries which will be competing during the first semi-final. CyBC, the broadcaster resposible for the participation of Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song An Me Thimase composed by Andreas Giorgallis to the lyrics of Zenon Zindillis with vocals provided by Despina Olympiou.

Despina Olympiou was born and raised in Limassol in Cyprus. However she studied in London where she obtained her degree in piano and music theory. Olympiou started singing professionally in 1992 and she collaborated on stage, with great Greek performers such as Charis Alexiou, Giorgos Dalaras, Mimis Plessas, Marios Tokas, Glykeria, Demetris Mitropanos and Michalis Hadjiyiannis. Her debut album was released in 2000 entitled Ton Mation Sou I Kalimera (The good morning of your eyes). Her single Vale Mousiki (Put some music on) was released in 2003 and it was certified platinum. Her second album entitled Ehoume Logo (We have a reason) was released in 2004, and her third album entitled Afto Einai Agape (This is love) was released in 2005. Her single Pes To Dynata (Say it loud) which was a great success was released in 2007 and there followed her fourth album entitled Mazi Horista (Separated together) which was certified gold. 

Her album Mia Stigmi (One moment) was released at the end of 2009 with eleven songs, the music which was composed by Michalis Hadjiyiannis. She went on tours in collaboration with top singers in the United States, Australia and Europe, singing in famous theatres and concert halls. This year, she will participate in the Eurovision Song contest representing her country with the song An Me Thimáse (If you remember me). Andreas Giorgallis studied music and sound engineering in London. His career begun in 1988, as a producer and sound engineer. In 1996, Giorgallis was the composer of the song Mono Gia Mas (Only for us) performed by Constantinos Christoforou, with which Cyprus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest. Zenon Zintillis was born in Nicosia and studied and worked in the United Kingdom His song represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Context in 1998 in Birmingham as a lyricist with the song Genesis performed by Michalis Hadjiyiannis.


In recent years, internal methods of selection have become increasingly popular for the simple reason that less funds are spent, especially in the midst of an economic crisis. Thanks to a series of private sponsors, Cyprus was one of the nations to ensure their participation in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Ultimately, they selected Despina Olympiou who is a star in both Cyprus and the neighbouring country of Greece with their music industry somewhat in unison. She will be following in the footsteps of Ivi Adamou who was also chosen internally but had a song selection, one which was not really required with both the public and the jury agreeing that La La Love was the way to go. The choice was extremely well respected even in foreign waters because not only did it manage to make it through to the final but also surpassed Greece. Commercial success was also achieved in Scandinavia. 

Cyprus is one of the countries which is yet to succeed in the Eurovision Song Contest noting that despite thirty (30) participations, their best result has only been a fifth place finish. The first time that this happened was back in 1982 when Anna Vissi performed the song Mono I Agapi but it would only be followed fifteen years later when Hara & Andreas Constantinou took to the stage with their rendition of Mana Mou. It also happened once during recent times with Lisa Andreas and her entry Stronger Every Minute did the same honour in 2004. Since the semi-final system was inaugurated, the country has failed to deliver positive results on a consistent basis but nevertheless, one has to point out that in the past three years, there have been two qualifications, followed by mediocre results in the final. Despina Olympiou will be hoping to follow this successful feat as she performs her entry in Sweden to millions of fans all over the world.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 43%

Magnus Kaxe: I love the acapella intro which is unusual for Eurovision. Unfortunately the song develops into a rather boring song. Please skip that horrible drum loop from the second verse and on-wards. Overall the production sounds cheap and not well worked-through. If it hadn't been for the acapella intro this song would only get 1 point from me.

Lina Eriksson: Extra points for singing in greek, and it goes well with the song. But still the song itself doesn't appeal to me. It feels like I've heard it a thousand times before and I wasn't too impressed the first thousand times either. Good singer, good voice. Production out of date.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): I like this one, its sweet and simple, its a ballad, but this has that new vibe in it, so it doesn't sound dated. I wish i knew what she was saying, but the strings in the production are beautiful, and yet again a key change, which i seem to dislike so much.

Source: eurovision.tv


Published in Editorials

 A number of interviews with artists competing in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest are currently being set up by the editorial board noting that we already had the pleasure of speaking to Robin Stjernberg courtesy of Lionheart Music Group. He was still competing in the Melodifestivalen at the time but nevertheless, You ended up making it through to the second chance, and then also the final where it topped the international jury vote and came second with the public. In the meantime, our second interview in the build up towards the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden is with Despina Olympiou who will be representing Cyprus with An Me Thimascomposed by Andreas Giorgalli to the lyrics of Zenon Zindillis.

Cyprus will be participating in this years’ Eurovision Song Contest for the thirty-first time and unfortunately, there has not been a victory despite a number of positive showings with the best results being obtained in 1982 with the track Mono I Agapi performed by Anna Vissi, in 1997 when Hara & Andreas Constantinou sand the song Mana Mou and in 2004 with Lisa Andreas who sang her heart out during her rendition of Stronger Every Minute. All of the aforementioned were fifth place finishes. Why hasn’t Cyprus reached the top three or rather won according to your opinion and how will you try to change that?

Many may be the reasons why Cyprus’ has not achieved one of the first three places. The thing I care about most, is singing for you and reaching out to you with the only way I know. My song is the means and my purpose is not to change anything but keep participating in such a beautiful music event as Eurovision is, with honesty and love.

The track that you will be performing at this years’ edition of the international showcase entitled An Me Thimase is an emotional ballad which translates into If You Remember Me and it is composed by Andreas Giogallis and penned by Zenon Zindillis. Both of your songwriters have previous experience at the competition and not only that but they have managed to reach the top ten as well, in 1996 with Mono Yia Mas performed by Constantinos and in 1998 with Genesis sung by the extremely popular Michalis Hatzigiannis. What advice have they passed on and why did you select this particular song?

They both have faith in me and this is something that makes me content as a professional singer but as a person as well. The suggestion for my participation in this contest made earlier this year, came from their own initiative. My decision to represent my country was positive because I believe in the song and everything that it represents. With my experience on stage and their experience off stage, I believe that we make a good team.


You first entered the music scene back in 1992, which just also happens to be the year in which I was born but nevertheless, your solo debut album came out eight years later in 2000 and bore the name Ton Mation sou i Kalimera. The music was well appreciated and as a matter of fact, you moved to Universal Music Greece, which is still your record label to this day. With this company you have recorded five more albums including Vale Mousiki, Exoume Logo, Auto ine Agapi, Pes to Dinata and Mia Stigni. Does each studio album represent you at that particular point in time and what lies ahead in your future as a vocal artist?

I am very pleased with my career so far and each and every album I have released till now, represents a little piece of my soul , my being, and who I am. I feel that I still have a long way to go and a lot to discover. Music helps me look into my self, helps me express my needs, my concerns and share my feelings. Music is my comfort. I feel blessed for having a profession that makes me feel this way. Till now I had a contract with Universal, but from now on I am free to decide how and with whom I want to work with. My song An me thimase will be released by Sony Music. I already have a new album ready to be released and will do so soon.

Malta is competing in the second semi-final as opposed to Cyprus which is competing in the first semi-final yet nevertheless, could potentially faceoff each other within the final stage. Have you heard the song Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat with vocals provided by Gianluca and if so, what were your thoughts about it?

I heard all of the songs and I really liked yours! I find it very refreshing in its concept. It’s a smart and fresh music production. I believe in simple things which are made with love and respect.


Last year, Cyprus managed to make it through to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest having earned a lot of exposure in the lead up to the competition because the entry La La Love was being played in clubs all over the continent and ultimately this saw to the success of the track by Ivi Adamou in the Scandinavian charts. An Me Thimase is a considerably different track and therefore the performance has to be appropriately planned before hand. What do you have in store for the public at home when it comes to the live performance on the night of the semi-final?

Surely it’s a totally different song from La La Love. We intent to present it as best possible according to it’s music context. My appearance on stage will match what my song represents, the rest is mr Klitos κlitou job, who is the director of CYBC and have trust in him.

The music video for An Me Thimase was one of the first to be officially presented to the international media and it seems that one could honestly sit back and enjoy the sights. Preview videos have become essential means of promotion over the years but nevertheless, some of the so-called favourites including Denmark and Norway have decided to go for the performance of their national selections rather than recording another clip. What was the aim behind the music video from your end and do you believe that it is important to have such a tool at your disposal?

I am in favour of the live presentation on stage, which is what Denmark and Norway presented in their video clips . My produsers as well as CYBC, desided that is best we proceed in filming a video clip, for a better way to promote the song. You enjoyed the sights as you said and that’s nice to know. We hope you enjoy the song as well when i will be on stage in Malmo, and I hope to take you with me on a trip into the colours of Cyprus for those three minutes.


Greece and Cyprus share a strong bond especially when it comes to ethnicity and as a matter of fact, your entry will be performed in predominant Greek. Last year, Cyprus managed to do better than Greece in the final standings for the first time in years, albeit by a couple of points. This year, Greece are sending a band in the form of Koza Mostra with the addition of Agathon Iakovidis with the song Alcohol Is Free having won a national final which included four entries and which you witnessed having been invited as a special guest. What were your thoughts on the show in general and what is your opinion on the winning track?

Yes, indeed we have a strong bond something that you all realised from the points we give to each other every year. I was invited to the Greeks finals in which I performed as well. It was a very lively show, with many guests and past Eurovision winners. People were there to applaud and support the music. As for the Greek song it appears to be differed from the rest, it combines the old with the new element in Greek music and in lyrics as well as their characteristic presentation.

Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers at escflashmalta.com?

First of all I would like to thank you for the interview and your support. I wish good luck to all the contestants but most of all I wish for everyone to enjoy the chance of coming together in one place at one time and singing as one. I am glad to see how many people love music, which is the reason we meet and we share our songs. After all memories and strong emotions are all we really possess.


Published in Interviews

CyBC, the national broadcaster in Cyprus, also responsible for the participation of the Mediterranean country in the Eurovision Song Contest has seemingly been placed in a difficult situation pertaining to the economic state of the nation at this moment according to several critics. Nevertheless, the rumours of a withdrawal from this years' edition taking place in Sweden following the victory of Loreen with the track Euphoria were officially dismissed soon after they emerged. In thirty (30) participations, Cyprus has managed to contest the final on twenty-five (25) occasions, which is definitely a fair statistic.

CyBC announced earlier this year, that for the second consecutive time, their selection would be internal and indeed, it was revealed that Despina Olympiou would be representing her country with the track An Me Thimase composed by Andreas Giorgalli and penned by Zenon Zindillis. It will be be performed in the second half of the first semi-final. The song is a beautifully sounding Greek ballad which has been kept in it's original form for the simple reason that the lyrics are pretty much impossible to translate. Whilst the betting odds are somewhat unfavourable, people are getting the feel that with the correct staging and draw, this could be a dark horse and qualify. This would be the first back to back qualification for the nation who managed to make the final last year with the track La La Love performed by Ivi Adamou, even performing better than Greece for the first time in years. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: CyBC, Showtime


Thursday, 07 February 2013 16:24

Eurovision 2013: Three Revelations in Two Weeks

The 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in Malmö, Sweden which people will surely remember as last having been the host back in 1992, seeing to the victory of Linda Martin with the track Why Me? written by Johnny Logan for Ireland. At this point in time, entries have been selected and publicly presented by Albania, Ukraine, Malta, Iceland, Switzerland, Lithuania, and Belarus although, final versions will be expected in due course. On the other hand, earlier today, three broadcasters confirmed that they will be unveiling their entries for the showcase within the next couple of days with a presentation show each.

CyBC for Cyprus and RTVSLO for Slovenia have decided to unveil their entries on Valentine's Day, meaning that it would be on the same night that Germany will be selecting their entry through a three way voting procedure featuring a professional jury, a radio jury and a public vote. Cyprus will be represented by Despina Olympiou with a ballad performed in Greek co-written between Zenon Zintillis and Andreas Georgallis. The show starting at 15:00 CET is entitled Mazi and will be broadcast online. Slovenia will be represented by Hannah Mancini who hails from the United States but has been residing in the Balkan nation for the past six years. 

In FYR Macedonia, more details have been revealed at this point in time with the performers being Vlatko Lozanoski and Esma and the track bearing the name Opsesija (Obsession). The presentation show has been setup for the 27th February during a special show which will be airing on both MKRTV 1 and MKRTV Sat. FYR Macedonia will be the only nation out of the three competing alongside Malta in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, also within the same section of the second semi-final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.



Wednesday, 16 January 2013 18:15

Cyprus: Valando Tryfonos Internally Chosen?

CyBC, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest have seemingly made their internal decision with regards to the artist who will be doing the honour on their behalf at the international showcase with Valando Tryfonos rumoured to be their thirty-first representative and following the success achieved by Ivi Adamou and her entry La La Love last year which not only saw to their qualification into the final and finishing just ahead of neighbouring country Greece but also saw charting success in Sweden. Valando Tryfonos might have been the choice that several people were expected having tried to go to the event for both Cyprus and Greece in the past by taking part in their national selections in 2006 and 2011 respectively with the tracks After You and The Time Is Now.

CyBC will be making an official announcement on Friday with regards to the representative choice but nevertheless, media reports are seemingly publishing that the track she will be represented Cyprus with at the Eurovision Song Contest will eventually be written by Michalis Hatzigiannis who built his singer/songwriter credibility following his participation in 1998 with the song Genesis which had ranked in eleventh place. It is highly expected that the track in itself will be ballad due to the versatile vocals that Valanto had been known to provide. This is the second consecutive year that a major record label is supporting the Cypriot entry at the Eurovision Song Contest with Universal Music Greece taking over from where Sony Music Greece left off last year. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news from the Mediterranean Island of Cyprus.

Source: CyBC, Oikotimes


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