Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest

Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
Member station CyBC
Appearances 29
First appearance 1981
Best result 5th: 1982, 1997, 2004
Worst result Last: 1986
External links
CyBC page
Cyprus's page at
Lisa Andreas at Istanbul (2004)
Evridiki at Helsinki (2007)
Evdokia Kadí at Belgrade (2008)
Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders at Oslo (2010)

Cyprus made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Cyprus' best result, fifth place, has been achieved on three occasions: in 1982 with Anna Vissi, 1997 with Hara & Andreas Constantinou, and 2004 with Lisa Andreas.


History of Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest

Since its first entry, Cyprus has participated every year except 1988 and 2001. 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.

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.


Cyprus is famous for always exchanging 12 points with Greece in the Semi Final and Final, though there have been exceptions. The last time Cyprus gave Greece less than 12 points was in 1996 (10 points), while the last time Greece gave Cyprus less than 12 points was in 1995 (8 points). Since the advent of televoting in 1998, the two countries have consistently given each other the maximum 12 points.

Cyprus and Turkey, another participant, never voted for each other until 2003, a taboo attributed to the ongoing Cyprus dispute. Turkey invaded in response to a Greek backed coup and occupied northern Cyprus in 1974, and still refuses to recognize the Republic of Cyprus, a full EU and EBU member.

Popularity of the Contest

Since its first entry in 1981, Cyprus has had a mixture of good and bad results. The best result achieved so far is a fifth place, reached by Anna Vissi in 1982, Hara and Andreas Constantinou in 1997 and Lisa Andreas in 2004. The lowest result was a last place in 1986, with the song "Tora Zo" sung by Elpida.

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 the last best result of the country in 2004, Cyprus's performance has dropped notably. From 2006 to 2009 and again in 2011, the country didn't manage to reach the final.

At the same time when Cyprus's 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 contest, which often results in young and somewhat unknown artists representing the country.


Year Artist Title Final Points Semi Points
1981 Island "Monika" ("Μόνικα") 6 69
1982 Anna Vissi "Mono I Agapi" ("Μόνο η αγάπη") 5 85
1983 Stavros & Constantina "I Agapi Akoma Zi" ("Η αγάπη ακόμα ζει") 16 26
1984 Andy Paul "Anna Maria Lena" ("Άννα Μαρία Λένα") 15 31
1985 Lia Vissi "To Katalava Arga" ("Το κατάλαβα αργά") 16 15
1986 Elpida "Tora Zo" ("Τώρα ζω") 20 4
1987 Alexia "Aspro Mavro" ("Άσπρο-μαύρο") 7 80
1989 Yiannis Savvidakis & Fani Polymeri "Apopse As Vrethume" ("Απόψε ας βρεθούμε") 11 51
1990 Haris Anastazio "Milas Poli" ("Μιλάς πολύ") 14 36
1991 Elena Patroklou "SOS" 9 60
1992 Evridiki "Teriazoume" ("Ταιριάζουμε") 11 57
1993 Kyriakos Zympoulakis
& Dimos Van Beke
"Mi Stamatas" ("Μη σταματάς") 19 17
1994 Evridiki "Ime Anthropos Ki Ego
("Είμαι άνθρωπος κι εγώ")
11 51
1995 Alex Panayi "Sti Fotia" ("Στη φωτιά") 9 79
1996 Constantinos "Mono Yia Mas" ("Μόνο για μας") 9 72
1997 Hara & Andreas Constantinou "Mana Mou" ("Μάνα μου") 5 98
1998 Michalis Hatzigiannis "Genesis" ("Γένεσις") 11 37
1999 Marlain "Tha 'Ne Erotas" ("Θα 'ναι έρωτας") 22 2
2000 Voice "Nomiza" ("Νόμιζα") 21 8
2002 One "Gimme" 6 85
2003 Stelios Constantas "Feeling Alive" 20 15
2004 Lisa Andreas "Stronger Every Minute" 5 170 5 149
2005 Constantinos Christoforou "Ela Ela (Come Baby)" ("Ελα Ελα") 18 46 X X
2006 Annette Artani "Why Angels Cry" X X 15 57
2007 Evridiki Theokleous "Comme ci, comme ça" X X 15 65
2008 Evdokia Kadí "Femme Fatale" X X 15 36
2009 Christina Metaxa "Firefly" X X 14 32
2010 Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders "Life Looks Better in Spring" 21 27 10 67
2011 Christos Mylordos[1] "San Aggelos S'agapisa"
("Σαν άγγελος σ'αγάπησα")
X X 18 16
2012 Ivi Adamou

Voting history (1981-2011)

Cyprus has given the most points to...

Rank Country Points
1  Greece 268
2  Spain 106
3  Ireland 90
4  United Kingdom 80
5  France 72

Cyprus has received the most points from...

Rank Country Points
1  Greece 193
2  United Kingdom 71
3  Malta 61
4  Finland 55
=  Denmark 55
5  Yugoslavia 52

NOTE: The totals in the above tables include only points awarded in Eurovision finals, and not the semi-finals since 2004.

Since introducing the semi-finals in 2004

Cyprus has given the most points to...

Rank Country Points
1  Greece 96
2  Bulgaria 53
3  Romania 51
4  Armenia 46
5  Ukraine 39
6  Russia 33
7  Azerbaijan 28
8  Georgia 26
9  Denmark 23
10  Belarus 22
 Moldova 22

Cyprus has received the most points from...

Rank Country Points
1  Greece 72
2  United Kingdom 46
3  Bulgaria 32
4  Malta 23
5  Monaco 22
6  Romania 21
 Albania 21
7  Ukraine 20
 Denmark 20

NOTE: The tables with points from 2004 include points awarded in both finals and semi-finals where the highest point from the final/semi-final is picked.


Year(s) Commentators
1981-1983 Fryni Papadopoulou
1984 Pavlos Pavlou
1985 Themis Themistokleous
1986 Neophytos Taliotis
1987 Fryni Papadopoulou
1989-1990 Neophytos Taliotis
1991-1994 Evi Papamichail
1995 Neophytos Taliotis
1996-2006 Evi Papamichail
2007 Vaso Komninou
2008-current Melina Karageorgiou


  1. ^ Floras, Stella (10 September 2010). "Christos Mylordos to Eurovision 2011". ESCToday. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 

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