Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest

This article deals with the history of the Republic of Cyprus as a participant in the Euro Vision Song Contest.

Regularity of participation

Cyprus took the first time in 1981 and since then regularly at Euro Vision Song Contest three times, the country remained the competition away: 1988 turned out that the selected Cyprus song Thimame the singer Yiannis Dimitrou contrary to the rules already in 1984 had participated in the Cypriot preliminary decision, whereupon the TV station CyBC voluntarily withdrew the article. 2001 was allowed to be filed for bad previous placements no contribution.

For the Euro Vision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen Cyprus called off due to financial constraints.

Success in competition

The island nation was never been in the top four, but three times it reached the fifth place (1982, 1997 and 2004 ) and six more times finishing in the top ten. On the other hand Cyprus reached only once the last place (1986 ), but was still nine times under the last five. Total landed thirteen of the 31 posts, so almost 40 percent, in the front half of the table.


Official languages ​​of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish, with all contributions were presented in Greek in the years in which had to sing in a national language of each country. Even after the fall of the language rule in 1999, the contribution was sung at this year's Greek, in the following year in Greek and Italian. Then, the Cypriot contributions were mostly sung in English, only 2008, 2011 and 2013 was sung in Greek; 2005 was just the title bar Greek. 2007 Comme ci, comme ça been fully presented in French. Almost all sung in Greek in the original songs were recorded in English. Exceptions were the years 1981, 1986, 1994 and 2000. Other contributions were also in other languages ​​such as Italian (1993, 1995, 1996, 2000) and French ( 1992, 1994, 1996) recorded and released.

List of posts

Color legend: - Victories. - A tie to the last place. - Contributions finals.

National preliminary decisions

The first three posts were chosen internally by Cyprus before 1984 for the first time held a national preliminary round with four participants. In the following years was chosen internally again in 1990 again a preliminary round was televised. It was attended by ten artists, among whom a jury selected the winner. In the following years, eight singers participated ( only 1995 were seven it is because a contribution has been withdrawn ) and an audience jury of 24 members chose favorites, from 1995, a jury of experts was responsible. 1999 and 2000 was attended by more artists, but was elected to continue by jury. 2002 and 2003, fell back again to an internal selection, as well as 2005 and 2007 2004 a preliminary round held with ten participants. ; was chosen by jury and telephone voting. 2006 found before the finale instead of two semi-final rounds, each with ten participants, each of which contains the five most qualified. Was voted for the first time exclusively by telephone. 2007 was selected internally, then again found preliminary decisions with ten candidates instead, the modes varied. In 2008, the televoting had a majority that was 60%. 2009 was chosen entirely by telephone, 2010 - as in 2004 - chosen mixed. For 2011, it was decided for the talent show performance, and then chose the song for the winner internally. 2012, the singer was internal and the contribution of selected publicly in 2013 in the last participation both internally


  • Since the widespread introduction of televoting, 1998, Cyprus has always given 12 points to Greece and also get 12 points from Greece. 1998, Cyprus was with his twelve points, the only country that Greece gave points at all.
  • 2003 Cyprus has for the first time will award points to Turkey for the first time get points from Turkey in 2004.
  • 2014 is the first time since the introduction of the semifinals give no points for Greece from Cyprus, provided Greece qualified for the finals.