GREECE – Speaking to Down Town Magazine, 2005 Eurovision winner, Helena Paparizou, responded to the question why she rejected “Fuego”, originally proposed to her before it was proposed to Tamta and then to Eleni Foureira.
“I wanna make clear that I loved the song and it came as a proposal from a dear friend of mine, Alex P. But it wasn’t the right timing for me to go back to Eurovision. It’s so simple”, says Helena.
The national broadcaster CyBC announced in September 2017 that they would collaborate with the Greek Swedish composer Alex Papaconstantinou for the composition of the Cypriot entry. The artist will be chosen through a national talent show. Both the song and the artist will be revealed in January 2018.
In 15 September 2017, CyBC showed a televised trailer in order to find the artists that are to participate in the Cypriot final.
In January 2018, rumours arose that CyBC had asked numerous artists including Helena Paparizou and Tamta to present them in the contest. Soon afterwards, it was revealed that the artist would be announced “in a few days”.
In January 2018 it was announced that Eleni Foureira had reportedly accepted CyBC’s offer and therefore will represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song “Fuego”, written by Alex P, after being rejected by the Greek broadcaster ERT.