CYPRUS 🇨🇾 Eleni Foureira received a warm welcome in Cyprus on Saturday morning. CyBC congratulated Eleni and Alex P. (composer of the song) for their success in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Later that evening Eleni Foureira attended and Cyprus Gay Pride.
Today President Nikos Anastasiadis welcomed to the presidential premises Eleni and Alex honouring and congratulating them for making this great effort for Cyprus, bringing the best ever result for the island in the Eurovision Song Contest history.
Eleni said that this invitation is very beautiful and must be modest. I will not sing Fuego inside the Presidential House.
Eleni is now kicking off her summer tour all over Eurovision. She will attend the Barcelona and Madrid Pride, two events in Ibiza, a concert in Northern Greece, the MAD VMA 2018, Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands and London.
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THE NETHERLANDS – One of the top YouTubers, Nikkie Tutorrials who has collaborated with Kim Kardashian, Jessie J and others, is now openly supporting Eleni Foureira.
With more than 10 million followers here opinion makes an impact and through Instagram Nikkie went crazy when she saw Eleni in the first semi final.
Nikkie contacted Eleni and arranged an online meeting in which Nikkie asked here about the song but also about her beauty tips.
In the meantime the Spanish version fo Fuego has been released.
Last night during the second semi final Eleni was commentating the show alongside BBC’s Scott Mills.
CYPRUS – Despite thee availability of Nicosia’s Freedom Arena – Tasos Papadopoulos (capacity 6,000 auditors), CyBC Director General seems to have declared that with today’s estimation, Palais des sports – Spiros Kiprianou or internationally known as Lemesos’ Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Centre (capacity of 6,255 auditors) will host the event in case Cyprus wins on Saturday.
Palais des sports – Spiros Kiprianou, is not unknown to the Eurovision world as it hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest back in 200 in a quite successful JESC edition back then.
The Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Center, also known as Palais des sports, is the biggest and the most imposing multi dynamic indoor athletic arena in Cyprus. It is named after the late president of Cyprus Spyros Kyprianou.
This project was conducted by the Cyprus Sports Organisation and was constructed north of the city of Limassol near Kato Polemidia and by the side of Limassol – Troodos road. Construction of the project began in late 2002 and was completed at the end of 2005 at a total cost of approximately CY£8.5 million.
The centre already hosted major sports events like the FIBA Europe all-star game in 2006 and 2007. It also played host to the Cyprus Rally headquarters in 2005 and 2006. The arena itself hosted the media and rally organisers while the parking lot was the area for the competing WRC teams.
The arena hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008. The shuttle of the centre can host more than 6,255 spectators and at least 42 wheelchair spots. Moreover, the centre is used especially for the sport events of local schools in Limassol greater area.
CYPRUS – Speaking to ANT1 Cyprus Television, CyBC General Director Mr Michalis Maratheftis said that we should all remain realistic and calm. Answering the question whether Cyprus is ready to host Eurovision 2019, he said: “If it comes, we will welcome it”.
“The most important thing for Cyprus is that is in the international spotlight with press area journalists two exceed the number of 2,000. Extensive coverage for the nice representation of our country which honours us is why we participate in this contest, a contest aired in Europe, Asia and Australia. I think that these are benefits for having a good participation in Eurovision and we are happy for it”.
Mr Michalis Maratheftis has been working on the project since August 2nd and declared that predictions is not his favourite thing as they just monitoring them but they are aware that on Friday night the juries will cast half of the voting results. Above all he wants Cyprus to be proud of their representation.
Regarinf the song he praised Eleni Foureira as one of the most disciplined and courageous singers he met, Alex Papaconstantinou and his composing team, the Swedish choreographer, Sacha Jean-Baptiste.
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He also believes that with Foureira been an approachable person makes the international press and the fans love her even more. He praises her smile, hard work and dedication. He ended up the interview saying that all Cypriots should send their positive energy.
On the mainland Greece things are not different. Media but also general sentiment is that on Saturday night Eleni Foureira will also represent Greece, since she is one of the most popular pop and fashion icons in the country the last ten year. Eleni, despite the bullying she received by (thankfully) few media about her descent is the Greek sweetheart and Greek Beyoncé at the same time.
That’s what also the international press report as well as mentioned in prestigious press like Independent UK, CNN International, New York Times and Euronews. It is widely believed that Cyprus should be ready to win on Saturday night.
In the meantime polls and beets predict Cyprus to win with improved odds and outright while Israel, although a hot favourite for months looses a lot of popularity with betting odds plundering it to 4th place for the trophy while Cyrus odds improve. Norway remains the big contestant for Eleni with Estonia and France inn the corner ready to get the trophy as well.
What a less for Greek national broadcaster, ERT who rejected Eleni Foureira already 4 times for Eurovision. This is why the phrase “everything happens for a reason” is so wise!
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CYPRUS – For the first time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, Cyprus features 2nd favourite to win Eurovision Song Contest 2018 according to the bookies. We all know that booking odds cans rubble as they are based on money bets and impressions from press, social media and YouTube but it’s fair to say that Eleni slay every time she gets on stage, something that happened in the Jury Rehearsal.
UPDATE: In the morning we all saw the betting oddities and were shocked that Cyprus overthrown Israel from the title of the favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 as well as the first semi final. This is the outcome of the Jury Rehearsal in which everyone admitted in Lisbon that Eleni left everyone stunned!
Jury Rehearsal performance went exquisite and the audience went frantic with Eleni during the entire performance getting one fo the biggest applause of the evening. Cyprus started extremely low in thee betting odds when thee song appeared online but we all knew that it was all about the live presentation no matter whether wee like the song or not. It is clear that Eleni herself takes the entire song on her and becomes a true Queen on stage.
Cypriot fans are already crazy with how things are turning and they are preparing for a possible victory. It is yet unknown whether EBU approached CyBC for a sounding discussion over a potential victory as they did with NRK. Cyprus broadcaster of course seems to be extremely happy with how things turn so far and they all deserve congratulations for trusting Alex P. and Eleni Foureira while Panik Records made sure Eleni was treated in the best possible way to work her stage performance adequately.
NORWAY – Rybak seems to have realised what you need to win Eurovision again and take the fame of the modern Johnny Logan. He is back with his violin but with something totally different than his 2009 entry. The song is not the best tune of the contest this year but it has the disco element and the underdog brainwash gimmick which can make you vote for it without you actually realise it. Alexander wearing an electric blue jacket, black button up shirt and black trousers, however halfway he removes the jacket and gives a professional performance despite the initial sound problems – after all it’s a rehearsal! I think this entry might surprise us all and if you close your eyes you can easily see it closing thee show of the Grand Final with the closing tittles scrolling in the end of the show. Somehow he might bring the trophy back to the s0-much-expensive, Norway
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ESCKAZ.COM: Betting markets have Alexander Rybak second favourite for the win. To me the package looks more competitive in the context of junior eurovision.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: Vocally, and despite the in ear issues, he is very solid, and I’m thinking this is the song to beat in this Semi Final, despite being drawn 1st.
ESCXTRA.COM: You already know that Alexander Rybak has delivered an extremely competent and composed vocal performance! Nothing unexpected here!
EUROVOIX.COM: He does seem to be struggling in the chorus and relying on the backing singers quite a bit. The lighting does work well for the performance and give a nice relaxing opening.
CYPRUS – It is clear that Eleni is the only participant this year doing so much dancing and singing at the same time. She is simply excellent. The performance begins with Eleni in front of a blue tunnel effect that is created by lasers. This effect changes to red for the first verse, in which she is joined by her four backing dancers. No other entry this year performs choreography to this advanced level, and the effect of Eleni and her backing dancers performing this in sync is mesmerising. The betting odds predict Cyprus 3rd to qualify in the first semi final and also 7th to even win the Eurovision Song Contest. Amazing! Eurofans dream comes true!
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ESCKAZ.COM: I like that there are not any props in use, apart from the visual ones where we have the fire circle that cannot be seen on stage.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: The only downside I have with this is the imagery on screen – there’s animated red flames, which look really cheesy and cheap. Otherwise this is one of the strongest Cypriot entries in years and will sail through to the final in its current format.
ESCXTRA.COM: There’s is no other artist this year doing so much dancing and singing at the same time, but Eleni manages to keep the vocals solid for the majority of the performance while putting so much energy into her moves. It’s all very impressive. The backing vocalists give Eleni the support she needs and Fuego comes across competently as a vocal package.
EUROVOIX.COM: The opening is phenomenal and memorable. The on-screen graphics are quite mixed.