Cyprus 2015: Bruno joins Christer & Dimitris
NICOSIA, CYPRUS – Cyprus national broadcaster keeps expanding the guest juries for the preliminary rounds of the national selection marathon. Besides Christer Björkman, Dimitris Kontopoulos and the regular jury made by Alex Panayi, Elena Patroklou, Despina Olympiou and Tasos Tryfonos, the former French HoD is joining the team: Bruno Berberes in now onboard but only for the grand final!
Now, as of December 7th we will watch the pre-recorded audition shows which will include the description of the singer and an a-capella performance of a Eurovision entry. In the meantime family and friends will comment the performance of the artist. Then the performer will sing live his Eurovision bid to the jury members and those collecting three positive opinions (since the jury members are four) will proceed to the next phase.
From the 60 entries in the auditions phase we move to the Eurochallenge phase. Twenty acts from the first phase will proceed to this phase. Twenty of them will go through. There will be stage performance but only for 60-90 seconds and the jury will call two acts to announce the one qualifier from the ten pairs of the show.
In the third phase the 10 entries will follow the same recipe as in the past two phases and the qualifiers will perform any Eurovision song accompanied by a piano. Journalists will ask questions to the qualifiers and the jury will proceed to the grand final which is set for February 1st. The outcome will be decided by jury (50%) and tele voting (50%)
DID YOU KNOW?
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 & 2013, 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. (source: wikipedia.org)