Cyprus 2018 🇨🇾 International career plans paused for Eleni?
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
CYPRUS – The triumph of Eleni Foureira in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest was justified for two reasons: Not only she brought the best ever position in the Eurovision scoreboard for the island of Aphrodite, but also slammed ERT’s choice to deny her four times a participation for Greece.
Immediately when the contest was over we all noticed that she and her record label started to book events throughout Europe (mostly Gay Prides though) and after signing a deal with Sony International through Poland for the distribution of the song “Fuego”, we all speculated that Eleni is walking on the isle of an international career attempt.
It was phenomenal that Eleni had much more booking requests than the actual Eurovision winner and indeed new bookings are emerging as Eleni and here team announced last night that the Athens concert on. July 3rd is cancelled. The reason is the huge demand from Oslo for a concert in the Norwegian capital on that day.
It seems that the dream to go big in Europe (at least) will be over by early September. Eleni seems to have signed a contract to start the usual live appearances in Athens alongside one of the top names in the Greek music industry, Konstantinos Argiros. This means that Eleni will not headline the series of the live shows although she is somehow considered A-List artist nowadays.
She is also tipped to have signed a TV contract as she will participate in a talent show jury just like she did last season.
It was the same mistake that actually Helena Paparizou did back in 2005 when she decided to start live appearances in the autumn – winter season after winning the Eurovision Song Contest instead of going to Sweden and explore new horizons in her career. And imagine that Helena had a good business base in Sweden to kick off well. Mistake or simply realisation that there is no demand, Eleni remains Greece’s sweetheart.
Greek media though report a recent incident prior to MAD Video Music Awards 2018. She was suppose to perform in duet with the actor Panos Vlachos but her turned hr down few days before the show, saying (according to rumours) that Eleni is not his style. Eleni got furious and in no time she and her team agreed with band 719 and Chris Zotos, to perform together. The performance will eb aired (as well as the full show) via ALPHA TV – www.alphatv.gr one July 8th at 20:40 CET.