Live from Nicosia: Cyprus Decides 2015
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
NICOSIA, CYPRUS – Welcome to the national final of Cyprus. Through Eurovision Song Project, Cyprus will decide its participation for the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Six acts came to the final through a series of auditions and challenges and tonight we will find out the winner. Minus One and Panagiotis Koufogiannis are considered the top favourites but still everything is open.
Throughout last week the tele voting was open and tonight along with the jury we will find out the winner. Watch the show live here or here while we will bring you live report of the show. Tonight the show is hosted by Antri Karantoni while the jury made of Alex Panayi, Tasos Tryfonos, Elena Patroklou and Despina Olympiou will be enhanced with former French HoD, Mr. Bruno Berberes and Italian HoD Nicola Caligiore who spoke in fluent Greek!
Antri Karantoni opened the show performing a remix of “Rise like a phoenix” while Tasos Tryfonos is co hosting the show. During the jury presentation the Italian HoD spoke in fluent Greek! making the audience applauding. In the meantime Alex, Elena and Despoina go on stage and perform all together the 1987 Italian entry “Gente di mare” by Umberto Tozzi & Raf. In the audience, Cypriot national broadcaster has also invited the Austrian ambassador in the island. After a dreadful attempt with an “Austrian Heidi” but it seems the organisers didn’t know that “Heidi” was a Swiss novel and cartoon and not Austrian! Now time for the real business.
HOVIG – STONE IN A RIVER
A beautiful ballad by a Greek Armenian singer. Hovig is dressed in dark blue shirt, tie and trousers. Dark blues stage for him. When it comes to the vocal performance we give him immediately 12 points. He is perfect and he is amongst the favourites tonight. The song is definitely a safe ballad that can really approach the jury votes easily and not to mess with tele voting. It could be a good and safe choice for Cyprus. There is a bit of confusion on whether the dancers behind me are needed, still the jury give the best compliments to this performance.
DOODY – MAGIC
DoOdy is not alone on stage and performs his song along with a band. Sometimes you listen something unstable in his voice while performing but still you listen a voice that surely resembles to Constantinos Christoforou, with whom Doody are siblings. Overall the song is a safe mid tempo tune and DoOdy is feel ing quite comfortable. In the song bridge, all together come in the front of the stage and perform the R’n’B part of the song. He is just 20 years old and already he shines, well done DoOdy. The jury agrees with us that DoOdy is great on stage, has fresh image but he needs to improve his vocals. Read his interview to oikotimes.com.
PANAGIOTIS KOUFOGIANNIS – WITHOUT YOUR LOVE
Panagiotis is the favourite in most polls for Cyprus 2015 national final including ours. Recently we spoke to Panagiotis, the interview of which you can read here. He has an amazing ballad and an even greater vocal performance. His retro outfit with white suit jacket and black trousers make him an ultimate 30s hunk. This is a ballad the juries will surely vote in Vienna and the tele voters will not be able to ignore. He is surrounded by female string players and two female backing vocals. The jury praises his performance resembling it with that of Johnny Logan.
MINUS ONE – SHINE
Well Turkey might be out but for sure they have voted this song which definitely resembles with their 2010 and 2011 entries. Minus One is an extremely popular band in Cyprus and despite not topping the international polls we are sure that they will fight hard for the trophy and will not be a surprise seeing them in Vienna, mark my words. The rock ballad / mid tempo anthem song is working nicely for them although the lead singer Francois Micheletto (who speaks fluently French as he descents from France) needs to rest his voice! The jury praises them and Bruno Berberes says it clearly: He wants to see them in Vienna.
GIANNIS KARAGIANNIS – ONE THING I SHOULD HAVE DONE
This ballad is presented in retro mode as the broadcast turns into black and white. Great vocal performance and definitely another song that juries in Vienna will definitely not ignore. Giannis (aka John) is giving a great smooth and nerdy performance which cannot be ignored. The song reminds me a former Eurovision entry (Tom Dice, Me and my guitar) but it’s smooth and sae choice for Cyprus. The jury is stunned with the performance as every time small details make this song brat for them. Not a bad choice for Vienna I would say!
NEARCHOS & CARIS – DEILA DEN AGAPO
Charis is a former Junior Eurovision participant for Cyprus and now joined by Nearchos they performa Greek – French ballad. We give our sincere condolences to Nearchos for the loss of his grandfather this week and we hope tonight’s show to compensate them. Christern Björkman said in the Eurochallenge phase that Charis should know French since she performs a song in that language. It’s the only song performed even partially in Greek tonight. I think it’s the weakest entry tonight but still it’s decent and vocally both are performing perfectly. There is a dance act behind them with two pair of male and female dancers dancing under a white clothe.
so that’s it from the live report. we continue with the show and of course we are ready to inform you about the results.