Yes, Cyprus has won the Eurovision Song Contest once in 2018 with the song “Fuego” performed by Eleni Foureira.
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Yes, Cyprus has won the Eurovision Song Contest once in 2018 with the song “Fuego” performed by Eleni Foureira. The fiery and impressive performance by Foureira captured the hearts of both the jury and the public, earning a total of 436 points. This victory marked Cyprus’ first-ever win in the competition, after participating since 1981.
According to the official Eurovision website, “Fuego” was described as a “sultry, vivacious and infectious song with an ethnic edge.” The song’s success was also due to its catchy beat and powerful vocals by Foureira.
Interestingly, Cyprus has also been the runner-up in the Eurovision Song Contest three times: in 1982, 1997, and 2018. In addition, the country has qualified for the Grand Final of the competition on many occasions.
As for how winning Eurovision impacted Cyprus, it was “a huge moment for the country,” as noted by the Prime Minister of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades. He added that “this victory is a testament to what Cyprus can do when it puts its mind to it and shows the world what it is capable of.”
To depict Cyprus’ participation in the Eurovision Song Contest as well as its results, a table has been created below:
|1982||Anna Vissi||“Mono i Agapi”||5th|
|1983||Stavros & Konstandina||“I Agapi Akoma Zi”||17th|
|1984||Andy Paul||“Anna Maria Lena”||15th|
|1985||Lia Vissi||“To Katalava Arga”||16th|
|1989||Fani Polymeri & Yiannis Savvidakis||“Apopse As Vrethoume”||11th|
|2020||Sandro||“Running”||Contest cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic|
|2021||Elena Tsagrinou||“El Diablo”||16th|
In conclusion, Cyprus has made its mark in the Eurovision Song Contest, not only by winning the competition but also by participating in it for many years and achieving notable results. It certainly takes a great effort and dedication to compete in this competition that brings together the most talented artists from all over Europe, and Cyprus has proven to be a fierce contender.
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Since their return in 2015 the country has only failed to qualify once, and even made their best result with Eleni Foureira coming second in 2018. As of 2023, Cyprus holds the record for the most times competing in the Eurovision Song Contest without a single win.
As of 2023, Cyprus holds the record for the most times competing in the Eurovision Song Contest without a single win.
As of 2019, Cyprus holds the record for the most times participating in the Eurovision Song Contest without winning.
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During this year’s competition, however, the Greek jury granted Cyprus only four points out of a possible twelve, much to the surprise of long-term fans of the song contest.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Czech Republic.
|Turin 2022||Andromache||Semi-Final 12th – 63 points|
|Rotterdam 2021||Elena Tsagrinou||Semi-Final 6th – 170 points|
|Tel Aviv 2019||Tamta||Semi-Final 9th – 149 points|