Best of the Bunch: The Trials – Cyprus

Through our Best of the Bunch series, we gave a recap on the Eurovision entries from 2006 to 2015 and gave you the opportunity to choose your Best of the Bunch. As you may remember, the current Best of the Bunch winners were put into our ‘Ultimate Eurovision’ but it’s time to see which of the latest three entries have remained as your favourites! In our Best of the Bunch: The Trials series, we are going to recap the entries from a certain nation starting with 2016 and continuing through to the latest Eurovision season of 2018. Your job is to simply enjoy the music, and vote for your Best of the Bunch winner!

Today we will be looking at the latest three entries from Cyprus! The nation has had a mixed history at Eurovision, but overall, finishing mid-table is fairly common for Cyprus. Up until this year, the best result the nation achieved was 5th place but as we know, that record was broken by one of the artists we will be discussing today! Now we will recap the entries, and then it’s your turn to vote for your Best of the Bunch!

Cyprus 2016

We’re starting our Best of the Bunch journey today with a hard rock hallelujah, as rock band Minus One were internally selected to represent Cyprus with the song Alter Ego. We often see pop music from Cyprus, but it was great to see the nation take a different route, although Alter Ego was pop enough to please the pop fans, but rock enough to please the rock fans! At Eurovision, Cyprus went all out with the staging with the illusion of prison cells, giving a serious rock vibe. If that wasn’t extravagant enough, the stage was also filled with smoke, plus the lighting was truly unreal! Hopes were high for this one, and it was strong enough to qualify to the final but unfortunately in the final finished in 21st place with 96 points.

Cyprus 2017

Fast forward a year, and Cyprus were keeping with the internal selection process and once again they picked a former national finalist. It was announced early on that Hovig would represent Cyprus, and then later on in the national selection season, his song Gravity was revealed. After the nation’s experimentation with the rock genre, they then returned to their comfort zone, which is pop however this track was perhaps one of their most contemporary pop tracks. It received mixed reviews before the contest, but when it came to crunch time, it gathered enough votes and comfortably qualified in at 5th place. In the final, it ended up achieving the same result as the previous year which was 21st, but this time with 68 points.

Cyprus 2018

That brings us to the final entry which is the best placing song from Cyprus, and arguably the most memorable in the history of their participation. As you probably already know, Eleni Foureira was internally selected to represent Cyprus with the song titled Fuego. The song was easily the most contemporary and radio-friendly song the nation had sent, and after the other competing songs were released for 2018, it became clear that it was a contender. The secret weapon for Cyprus was Eleni’s ability to truly command the stage, and with incredibly choreography and overall stage performance, at Eurovision it was very clear that Cyprus was in it to win it. It became a massive fan favourite, and in the semi-final qualified in 2nd place, and in the final also finished 2nd place which is an incredible achievement for the nation. Yeah, Yeah Fire!

So now you’ve seen all three performances, it’s time to vote for your Best of the Bunch!

If you want more Best of the Bunch from Cyprus, check out our original series:

If you want to check out who made our Ultimate Eurovision, check it out here:

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