Currently, one of the most popular greek singer, Eleni Foureira has been chosen to represent Cyprus in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
She will be performing the song “Fuego” (Fire) in the second half of the first semi-final on 8 May. The date of the song’s release is yet to be revealed but according to some rumors, the song is a super-dance hit with ethnic style.
The song “Fuego”, is composed by Greek-Swedish producer and songwriter Alex P (Alexander Papaconstantinou). He is well known to the Eurovision public, he has wrote “Yassou Maria” (Greece 2007) and “La La Love” (Cyprus 2012). Also, he has few notable writing and producing credits including “I Like How It Feels” by Enrique Iglesias and “Live It Up” for Jennifer Lopez.
After many attempts to represent her own nation in the popular european show, Eleni accepted the proposal of the CyBC (the Cypriot national broadcaster) to represent Cyprus this year in Portugal.
Her first attempt to represent Greece was in 2010, when she performed a duet song “I kyvotos tou Noe” (Noah’s ark) together with Manos Pyrovolakis, coming second behing Giorgos Alkaios and the song “OPA”. In 2013, she starred in the national final, performing “Wild Dances” with the Eurovision winner from 2004 Ruslana. Eleni also tried in 2016 with the song “Come Tiki Tam” composed by Doron Medalie who has composed “Golden Boy” for the Israeli representer, the year before. Foureira had previously collaborated with Medalie and made a greek version of the Nadav Guedj’s Golden boy, titled ”Sto Theo Me Paei”, which has achieved great success in Greece and Balkan countries. In 2017 she was rejected by the national broadcaster once again.
In 2014 Eleni has performed the popular song “Tranquila” with the J Balvin at the 2014 MAD Video Music Awards.
Before Foureira, Cypriot national broadcaster has made a proposal to the Greek singer Helena Paparizou to represent Cyprus. However the famous Eurovision star kindly refused to appear for the third time at the popular competition.