Cyprus Has Reportedly Changed Plans For Eurovision 2024

A few days after Eurovision 2023 ended, Cyprus revealed its plans to organize a national selection for Eurovision 2024.
The initial plans was to create a collaboration between the Cypriot broadcaster RIK will and Greek label Panik Records for the aim of Eurovision 2024 selection.

Cypriot broadcaster RIK has even opened the submission window for “Fame Story” – a musical reality TV show with a known format of a star academy

However, on the 29th of July 2023, we found out that not everyone in satisfied with the path Cyprus wanted to step for its Eurovision 2024 journey.

Greek broadcaster ERT has contacted the EBU regarding the way Cyprus will choose its act for Eurovision 2024.
According to this report, the main complaint of ERT is that Cyprus will hold a national selection in a collaboration with Greek channel (Star Greece). In addition, the selection will be held in the territory of Greece, outside of Cyprus’ territory.
The Greek broadcaster wants the EBU to check the validity of such a decision. At this point, Cyprus had to revisit the format for Eurovision 2024 selection.

According to a report by OGAE Cyprus, Cyprus has probably changed the plans for Eurovision 2024.
To avoid any controversy with Greece or the EBU, Cyprus will step down from choosing “Fame Story” as the selection process for Eurovision 2024.
The considered option is an internal selection of the artist, with a separated show for the song selection. The idea is to hold a TV show that will be held in Nicosia in January 2024.
The selected artist will perform 3 songs, and one of them will be chosen as the song Eurovision 2024, with the involvement of the public.

Some might recognize such format in the history of Eurovision, for example Israel 2007-2010, Finland 2018-2019, Bulgaria 2021, Romania 2020, Spain 2021 and more

Andrew Lambrou represented Cyprus at Eurovision 2023 with the song “Break a Broken Heart“.
He ended up in 12th place in the final, with a total of 126 points

The last time Cyprus chose a song and an artist via national selection was in 2015.
Back then, John Karayiannis won the national selection.
He ended up in 22nd place with 11 points:

So far, the list of countries that have confirmed participation in Eurovision 2024 includes: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Israel, Moldova, Estonia, Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, MaltaSerbiaSwitzerland, Azerbaijan, and Lithuania.To date, there hasn’t been any confirmation from Greece regarding Eurovision 2024.
Eurovision 2024 will be held in Malmö,Sweden.
The semi-final will be held on the 7th and 9th of May 2024, and the grand final will be held on the 11h of May 2024

Doron Lahav is 30-year-old, who lives in Israel. Doron has been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and shows interest in singing and writing.

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