Country Of The Month: Cyprus Part-3!


Country of the month is back. We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Cyprus. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Cypriot entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Anna Vissi – Mono I Agapi

In 1988, Cyprus selected Anna Vissi and her song “Mono I Agapi” to sent in Harrogate. The song is entirely in greek.

It was composed by Anna Vissi, while conductor of the live performance was Martyn Ford. At the final, the entry placed 5th with 85 points.

Anna Vissi was born on 20 December 1957, in Larnaca, Cyprus. With a career that spreads in more than four decades, Anna Vissi is one of the biggest female artists of Greece and Cyprus. She has released 28 studio albums, all of which with great success. Except for singing, she is a songwriter, actress, television presenter and businesswoman. She has participated in a total of three times in Eurovision, two times for Greece (1980, 2006) and one time for Cyprus (1982). Her best placing was for Cyprus when she finished 5th with 85 points. Her most recent album came out in 2019 and it is titled “Iliotropia”, which means “Sunflowers”. The album topped the Greek charts.

Cyprus in the Eurovision

Cyprus debuted in the contest in 1981. Since then, it has participated 36 times, missing the contest in 1988, 2001 and 2014. In 1988, the country chose an entry but later the broadcaster withdrew it, after finding out that the song violated the national final’s rules. In 2001, the country didn’t participate due to its poor results to the contest. Under those year’s rules, the countries with the worst results were unable to compete the next year. In 2014, the country faced financial difficulties and the broadcaster decided to not take part.

Cyprus has placed in the Top-10 just ten times – considering its almost 40 participations. Also, it hasn’t qualified to the final on six times. The best entry of the country was in 2018 when it got 436 points and placed 2nd in the final. In contrast, Cyprus’ worst result in a final was 1988’s 20th place – last.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Cyprus? Let us know in the comment box below.

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