Cyprus returns to national final format after milking dry the last one staged in 2015. Then the winner Giannis Karagiannis went to Eurovision, as did 3rd placed Minus One the year after, and 4th placed Hovig this year! And what about the runner up Panagiotis Kufogiannis? Well, he went on to win X Factor Greece this summer! Quite a cast!
So, for the Eurovision 2018 they will once again stage a talent search where Cypriots and anyone with Cypriot origins is welcome to take part.
The song for Lisbon 2018 will be written and produced by Alex P. aka Alex Papaconstantinou, who is no stranger to Eurovision having already co-written/produced Always (Azerbaijan 2009), Yassou Maria (Greece 2007), La la love (Cyprus 2012) as well as some songs to worldwide stars like Marc Anthony's Grammy winning Vivir mi vida, Enrique Iglesias' Billboard #1 I like how it feels and Jennifer Lopez's Live it up, but also this forgotten favorite from Melodifestivalen, Roma!
The past two years Cyprus has bought the song from Swedish guru Thomas G:son, without getting much for their money except a final place as both ended 21st.