OGAE Greece are reporting that the end is night for Cypriot internal selections for Eurovision – as the BBC format “All Together Now” is set to be used as a national selection for the island nation for 2023.
The reports suggest that the show, which sees budding performers sing in front of a wall of 100 judges, singers and entertainers who decide whether they enjoy the performance or not, will act as the primary decision-maker for Cyprus’ Eurovision entry. It is also being suggested that the audience will have a say in the format.
The competition is reportedly set to begin in mid-October, airing weekly on Saturday nights on RIK, with two singers from each show reaching the semi-finals and a final of 10 artists airing towards the end of 2022.
The show’s UK version saw the first appearance of 2019 representative Michael Rice in the public eye, earning a full house with his first performance of “Proud Mary” and emerging as the winner of the inaugural competition.
It is unknown whether the song will be chosen at this point, or whether the artist will then have the remaining months of the selection window to choose a submission for Eurovision 2023.
Cyprus failed to qualify for the final in 2022, for the first time since their return to the contest in 2015. Andromache’s ethno-pop track “Ela” finished 12th in the second semi-final with 63 points.
Source: OGAE Greece. Lead image: EBU / Andres Putting
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