55 acts and songs, 7 audition shows, 4 judges, 1 ticket to Vienna 2015: welcome to “The Eurovision Song Project” – the biggest selection process ever held in Cyprus. The second show was broadcast this evening and 5 more acts progressed to the next phase. After a total amount of nine auditions and “Eurochallenge” shows the big final will take place on 1st February 2015.
During the seven weekly audition shows the “Eurovision Song Project” jury will decide which of the 55 acts performing one-minute-snippets of their original songs will progress to the second phase. The jury is comprised of former Cypriot representatives, Elena Patroklou (1991), Alex Panayi (1995 and 2000) and Despina Olympiou (2013), and Tasos Trifonos. In the second phase in form of the two “Eurochallenge” shows the judges will select the 10 best songs and acts, of which only 6 will compete for the Cypriot ticket to Vienna in the grand final in February 2015 (50% jury, 50% televoting).
During the different phases the judges will be joined by Eurovision icons such as Greek producer and composer Dimitris Kontopoulos (Ukraine 2008, Greece 2009, Belarus 2012, Azerbaijan 2013, Russia 2014) and Christer Björkman (Swedish Head of Delegation). “The Eurovision Song Project” is hosted by the model and presenter Antri Karantoni.
The acts competing in the second audition show this evening were (qualifiers in bold): 1. Christina Tselepou – In these arms 2. Valence – Scared 3. Charalambous “Luna” Joseph (already qualified with “I wanna dance (I say tempo)” in Show 1) – Call for me 4. Lady Ava – Until the end of time 5. Pieros Kezou (finalist Cyprus national final 2009) – Said it all before 6. Kostas Archontous – Steko akoma 7. Maria Moskofian and Christiana X Iordanous – Sailing Ships Pirates and Dragons 8. Ioanna Protopapa (5th place at “The X Factor” season 1 in Greece) – Beat of my heart Keep following us on ESCDAILY.com and don’t miss out any single step on Cyprus’ long journey to Vienna…