Glossy wave icon. Free flag icons from CyprusCYPRUS
BROADCASTER
SONG   "Lala Love" 
SINGER   Ivi Adamou
MUSIC & LYRICS  Alex Papakonstantinou, Björn Djupström, Alexandra Zakka, Viktor Svensson
DRAW   #12 in the first semi-final

 

THIS YEAR'S ENTRY

Cypriot broadcaster CyBC (aka RIK) was the first the announce its entrant for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. On August 3rd, it was revealed that local born singer Ivi Adamou would perform the entry in Baku and breaking with tradition, international songwriters could submit potential Eurovision entries, to a jury that would shortlist a number of songs in a national final. On December 27th, the names of the three entries were announced and these songs were released on January 6th, to give the public a chance to judge them, prior to the selection.

After several online polls suggested that "Lala Love" was the clear favourite, on January 25th, Ivi performed the three songs in a special selection show. None of the songs were performed with live vocals. The show, which was hosted by Christos Grigoriades, saw the winning entry being chosen by a combination of televoting and a jury, which included "All Kinds Of Everything" blogger Andrew James Main. Both the jury and the public opted for the same song and "Lala Love" was the clear choice to represent Cyprus in Baku.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation chose the Cypriot singer Ivi Adamou to represent the nation in the 57th Eurovision Song Contest, the singer will sing the song La La Love, written by Alex Papaconstantinou, Bjorn Djupstrom, Alexandra Zakka and Viktor Svensson.

Eighteen year old Ivi Adamou, started her career at 16 emerging from X Factor 2 in Greece, where she got the opportunity to show her vocal potential and her powerful character to a greater extent.
She started taking music lessons at a very early age. Music theory, vocal lessons and piano.

Soon after the talent show she signed releasing her debut Gold album Kalokeri Stin Kardia and the first single A*G*A*P*I. Two more hit singles followed from the debut album: Sose Me and To Mistiko Mou Na Vreis.

She also had the number one summer hit of the year 2010 with her guest performance in the song San Erthi I Mera, by the most popular Greek hip-hop act, Stavento.

After her appearance on the Mad Video Music Awards 2010 with the band OtherView the word was out….a new star is born!

The EP Christmas with Ivi was released in December of 2010 in Greece and also was certified Gold.

In April of 2011, she has a very successful comeback with the band Melisses recording together the single Krata ta matia sou klista and a very big summer tour followed with Ivi and the band.

In July 2011, her second solo album ‘San Ena Oniro” was released, which includes the latest single Voltes Sta Asteria.

For one of the songwriters of "Lala Love", this will be a third Eurovision entry for a third different country. Alex Papakonstantinou also composed the music for the Greek Eurovision entry "Yassou Maria" which came 7th in Helsinki in 2007 and "Always" that came 3rd for Azerbaijan in Moscow in 2009.

 

REACTION

As one of the earlier entries to be chosen, the Cypriot entry gained a lot of local attention at the same time that the song was becoming a big local hit. There has been some international promotion, with Ivi performing at the Greek and Bulgarian national final, but budget issues at CyBC have restricted some of the initial plans. With the song still not having been performed fully live, a very lavish promotional video was submitted as the preview video.

Both internet prediction polls and bookmakers rate "Lala Love" among the songs that will qualify from the first semi-final, while Cyprus is 50/1 to win the contest in Baku. The song has also very done well in fan polls, being ranked among the Top 10.

 

INTERVIEW WITH EUROVISION-BG

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (BAKU TIME)*
Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Monday May 14th 12:30 - 13:10 13:55 - 14:35
Thursday May 17th 18:20 - 18:50 19:35 - 20:05
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be confirmed officially

 

 

FORM GUIDE

 

OVERALL RATING

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PREVIEW VIDEO

LIVE PERFORMANCE

LAUNCH PAD

CYPRUS AT EUROVISION

  • First entry: 1981
  • Number of previous entries: 29
  • Best result: 5th (3 times) 
  • Worst result: Last (1986), failed to qualify (four times)   
  • Qualification record: 2/5 (29% success)

 

TEN YEAR FORM GUIDE

 

WEBMASTER REVIEW

"It's a little difficult to judge this as we haven't heard it sung live and I'm sure there's going to be a lot of choreography to enhance the performance. Right now, I'm on the fence; the song is catchy, although it's nothing special and I'd classify it as another of the 50/50 qualifiers that could go either way. However, if it's well performed and makes the final and then gets a good draw, it could do very well." - Keith Mills

YOUR REVIEWS

"I have a really good feeling about this because it has everything, a pretty and good singer, a catchy song and hopefully a good stage production. Ivi seems to be a very positive about her song - many love it. This is one of the best songs this year in my personal opinion. I think we will see Ivi in the final and she could even reach the top ten with a good draw."- Jack Cuffe (U.K.)

"Another song that works in the clubs (I could even see it hitting the gay clubs in the US), but won't succeed in Eurovision." - Sean P Casey  (USA)

"A fresh song this year for our beloved brothers. Ivi is so young and so beautiful, her song is nice, I think she will give her everything to represent the small Mediterranean island of Cyprus in the best way. The only thing I did not like was the carnival rhythm of the song which is too much for my cup of tea." - Athan (Greece)

"Most fans seem to like this, but I think it's way too cheap and lacks the catchiness of the Greek entry. Shouldn't qualify, but is likely to do so."- Leendert Jan  (Netherlands)

"This just reminds me of last year’s Spanish entry which failed to pick up votes from most of Europe. It’s not unpleasant just intensely simple and bland. But then bland can do well as we have seen! At least the singer seems to be having fun and with a good presentation and now with Greece in their semi then Cyprus may stagger through to the final depending on the surrounding competition. However I can’t see the juries jumping at it so I doubt it will trouble the left hand side of the board.” - Allan River (U.K.)