THIS YEAR'S ENTRY
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.
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.
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.
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
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
SCHEDULE (BAKU TIME)*
is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be
Thursday May 17th