Fans of the competition have been in hot anticipation today after rumours emerged that Helena Paparizou, the Greek champion of Eurovision 2005, may have been in positive talks to represent Cyprus in the competition in Lisbon.

While these were just rumours, INFE Greece has confirmed that these talks did in fact take place, but with a disappointing outcome; Helena Paparizou will not be representing Cyprus in Eurovision 2018.

The half-Swedish performer, who also entered Melodifestivalen recently, declined the proposal from Cypriot broadcaster RIK despite there being a song prepared for her by long-time collaborator Alex Papaconstantinou. Negotiations were said to have taken place for a number of days with Paparizou and representatives of the Cypriot broadcaster.

Back in May 2017, Cyprus had originally confirmed plans for a national final, although the latest news would suggest that this is not a certainly to occur. No further news has been provided regarding national final or selection plans since.

Paparizou last tried to rejoin the Eurovision family in 2014 when she took part in Sweden’s Melodifestivalen with “Survivor”, the performance of which can be seen below;

Source: INFE Greece

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