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Cyprus Triumphs as Greece’s Hopes Fade in Eurovision Semifinals

LONDON – Greece’s aspirations of winning the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 2005 fell flat when their 2023 entry, “What They Say,” composed and performed by 16-year-old Greek-Danish artist Victor Vernicos, failed to advance past the semi-final.

Initially lauded on Eurovision blogs, raising expectations of a commendable performance, the finalists were chosen for the first time through a direct vote by viewers, without the involvement of a panel of judges. Unfortunately, the audience watching the contest was not captivated by Vernicos’ act.

However, Cyprus progressed with “Break a Broken Heart,” sung by Cypriot-Australian Andrew Lambrou, hailing from Sydney. Lambrou will carry the hopes of Greek-speaking viewers into the Grand Final on the night of May 13 in Liverpool.

Greece’s previous triumph occurred 18 years ago, with Helena Paparizou’s appropriately titled “My Number One” securing the victory. Consequently, all eyes and ears in the country were fixed on Vernicos, despite the song’s unclear lyrics.

Lambrou’s song delves into the theme of relationships ending in heartbreak but emphasizes the ability to recover from such experiences. Speaking to Aussivision, he described it as “about overcoming past hardships in relationships, finding strength in the process. You know, bouncing back stronger and persevering.”

He further explained that the song also encapsulates the notion of “emerging stronger in the end. I believe this applies to all aspects of life. There will be challenging times and difficulties, but you can always rebound and emerge stronger.”

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