Preparations for Malmö continue in Cyprus

On Monday, a Greek morning show revealed that producer and TV presenter Nikos Koklonis will host Fame Story, the Cypriot national selection method for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024.

ESC site EurovisionFun reports that Koklonis also noted that the show is set to kick off in September 2023 and run through December on RIK and Star Channel.

In addition to representing Cyprus in Malmö, Fame Story‘s winner will also ink a lucrative contact with PANIK Records in Greece. This label was previously responsible for internally selecting artists to represent Cyprus since 2016 including Alter Ego, Hovig, Eleni Foureira, Tamta, Elena Tsagrinou, Andromache, and  most recently, Andrew Lambrou. In that stretch only one song failed to qualify for the Grand Final.

The show will feature just 15 contestants from the over 1,000 that have applied so far. But Koklonis disclosed that winning isn’t everything in Fame Story. All contestants will have the chance to win prizes including concerts, record deals, and signing contracts.

Fame Story will not look like a typical Eurovision selection show (i.e. Melodifestivalen). Instead it will be an “academy” style show where the contestants will learn about topics ranging from the music industry, performing, styling, and social media management, among others.

Koklonis is currently working on securing some big names to fill the rolls of the judges and coaches for the show, and hopes to provide more updates on Fame Story in due course.

In Liverpool, Andrew Lambrou represented Cyprus with “Break a Broken Heart”, finishing in 12th place in the Grand Final with 126 points.

Are you pleased with Cyprus’ change in tactics for Eurovision 2024? Will you watch Fame Story? Let us know in the comments below!

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