Time’s fast ticking away ’til the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest once again captures Europe’s attention. The contestants are locked in, SBS’ local broadcasts are ‘go’ and we’re continuing our countdown of this year’s competitors.
Entrants from 39 countries across the continent will take to the stage throughout the competition in the hope of taking out the most coveted yearly prize in music – the Eurovision Song Contest trophy.
As always, the competition is split into three finals; the two semi finals (to be held on May 14 and 16) and the grand final (on May 18), in which the victorious countries from the two semi-finals will line up alongside the host nation Sweden and the “big five” of the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
In part 23 of our in-depth look at the 2013 entries, we’re headed off to Cyprus.
DESPINA OLYMPIOU : An Me Thimáse
37 year old songstress Despina is no stranger to the public in her homeland, where she’s enjoyed a successful recording career over the past 13 years. But her reach is set to be significantly magnified as she takes to the stage in the first of the semi finals to represent Cyprus at Eurovision. She’ll be armed with the single ‘An Me Thimáse’ (‘If You Remember Me’ in English’, hoping to capture the hearts of Europe – at least enough to take her through to the May 18 Grand Final.
It’s a pretty little ballad, complete with key change, a couple of money notes and a visually beautiful clip. But we’re not sure it’s spectacular enough to earn Cypriot hosting duties in 2014.