British media praises “Spectacular” Cyprus rehearsals ahead of Eurovision Song Contest semi! (video)

Cyprus is the last country to perform in the first Eurovision Song Contest semi final and they’re closing the show with one of the biggest performances of the line-up. There’s plenty of smoke, lasers, fire and fury in the eyes of Eleni Foureira.

Cyprus is serving up sass in abundance. There’s shades of Helena Paparizou’s choreography from her Eurovision winning performance for Greece, but this takes things to a whole new level.

Eleni is dressed in a gold sequin cat suit with a black mini jacket and gold high heeled boots, and her backing dancers wear black and silver with stiletto heels that could run you right through. Add that to a stage with incredible laser light tunnels, fire and smoke on the screen and the press centre has finally burst into life. And with it, a standing ovation. There’s plenty of passion, arm waving, hair flicking, hip swivelling, side stepping, pose striking and Eleni is using all of her catwalk skills to sell the song. There’s red and purple stage lighting and pyrotechnics and fireballs as Cypriot broadcaster RIK go all out to land their first ever Eurovision crown.

After Portugal’s victory last year, Cyprus is now the longest consistently competing nation at Eurovision never to win. But Cyprus is right in the race for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 crown on that performance. This one is going straight to the final and people are asking how far it can go. Cyprus’s best ever Eurovision result is fifth, but this could well beat it. It’s been 14 years since London born Lisa Andreas hit fifth place with Stronger Every Minute and Cyprus have not got close to the top half of the scoreboard since.

Cyprus will be song number nineteen in the first Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday 8 May. The show will be broadcast live on BBC Four with Rylan Clark-Neal and Scott Mills commentating. The United Kingdom will vote on the show.

source: Metro UK