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|Born||15 May 1955|
Pyla, Larnaca, Cyprus
|Associated acts||Epikouri, Anna Vissi|
Olympia "Lia" Vissi (born 15 May 1955) is a Greek Cypriot singer, songwriter, composer and politician who most notable for her two participations in the Eurovision Song Contest and being older sister of Greek Cypriot singer Anna Vissi.
A songwriter is a professional that writes lyrics or composes musical compositions for songs. A songwriter can also be called a composer, although the latter term tends to be used mainly for individuals from the classical music genre and film scoring, but is also associated with writing and composing the original musical composition or musical bed. A songwriter that writes the lyrics/words are referred to as lyricist. The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people. For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with the task of creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers. Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers.
A composer is a musician who is an author of music in any form, including vocal music, instrumental music, electronic music, and music which combines multiple forms. A composer may create music in any music genre, including, for example, classical music, musical theatre, blues, folk music, jazz, and popular music. Composers often express their works in a written musical score using musical notation.
A politician is a person active in party politics, or a person holding or seeking office in government. Politicians propose, support and create laws or policies that govern the land and, by extension, its people. Broadly speaking, a "politician" can be anyone who seeks to achieve political power in any bureaucratic institution.
Vissi participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twice. In 1979, she was a supporting singer for Elpida, representing Greece and 1984 saw Vissi participate in the Cypriot national song contest with the song "Chtes", which came second.
The Eurovision Song Contest, often simply called Eurovision, is an international song competition held primarily among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio, then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the winner. At least 50 countries are eligible to compete as of 2018, and since 2015, Australia has been allowed as a guest entrant.
The Eurovision Song Contest 1979 was the 24th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 31 March 1979 in Jerusalem, Israel, following the country's win at the 1978 edition. The event was staged at the International Convention Center. The presenters were Daniel Pe'er and Yardena Arazi.
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Finally, in 1985 she represented Cyprus in the contest as a solo singer, singing her own composition To Katalava Arga , to which she also penned the lyrics. The Cypriot entry came 16th out of 19 songs, receiving 15 points, including 8 (rather than the usual maximum 12) from Greece. Cyprus also gave Greece only 8 points this year and total score of the Greek entry totaled 15, and thus Cyprus and Greece shared the sixteenth position. She took part in the 1991 Greek final for Eurovision, singing the anthem Agapa ti Gi. She was placed second behind Sophia Vossou. In 1992, Greek television decided not to televise the national final. Vissi submitted a song for consideration, Kapios, and found herself voted into second place yet again. [ citation needed ]
The Eurovision Song Contest 1985 was the 30th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It was held on 4 May 1985 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The presenter was entertainer Lill Lindfors, whose jokey dress rip after the interval act was said to have not amused the wife of EBU scrutineer Frank Naef. Norwegian duo Bobbysocks! were the winners with the song "La det swinge".
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Anna Vissi represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with her song "Everything". The Greek national broadcaster, Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT), internally selected Vissi to represent the country at the contest, which took place in Athens after Greece's win at the 2005 contest with the song "My Number One" performed by Elena Paparizou. "Everything", composed by Nikos Karvelas and written by Anna Vissi herself, was selected on March 14, 2006 at a national final by a combination of a televoting/SMS vote (60%) and expert jury (40%). At Eurovision, Vissi placed 9th, receiving 128 points.
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"Autostop" was the Greek entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980, performed in Greek by Anna Vissi and The Epikouri.
Cyprus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. CyBC announced that Cyprus's 2009 Eurovision entry would be selected through a national final where the general public will be the one to decide the winner via 100% televoting. The national final was held on February 7, 2009.
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Cyprus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The winner of the talent show Performance, broadcast by the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC), was the Cypriot entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, which was decided on 10 September 2010.
Cyprus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Cypriot entry was selected through a combination of an internal selection, to select the artist, and a national final, to select the song, both organised by the Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC). Ivi Adamou represented Cyprus with the song "La La Love", which qualified from the first semi-final and went on to place 16th in the final, scoring 65 points, Cyprus' best placing in the Eurovision Song Contest since attaining 5th place in 2004.
Cyprus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden, and selected their entry through an internal selection, organised by the Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC). Despina Olympiou represented Cyprus with the song "An me thimasai", which failed to qualify from the first semi-final of the contest, placing 15th and scoring 11 points.
Cyprus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Alter Ego" written by Minus One and Thomas G:son. The song was performed by the band Minus One, which was selected by the Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) in November 2015 to represent Cyprus at the 2016 contest in Stockholm, Sweden. The Cypriot song, "Alter Ego", was presented to the public on 22 February 2016.
Cyprus was represented by the artist Lia Vissi, with the song "To katalava arga", at the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 4 May in Gothenburg, Sweden. The song was chosen internally by broadcaster CyBC.
Cyprus was represented by Andy Paul, with the song '"Anna Maria Lena", at the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 5 May in Luxembourg City. The song was chosen through a national final organised by broadcaster CyBC.
Cyprus participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 which took place on 26 November 2017, in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Cypriot broadcaster Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) was responsible for organising their entry for the contest. Nicole Nicolaou was internally selected to represent Cyprus with the song "I Wanna Be a Star". In Tbilisi she ended last.
Cyprus participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song "Fuego" written by Alex Papaconstantinou, Gerlado Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Anderz Wrethov and Didrick. The song was performed by the Greek singer Eleni Foureira, who had previously attempted to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest in the 2010 edition and the 2016 competition.
Cyprus will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song "Replay" written by Alex Papaconstantinou, Teddy Sky, Viktor Svensson, Albin Nedler, and Kristoffer Fogelmark. The song will be performed by the Georgian-Greek singer Tamta.
with Anna Maria Lena
| Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest |
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with Tora Zo