Things could get very exciting in Cyprus this year as they return to Eurovision after a year’s hiatus. I might just have to schedule a mini-holiday to the beautiful Mediterranean island for their Grand Final.
British Cypriot singer Ioanna Protopapa has submitted a song for the Cypriot Eurovision selection for 2015 and she has teamed up with Grammy nominated and highly successful songwriter and producer John Themis.
Who is John Themis I hear you ask? Well I guess it would be easier to list off some of his achievements that will grab your attention!
He was born in Australia to Greek-Cypriot parents and he has had Top 10 success performing, producing, arranging and writing for artists like Cat Stevens, Dido, Rod Stewart, Gabrielle, George Michael and has written smash hits for Emma Bunton (including her UK number one ‘What took you so long’), Sugababes (‘Round Round’), Blue and Kylie Minogue. He was also responsible of the UK’s 2005 Eurovision entry ‘Touch My Fire’ by Javine.
John’s closest working relationship is probably with Boy George since their ‘Jesus Loves You’ project. Themis also co-wrote the smash hit musical ‘Taboo’ with Boy George.
Singer Ioanna said of Eurovision
”I would love to represent Cyprus at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest as I have been a huge fan of Eurovision since a young girl. It has been my childhood dream to represent my country, Cyprus, for as long as I can remember I always loved the concept of Eurovision”
Ioanna approached Themis to work on a song for Eurovision saying
”Once I found out that this year Cyprus was back in the competition and artists were able to submit a song I really wanted to be a part of this year’s Cypriot entry. I approached John Themis and we started to work together in the studio we came up with a concept and musical style which we both agreed on.”
Themis was recently taken with his writing with Ioanna and he took to Facebook saying
”Ioanna is a lovely spirit with a great voice, fantastic look, drive, determination and most importantly of all she can command a stage. It’s a pleasure to collaborate with her.”
Ioanna was a contestant on the Greek version of X-Factor and sees that as a huge advantage to potentially performing on the larger Eurovision stage.
Time will see if Ioanna and Themis’ song reaches the live selection shows in Cyprus but this could be an act to keep an eye on!
Author/Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source : LGR