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Cyprus: Andromache presents a little bit of her culture to Europe

08 May 2022 at 09:00 CEST
Cyprus's Andromache - WIDE EBU / Corinne Cumming
Andromache is here in Turin to represent Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest. And with her song ‘Ela’, she’s hoping to bring a little bit of the Mediterranean island to the stage, for all of Europe to appreciate.
Andromache from Cyprus performed Ela in second rehearsal EBU / Andres Putting

Once listen to the Cypriot entry Ela, and it’s not difficult to guess which country has contributed the song to the 2022 Contest. For Andromache, this is a natural and consistent element within all her music. And just in case anyone misses out on the clues within the song, she’s incorporated her culture into the staging of it, too.

It feels so normal to me because the ethnic sound is everywhere in my music. I feel really good doing it this way because it’s such a nice thing to bring something from your country to this contest. I think it should be done by everybody, really. And the colours that we use on stage – those represent the Mediterranean; the sea, Cyprus, Greece.

📺 Watch: Andromache – Ela (Official Music Video)

Another aspect of the beautiful corner of Europe that Andromache hopes will translate in her performance, is the exemplary hospitality that Cyprus is known for.

I would love to showcase the warmth. We hug each other all the time. And it becomes that feeling that you are home – my hug is your home.

Andromache from Cyprus getting ready for her first rehearsal EBU / Andres Putting

The name Andromache (pronounced: andro-ma-hee) means ‘the one who fights like a man’. She believes that this name has helped shape who she is today, and it’s something that she’s very pleased about.

This name definitely made me what I am. I fight for everything in my life. I have no problem dealing with men, because the name means ‘the one who fights men’. I come in peace of course, but I am a fighter. Really, I just always give my best for whatever I want in life.

Her latest fight is of course the competition she finds herself in now – competing for Cyprus at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. For every artist, it’s a long road to get here. And the journey can reveal some hidden strengths or positive traits that one might not ever even have known they had. This is certainly the case for Andromache, too, who has discovered something new about herself along the way to Turin.

I didn’t think I had this way about me to organise things in the way I have. And to do all of it together at the same time, because honestly we had so much to do and so much to prepare to get here. I didn’t know I had all this in me, because my rhythm has always been so chilled. I’m glad though, that we could put it all together, the whole team. Our chemistry made it happen.

📺 Watch: Andromache – Ela (Acoustic Version – Eurovision House Party)

Andromache follows in the footsteps of some high-profile artists who have represented Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years, achieving some high-table results with their songs, too. As Andromache commenced her journey to Turin, she got given some tips from a few of them, and is happy to share the best piece of advice she received.

I think it was to just enjoy it. Because we all work hard and we all want the best, of course. But often, this doesn’t let you live it and live the moments, and it doesn’t let you enjoy it. So that was the best advice – to make sure I do.

To see Andromache enjoy her time in Turin to the fullest, make sure you catch the Second Semi Final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday 12 May, where the artist will be representing Cyprus with her song Ela.

📺 Watch: All 40 Songs Official Recap

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