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Cyprus: Table dancing

14 May 2008 at 19:57 CEST

Evdokia Kadi, the singer representing Cyprus in the Second Semi-Final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, amazed everyone with her performance today in her first rehearsal - she had to cope with a lot of movements while singing at the same time, as the whole performance looked like a whole theatre piece, cut down to only three minutes. Evdokia performs on and around a black dining table together with four backing dancers: She steps onto the table and leaves it again through "human" stairs, built by the backing dancers. Towards the end, the table is being popped up, revealing a red tablecloth, on which Evdokia takes a seat while the backing singers lift the table and carry it around. In the end, the dresses for the Semi-Final night were revealed too: a tiny red top for Evdokia, and silver suits for the dancers. Vocally, the whole performance was flawless.

The entry of Cyprus for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest was picked in a national final on 12 January out of ten entries. The decision was taken by a combination of televoting and a jury, and in the end, 21 year old Evdokia Kadi won only by a small margin. She was the only participant to sing a song in Greek language in the competition. It was decided to keep both the original Greek lyrics and the initial stage choreography, which is designed to fit the rhythm changes in the song, for the performance in the Second Semi-Final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.

In the press conference, Evdokia was asked if she had ever considered singing Femme Fatale in any other language than Greek in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. She answered that they had tried out French and English version, but decided to stick to the original lyrics instead. When he was asked about the personality of Evdokia, one of the background singers replied that, in everyday life, Evdokia is like a normal girl-next-door, and she only turned into a Femme Fatale on stage. When the Head of Delegation was asked if Cyprus was ready to host the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, she reminded everyone that Cyprus will be the host of the 2008 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and that therefore, the country would of course be able to host the Eurovision Song Contest, too.