Foureira takes Cyprus to second place in Eurovision loses to Israel Updated
After a week of hype and excitment in Cyprus over coming in as the bookies’ favourite to win the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday night Eleni Foureira despite an energetic performace of the song ‘Fuego’, failed to clinch first place in the popular show, coming in second to Israel.
President Nicos Anastasiades tweeted early on Sunday after the contest: “Bravo and thank you @foureira_eleni ! #Cyprus in the 2nd place @Eurovision for the first time. Congratulations for the win of #Israel. All Europe echoes the sound of music tonight”.
Foureira garnered a total of 436 votes, 183 from the judges and 253 points from the public vote. It was the second highest public vote after Israel’s 373, which took its total to 529. Austria was third with 342 points in total.