Double disappointment: Sweden and Cyprus withdraw from Junior Eurovision

Junior Eurovision was hit a double blow today, with the announcement that both Sweden and Cyprus are likely to be absent from the 2015 contest. The news was broken by the official Junior Eurovision twitter account, in response to questions from fans.

Swedish Junior Eurovision withdrawal

Despite having just won Eurovision last month, rumours began to circulate online that Sweden were withdrawing from the junior contest. Sadly, they turned out to be true. Junior Eurovision HQ were notified by a SVT rep, who cited restructuring at the children’s channel as the issue. This isn’t a total surprise as SVT announced back in January that there would be no Lilla Melodifestivalen (Junior Melfest) this year.

As of now, it is unclear whether TV4 have been approached to take over the Swedish entry. The commercial station was responsible for selecting Sweden’s Junior Eurovision entry in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

Cypriot Junior Eurovision withdrawal

Following a four year absence, Cyprus returned to critical acclaim in 2014. Alas they failed to light up the scroreboard, finishing ninth out of 16. After a relatively successful Eurovision campaign in May, we’d hoped that they’d be sticking around for Junior, but it’s not to be. Once again, Junior Eurovision HQ confirmed the withdrawal on Twitter, blaming a lack of budget. However, they do add that there are some “other options”.

Today’s news comes just days after Croatia revealed that they too are leaving the contest. Thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom. Ireland are set to make their debut this year, while Albania are participating for the first time since 2012. There is also a strong possibility that Spain could also make a comeback. November’s contest in Bulgaria is still set to be better than ever!