October 3, 2013 is a day that will live in infamy. On that day Cyprus announced that it would withdraw from the 59th edition of Eurovision because of ongoing financial problems. Celebrities reacted, fans reacted, and wiwibloggs reacted. Thankfully officials on the Mediterranean’s third largest island have finally heard the music. Cyprus is returning to Eurovision, y’all!
Critics have argued that RIK, the country’s national broadcaster, should get its house in order and revive the country’s Eurovision participation asap. Well, according to London Greek Radio, the country’s 2015 return is already secured. It also seems that Cyprus has already decided on the selection format!
It will stage a national final that includes preliminary heats. There will also be a Made in Cyprus theme: only Cypriot singers will be allowed to perform. In line with EBU rules, songs must not extend beyond three minutes and they may not be released before the selection process begins. It is expected that RIK will make an official statement in the coming days.
Cyprus last competed in 2013 with Despina Olympiou and her song ‘An Me Thimasi‘. She failed to qualify, finishing in 15th place in the First Semi-Final with 11 points.