We don’t know if it’s the Mediterranean sunshine or the friendly smiles from the hosts in Malta, but Junior Eurovision 2014 continues to welcome more countries into the fray. We are happy to report that six-time Junior Eurovision entrants Cyprus will return to the competition this year, after a four-year break.

Broadcaster CyBC today confirmed its participation by sending the necessary paperwork to the European Broadcasting Union in Geneva. Executive Producer Vladislav Yakovlev was all smiles as he shared the news on junioreurovision.tv.

Cyprus, and CyBC, have a proud Junior Eurovision tradition, having taken part in the very first competition and hosting it in 2008…I’m very glad to see CyBC taking part again, and I don’t think they will be disappointed by the show Malta will put on!

Cyprus debuted with Theodora Rafti’s song “Mia Efhi”. Their best position to date is shared by Marios Tofis and Luis Panagiotou & Christina Christofi – who both came eighth in 2004 and 2006 respectively. Their last entry, in 2009, saw Rafaella Kosta finish 11th.

The countries confirmed so far are Malta (host country), Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Greece, Cyprus, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine. Countries that have expressed an interest but have not yet confirmed are: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, and Romania. Following a bad result in 2013, Macedonia will not be returning to the contest.

More information on the Junior Eurovision can be found here.

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Giorgos
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Azerbaijan is more than likely to participate, don’t worry.

Brunowskii
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Brunowskii

And what about Azerbaijan in JESC 2014? Will they participate?

Levente Bakkay
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Levente Bakkay

Please vote in this poll! http://vote.pollcode.com/78242925

israelfurever
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israelfurever

an tunisia, Morocco and Algeria nothing news? they are so near to Molta

escspain
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escspain

@fotis stop dissapointing other websites. Rumours about withdrawal of Greece were already denied by NERIT only creepy Oikotimes is still doing the idiot. NERIT will return at Jesc. Oikotimes has a Lot of missinformation. Example: The News about TVE are simply shit. In no other Eurovision Site there has been reporting this.

Vlatko Horvat
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Vlatko Horvat

Bosnia-Herzegovina are considering withdrawing from Vienna 2015 again so I take back my comment about wishing for Bosnia debuting. If Czech Republic are considering Junior Eurovision debut then surely that means they are also considering returning in Vienna? 😀

Giorgos
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Fotis I know you are from Oikotimes and your creepy website is like a gossip for girls, it lies, Greece will return.

Now we have to see if Italy and Hungary will debut and if Serbia and Romania return

Vlatko Horvat
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Vlatko Horvat

@fotis It has been confirmed that Greece are returning. Now I just want my country Croatia to return and former Yugoslavian nations of Bosnia-Hercegovina, Slovenia and Montenegro to debut

Darren
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Darren

@timselvision
Oh thanks for telling me, my mistake ahha
Must have been an update since I checked the page last…shame
Maybe 2015 then 🙂

Timselvision
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Timselvision

@Darren: Wikipedia says that they won’t debut 😉

And funny. Greece and Cyprus returning in the same year. Remarkable.

Fotis Konstantopoulos
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STOP posting that Greece is participating. GREECE is not ENTERING jesc 2014!

beccaboo1212
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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

Darren
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Darren

Ireland are also trying to debut this year too

Day one (Marcus)
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Day one (Marcus)

Cyprus confirm they are going to be at junior Eurovision but have now withdrawn their confirmation on Eurovision and have said they will be considering participation urgh….

Renske ten Veen
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Yay!