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.