Nicosia calling! Junior Eurovision 2016 is getting closer and today Cyprus‘ broadcaster CyBC officially confirmed that Cyprus is returning to the contest after a year of absence.
Cyprus’ last entered JESC back in 2014, when Sophia Patsalides performed the somg “I Pio Omorfi Mera”. The country fell out of the contest last year due to economical problems, but with a new board of directors at CyBC, things have changed and the broadcaster decided that Cyprus will return. This makes a total of 13 participating countries who’ll be performing at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in November.
CyBC has also started the search for Cyprus’ JESC representative. An open submission period has been launched for interested entrants, closing on 9 September.
The winning song will be selected by a five-member jury, consisting of three adults and two children. The national selection process will not be broadcast so there won’t be a public televote in selecting the act for Valletta.
Cyprus first entered Junior Eurovision in 2003, and have participated seven times previously. Cyprus tends to place in the middle of the scoreboard, with its best results being eighth place in 2004 and 2006. In their last participation, Cyprus placed ninth with 69 points.
So what do you think? Can Cyprus make a big comeback and win for the first time?