Cyprus have today confirmed their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, Valletta. Taking part in every contest from 2003 to 2009, and returning in 2014, this will be Cyprus’ first back contest after their one year break. Cyprus is one of the least successful countries to participate in the contest; never finishing in a result higher than eighth during their eight attempts. Cyprus was most recently represented by Sophia Patsalides with ‘I pio omorifi mera’ finishing in ninth place. Sophia went on to appear on The ESC News Group’s successful Christmas release #TogetherAsOne with the track ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ recorded by the National Publishing and Broadcasting Collective Symphony Orchestra.
So far, thirteen countries have formally confirmed participation with another two countries also suggested to have confirmed. Last year 17 countries participated in the contest, and despite multiple withdrawals this year the EBU hints towards a higher number still for 2016.