It has been revealed that CyBC paid a total of 30,000 Euros to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Malta.
The cost of Cyprus’ participation fee has been revealed as CyBC is in the midst of a battle to stop the broadcaster being forced to make significant cuts to their budget. The Chairman of the Board of RIK stated that the additional budget for the broadcaster being debated is 522,371 Euros. This budget is broken down into the following aspects:
- 117,371 – Healthcare and pension provisions
- 60,000 – Rally of Cyprus coverage
- 135,000 – Champions League Football fees
- 150,000 – Coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro
- 30,000 – News coverage
- 30,000 – Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 participation fee
The reveal of the participation fee from Cyprus is the first time that a participating countries fee in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been revealed publicly. It was reported last week that Cyprus is paying 40,000 Euros to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, on top of this Thomas G:son is being paid 10,000 Euros to write the country’s entry, a further 50,000 Euros is being spent on travel and accommodation.
Cyprus returned to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year in Malta following one year away from the contest. George Michaelides was selected to represent the country with his song “Dance Floor”. On stage in Malta George was joined by a number of dancers including his younger sister.
The show on Sunday saw considerable changes take place to it this year. The age of the participants was dropped to between 9 and 14 years old. Furthermore the public televote was dropped and replaced by an enhanced jury system. Each country was represented by both an adults jury and kids jury, while an Expert Panel was introduced.
The results were as follows:
- Georgia – Mariam Mamadashvili – Mzeo – 239 points
- Armenia – Anahit & Mary – Taber – 232 points
- Italy – Fiamma Boccia – Cara Mamma – Dear Mom – 209 points
- Russia – Water of Life Project – Water of Life – 202 points
- Australia – Alexa Curtis – We Are – 202 points
- Malta – Christina Magrin – Parachute – 191 points
- Belarus – Alexander Minyonok – Musyka moikh pobed – 177 points
- The Netherlands – Kisses – Kisses and Dancin – 174 points
- Bulgaria – Lidia Ganeva – Magical Day – 161 points
- Ireland – Zena Donnelly – Bríce ar Bhríce – 122 points
- Poland – Olivia Wieczorek – Nie zapomnij – 60 points
- F.Y.R. Macedonia – Martija Stanojković – Love Will Lead Our Way (Ljubovta ne vodi) – 41 points
- Albania – Klesta Qehaja – Besoj – 38 points
- Ukraine – Sofia Rol – Planet Craves For Love – 30 points
- Israel – Shir & Tim – Folllow My Heart – 27 points
- Cyprus – George Michaelides – Dance Floor – 27 points
- Serbia – Dunja Jeličić – U la la la – 14 points