PIK, the Cypriot National Broadcaster, has decided that Cyprus will not be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 host nation has decided that they will not be taking part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk this year. A Greek news site, infegreece.gr, posted the news confirming the country’s withdrawal, although no specific reason has been given as to why they’re withdrawing.
Cyprus debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 in Copenhagen and their highest placing in the contest is 8th in both the 2004 and 2006 Contest. Cyprus are the first country to announce their withdrawal from the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with France returning after 14 years and Wales debuting in the Contest.
The 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Minsk, Belarus after the country won the bidding process before the 2017 contest even began. Olga Salamankha explained that Belarus was selected as the host for next years contest over other bids due to their long-term commitment to the competition.
The following countries have stated that they will be participating in Minsk:
Source: INFE Greece
Cyprus participated in the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 where they were represented by Theodora Rafti, she finished 14 with just 16 points. The countries best result came in 2004 when Marios Tofi finished 8th with the song “Oniera” scoring a total of 61 points. In 2008 Cyprus hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, on home soil they were represented by Elena Mannouri & Charis Saava they finished 10th with 46 points. Cyprus returned to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, having last participated in 2014 and 2009.