Cypriot public broadcaster CyBC has confirmed its participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
In a statement to ESCToday, the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) has revealed that they will be participating in next year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. There is still no confirmation whether Cyprus would select an entry internally or via national selection show.
The announcement comes after Cyprus’ best result at Eurovision, with Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego” winning the runner-up spot.
A number of other national broadcasters have expressed interest at returning to Eurovision next year, or opened up their selection processes:
- Germany‘s NDR has opened up its selection portal.
- Finland and Croatia are discussing possible selection methods.
- France, meanwhile, has said that their Destination Eurovision selection show would be returning in 2019.
- Next year’s expected host nation Israel confirmed earlier in April that it would be returning with their selection show HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion.
- Albania has started calling for participants for Festivali i Këngës 57.
- Norway confirmed in January this year that they would be participating.
- Poland expressed their intent to participate in Eurovision 2019.
- Bulgaria and Switzerland both said that, despite disappointing results, they will continue to participate at Eurovision.
Israel is expected to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 after their triumph at the 2018 contest in Lisbon with Netta Barzilai and her song “Toy”. Cities across Israel are currently bidding to host the contest amidst controversy and threats of boycotts.
Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Their best result was in 2018, with Eleni Foureira and performance of the song “Fuego” won second place with 436 points. Before then, their best results in the contest came in the form of three fifth place finishes. In 2004, Lisa Andreas performed “Stronger Every Minute” in Istanbul, Turkey. She finished 5th in the final scoring 170 points, which included 12 points from Greece. They also placed fifth in 1997 with Hara & Andreas Constantinou and their song “Mana mou”, and in 1982 with Anna Vissi’s “Mono i agapi.” Cyprus withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 due to financial difficulties but returned again in 2015.