Cyprus will not return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year.
The Cypriot public broadcaster CyBC has confirmed to Eurovoix that they will not be participating in the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Paris. The country last participated in the contest in 2017.
Cyprus made its debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 in Copenhagen. They participated every year between 2003 and 2009 with the exception of 2005. They returned to the contest in 2014, before taking a one-year break. Their highest placing in the contest is 8th in both the 2004 and 2006 contests. The 2008 contest was also hosted in Limassol. On their last participation in 2017, Nicole Nicolaou finished last with “I Wanna Be a Star”.
Cyprus is not the only country to rule out their participation, as they follow in the footsteps of countries such as Belgium, Bulgaria, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, San Marino and Wales.
Junior Eurovision 2021
The 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in La Seine Musicale, Paris, France on Sunday 19th December. The contest will be hosted by France for the first time following Valentina’s victory at the 2020 contest with her song “J’imagine”.
To date, the following countries have confirmed participation in the contest:
- Azerbaijan – Sona Azizova
- North Macedonia
- Portugal – Simão Oliveira
Image source: EBU / Thomas Hanses
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.