Cyprus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Cyprus has entered the Junior Eurovision Song Contest ten times since debuting at the first contest in 2003 with Theodora Rafti and the song 'Mia efhi'. They were forced to withdraw in 2005, as Rena Kiriakidi's 'Tsirko' was said to be too similar to another song. However, the Cypriot viewers were able to watch the show and vote.
|Member station||Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC)|
|National selection events|
|Best result||8th: 2004, 2006|
|Worst result||Last: 2017|
|Cyprus's page at Eurovision.tv|
| For the most recent participation see|
Cyprus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017
The country's best result is an eighth place achieved both at the 2004 and 2006 contests with Marios Tofi and the song 'Oneira' and Louis Panagiotou and Christina Christofi and the song 'Agoria koritsia' respectively.
Cyprus withdrew from the competition in 2010 because of unspecified reasons. Although they were in talks with the EBU to return to the contest in 2013, they eventually did not. On 3 July 2014, CyBC announced its return to the competition after a four-year absence, despite withdrawing from the adult contest earlier that year. They were represented by Sophia Patsalides with the song 'I pio omorfi mera' which finished in ninth place out of sixteen participating entries, despite being one of the favourites to win the contest that year. Although they withdrew from the contest in 2015 for financial reasons, Cyprus returned in 2016, only to place in the bottom two twice, second-to-last in 2016 with George Michaelides and the song 'Dance Floor' in Valletta, Malta and last in 2017 with Nicole Nicolaou and the song 'I wanna be a star' in Tbilisi, Georgia which is the country's worst result in the contest. The following year, on 11 June 2018, CyBC announced that they would again withdraw from the contest in 2018 with no reasons of their withdrawal being published.
|Entry selected but did not compete|
|Theodora Rafti||"Mia efhi" (Μια ευχή)||Greek||14||16|
|Marios Tofi||"Oneira" (Όνειρα)||Greek||8||61|
|Rena Kiriakidi||"Tsirko" (Τσίρκο)||Greek||Withdrew[a] X|
|Louis Panagiotou and Christina Christofi||"Agoria koritsia" (Αγόρια Κορίτσια)||Greek||8||58|
|Yiorgos Ioannides||"I mousiki dinei ftera" (Η μουσική δίνει φτερά)||Greek||14||29|
|Elena Mannouri and Charis Savva||"Gioupi gia!" (Γιούπι για!)||Greek||10||46|
|Rafaella Kosta||"Thalassa, ilios, aeras, fotia" (Θάλασσα, Ήλιος, Αέρας, Φωτιά)||Greek||11||32|
|Sophia Patsalides||"I pio omorfi mera" (Η πιο όμορφη μέρα)||Greek, English||9||69|
|George Michaelides||"Dance Floor"||Greek, English||16||27|
|Nicole Nicolaou||"I Wanna Be a Star"||Greek, English||16 ◁||45|
Commentators and spokespersonsEdit
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The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website junioreurovision.tv and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by junioreurovision.tv editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov. The Cypriot broadcaster, CyBC, sent their own commentator to each contest in order to provide commentary in the Greek language and English languages. Spokespersons were also chosen by the national broadcaster in order to announce the awarding points from Cyprus. The table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2003.
|2004||TBC||Stella Maria Koukides|
|2006||Kyriakos Pastides||George Ioannidies|
|Did not participate between 2010 and 2013|
|2014||Kyriakos Pastides||Paris Nicolaou|
|Did not participate in 2015|
|2016||Kyriakos Pastides||Loucas Demetriou|
|Did not participate between 2018 and 2020|
|2008||Limassol||Spyros Kyprianou Athletic Centre||Sophia Paraskeva & Alex Michael|
Notes and referencesEdit
- Although Cyprus did not participate in 2005, their late withdrawal allowed them to retain the right to vote in the contest.
- "Cyprus to host JESC 2008". esctoday.com. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2008.
- "Cyprus returns to Junior Eurovision!". junioreurovision.tv. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- "Sophia Patsalides to represent Cyprus".
- "Cyprus: Withdraws from Junior Eurovision". Eurovoix. 11 June 2018.
- "Sophia Patsalides to represent Cyprus".
- Fisher, Luke James (21 November 2015). "Tonight: Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015!". Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Bulgaria 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.