Eurovision 2014: Cyprus will not participate in Copenhagen

Eurovision 2014: Cyprus will not participate in Copenhagen

CyBC, the Cypriot national broadcaster has announced on their official website that Cyprus will not compete at the forthcoming 2014  Eurovision Song Contest

RIK, the Cypriot public broadcaster has taken this decision due to the financial restrictions and budget cuts implemented on the broadcaster due to the financial crisis afflicting the country.

The announcement as it was published on RIK

RIK announced the decision of the managment board to abstain from the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. The board was led to this decision, after taking into account public opinion on the economic crisis. (The institute) took into consideration further cuts to RIK’s budget for 2014, and the need for drastic cuts to spending for the programmes.

This is the 3rd time that Cyprus will be missing the event as was the case in 1988 and 2001.

Cyprus will be joining Croatia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Monaco, Morocco, Andorra and  Luxembourg all whom have confirmed that they will not compete at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

In 2013 Despina Olympiou represented Cyprus at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with her entry An me thimase, failing to qualify to the final.

Cyprus debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 with Island’s Monika and is yet to win Europe’s favourite television show. The Mediterranean island’s best placing at the contest has been a 5th placing in 1982, 1997, and 2004.

Despina Olympiou- An me thimase- Eurovision Song Contest 2013

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Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani
Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani

Sanjay ( Sergio) joined in December 2006 as an editor. He was appointed as the Head of Press of in 2011. Sanjay has covered the Eurovision Song Contest live 14 times since 2000, having worked for several international magazines.

  • escspain

    Maria, Cyprus got Last Year 12 points from Greece and Iceland in the semifinal and then at the Final from Greece and Sweden. La la love was very good and an me thimase was wonderful! Pity that it didn’t reach the final. Cyprus doesn’t spend Money for nothing. Eurovision is a good Chance to promote Cyprus other small countries like Macedonia Montenegro or San Marino compete every year even they don’t reach the final.

  • Maria

    Because Gressy (in my opinion of course), Cyprus spends so much money for nothing. We never get votes anymore even for the semi-finals. So i think it’s enough!!! I like Eurovision very much anyway!!!

  • Gressy


  • Maria

    Correct Andre that if Cyprus will not participate, Greece will lose 12 points but it’s not only these 2 countries playing this “game”. Many other do it as well e.g. Scandinavian countries, Baltic etc…!!!! It’s not a bad decision Cyprus not to participate anyway!!!

  • Miss Espabilá

    Ahh… Lisa Andreas! Lovely she was!

  • Karl Fradgley

    Greece wont be there either

  • Yaniv Sims

    Why are you insisting on calling it europe’s fav tv show all the time
    just call it eurovision as be done with it – it doesn’t sound well

  • yan

    it’s so pathetic to keem saying that Czech Republic,Luxembourg and especially Morocco, “confirmed” a non participation…

  • Andre

    If Greece participates this year, then the Greece-Cyprus 12 point swap will for the first time in ages stop. Am I right?

  • Hendrik Jonsson

    Cyprus came 5th in 2004, not 2005.