Cyprus will be returning to Eurovision next year according to sources at London Greek Radio.
After a one year hiatus, the Mediterranean island will return for the contest’s 60th anniversary in Austria, with sources claiming an official announcement will be made shortly. Detailed rules are expected to follow, with suggestions that only Cypriot singers will be eligible to participate.
Rumours have been rife regarding Cyprus’ imminent return, especially after the broadcast CyBC reluctantly withdrew from this year’s contest citing drastic cuts in spending on programmes.
Small breaks from the contest have been rather popular of recent, with Armenia, Georgia, Hungary, Montenegro, Poland and Portugal all having employed them over the past five years for differing reasons. It is also suspected the Croatia and Serbia’s withdrawals will not be permanent.
Whilst the news of Cyprus’ return hasn’t been official announced by CyBC, it is at least encouraging to hear that plans for a return are in progress.