The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) has announced, via its official website, that the Mediterranean island country will not be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen. CyBC’s board said that they reached the decision after determining a need to cut spending on programs, despite public interest.
Cyprus has had a bumpy history with placing in Eurovision, having qualified to the final only 4 out of 10 times since the semifinals were introduced in 2004. It was in 2004 that they received their highest placement since 1997 with Lisa Andreas’ “Stronger Every Minute” placing fifth. Cyprus did not qualify to the 2013 final, with Despina Olympiou’s “An me thimasai” placing 15th in its semifinal.
Cyprus had participated in every year since its debut in 1981, except in 1984 and 2001. In 1984, CyBC determined that their entry was ineligible and withdrew. In 2001, their average score in past contests was not enough for them to qualify.
Cyprus joins Croatia on the list of cash-strapped countries unable to participate this year due to the economic crisis.
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