Cyprus – Sad news as Cyprus broadcaster CyBc today confirmed that the nation will not be entering this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. The reason given was due to the current financial situation of the country. The announcement was made on the RIK website saying
“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.”
Cyprus did not qualify from Semi-Final 1 last year with Despina Olympiou’s song ‘An Me Thimáse’. They have preiously missed the contest in 1988 and 2001.