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Cyprus to host Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008 May 29, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Music Life, Music Life Greek.

Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, CyBC, has won the bid to host the Junior Eurovision next year, it was announced yesterday.

The Steering Group of the Junior Eurovision announced yesterday that it had accepted the Cyprus offer to host the 2008 song contest, choosing Cyprus from four countries that had put in an offer. The location for Junior Eurovision 2008 will be Limassol, but the venue itself has not yet been announced. Cyprus has been participating in the contest since 2003.

The final choice for 2008 was between Ukraine and Cyprus. “We received some high-quality proposals for next year’s 6th Junior Eurovision Song Contest and after long consideration, the Steering Group decided to award the honour of hosting next year’s competition to CyBC,” said Steve Deconink-de Boeck, the President of the Steering Committee.

Junior Eurovision takes place in December, and unlike the Eurovision, it doesn’t have to take place in the country that wins the contest. This is to minimise pressure on the young contestants aged between eight and 15. This year, the 5th Junior Eurovision will take place in Rotterdam.

Last year, only 15 countries competed in the competition and since 2005 four countries have withdrawn. The largest number that ever participated was 23. The European Broadcasting Union has promised that the contest will continue until 2007, but has not made any promises for 2008, despite having chosen a host country. This year, 18 countries will take part, including debuts from Armenia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Lithuania.

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