This week, the 20th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Yerevan, Armenia. ESCplus is ready to keep all our readers informed, both on the website and social networks. In the meantime, you can download our exclusive handbook for this year’s edition to find out everything you need to know about all 16 competing entries.
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After the post-pandemic year I, 2021, in which we witnessed the first Eurovision Song Contest with security measures, the Parisian celebration of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021 and the national dream that all of Spain lived with Chanel in Turin last May, we are looking forward to the celebration of the junior version of the contest next December.
Once the pandemic situation has been overcome to a greater or lesser extent and with the Covid measures cancelled throughout our continent, Junior Eurovision returns to absolute normality and will take place in its 20th edition, which is a reason for rejoicing for all the fans of the contest, as the contest ends its second decade more alive than ever.
The contest will be hosted in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, following the victory of Malena and her song “Qami Qami” last year in Paris, in what was the first post-pandemic junior contest to be held relatively normally. Armenian Radio Television, better known internationally as ARMTV or simply “First Channel”, will host the contest. ARMTV was considering several options to host the contest, but finally chose the country’s capital, as such an event deserves to be held in the most important city in the country.
The aim of ARMTV and the Armenian government was to present Armenia in an attractive way to European viewers. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian highlighted the great opportunity of hosting Junior Eurovision 2022 in the country. In February it was revealed that the country’s capital Yerevan would host the competition and the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concert Complex had been chosen as the venue.
The head of government added that this international event was a good opportunity for Armenia’s travel agencies to return to business after the Coronavirus pandemic, bringing back tourism flows in Armenia. To this end, it would allocate the necessary budget by earmarking funds to prepare Junior Eurovision 2022. Thus, on 6 April, Yerevan and the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concert Complex were officially confirmed as the venue for the 20th Junior Eurovision. In the same press release, the EBU and ARMTV also revealed that the competition will be held on Sunday 11 December from 16:00 CET.