Junior Eurovision

Germany withdraws from this year’s Junior Eurovision due to travel restrictions with Armenia

The 20th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place this December from Yerevan, Armenia, is getting closer and closer. During these weeks, European public broadcasters belonging to the European Broadcasting Union are assessing and finalising the details of participation in the children’s musical event of the year.

Today we bring bad news. As the press service of the German broadcaster NDR has informed EscPlus, Germany will remain absent from this year’s Junior Eurovision. The organisation says that this decision, agreed with the children’s broadcaster KiKa, is a consequence of travel restrictions imposed by the German government, making it difficult for them to travel to Yerevan, the venue for this year’s competition. The German delegation says the year-long absence will help the country rethink its participation and find new ideas to improve its results.

Despite COVID-related restrictions over the past two years, NDR and KiKA have participated in the Junior ESC with full commitment and enthusiasm. This year, in unison and in consultation with KiKA, we will move away from centre stage, allowing for a creative break. Our decision was also made in conjunction with the partial travel restrictions for Armenia issued by the German State Department. We look forward to participating in next year’s Junior ESC. For all fans of the show in Germany, we are pleased to announce that this year’s Jerewan show will be broadcast on KiKA as usual



It’s not all bad news, the German broadcaster says that this December’s European music competition will be broadcast live to the country’s children’s audience on KiKa, maintaining the tradition for the third year in a row and bringing the festival closer to the youngsters.


The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will be held in Yerevan, Armenia, on Sunday 11 December. The Karen Demirchyan Complex will host the show in which artists between the ages of 9 and 14 from different European countries will fight to win the coveted crystal microphone, the trophy that certifies victory in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The organisation of the show by Armenian public broadcaster ARMTV follows the victory of Malena and her “Qami Qami” on stage in Paris on 19 December, which sparked a collective euphoria in her homeland and made the whole country take on the challenge of organising the festival with great enthusiasm and responsibility, which promises to be more special than ever as it celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022. It will not be the first time that Armenia has hosted a Junior Eurovision, having had the opportunity to do so in 2011, also at the Karen Demirchyan Complex.

So far, 14 European broadcasters have already confirmed their participation in the festival, however, the ambition and efforts of the organisers predict an even higher final number, with the aim that this 20th edition of the children’s contest will be remembered as one of the most spectacular in its history.


Source:  NDR
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