The 20th anniversary of Junior Eurovision starts with a new twist in the journey of the United Kingdom in the festival, which returns to the contest after its last participation in 2005 and the fleeting adventure of Wales alone in 2018 and 2019. Today, we finally know the identity of its next representative who will pick up the baton from Joni Fuller (United Kingdom 2005) or Erin Mai (Wales 2019), if we count the participation of the constituent nation that is part of the United Kingdom.
The young Freya Skye has been chosen by the BBC to represent them in this very special edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022, which will take place on Sunday, December 11 in Yerevan, Armenia. This is the country’s first internal election for the Junior Eurovision, since in their previous participations, both Wales and the entire United Kingdom opted for a televised pre-selection gala.
British television entrusted the search and choice of its artist for Junior Eurovision 2022 to the prestigious agency Buzz Talent, where the founder herself, Helen Georgio, was one of those involved in this important and honorable task for her company, which is dedicated to representing to commercial models, actors, dancers, singers and clients who wish to participate in television programs and productions. In 2021, this agency was recognized as the Best National Agency at the National Social Media Awards.
FREYA SKYE TO CONQUER EUROPE AND THE BRITISH AUDIENCE
Freya Skye hopes to reconnect the UK audience with the most important children’s musical event in the world, thanks to the song ‘Lose My Head‘, that she will take to the stage in Yerevan to lead the country’s return to the event. A strong commitment with which the BBC seeks to return to the British public the lost opportunity, with the early withdrawal in 2005, of being able to get excited about the youth festival and the magic that surrounds it. For this reason, the BBC will broadcast the contest through the main channels, simultaneously with the specific ones for children.
Freya Skye is passionate about singing and her beginnings in music date back to the age of four, where she has always shown a talent and a special affection for musical art. From his first performances with the family, she has been fulfilling her dreams on professional stages and her worth will lead her to the great show that this 20th edition of Junior Eurovision entails.
Lucie Jones, British representative in Kyiv 2017, has been in charge of breaking the news to the young Freya, who has received excited this novelty in her artistic career. Freya has been lovingly misled by her parents who have taken her to her weekly ballet class, where she has been told of the BBC decision. The video has been on the BBC’s multimedia platform since this afternoon, with the official announcement of the video surely being tomorrow morning on the live breakfast of BBC5.
United Kingdom in Junior Eurovision
The United Kingdom was one of the founding countries of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen 2003. In its first participations, the ITV network was in charge of the British candidatures. This year, however, it will be the BBC that will be in charge of the country’s presence in the competition for the first time, as it has always done in Senior Eurovision.
Tom Morley and his song “My Song For The World” was first UK entry, which reached 3rd place. The following year, at Lillehammer 2004, Cory Spedding and his song “The Best Is Yet To Come” narrowly missed out on victory, behind only Spain’s María Isabel, who took the win. Worse luck ran Joni Fuller and his song “How does it feel?“, which only got a 14th place.
The creation of Junior Eurovision meant the incursion of the British private television ITV in the Eurovision world. It was the perfect opportunity to delve into a format dominated in its main version by the public BBC.
However, the interest drop in the contest led ITV not to renew the participation agreement, causing the United Kingdom to withdraw after three editions attending the Junior Eurovision. During that time, despite the EBU‘s efforts, the BBC refused to participate in the contest for years. Thus, the organization decided to invite Wales to be part of the festival, through its S4C channel, between 2018 and 2019.
JUNIOR EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2022
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will be held in Yerevan, Armenia, next Sunday, December 11. With the slogan ‘Spin the Magic’, the Karen Demirchyan Complex will be responsible for hosting the show in which various artists aged between 9 and 14 years from different countries in Europe will fight to take the coveted crystal microphone, a trophy that accredits the victory in the children’s Eurofestival.
The organization of the show by the Armenian public television ARMTV comes after the victory of Malena and her “Qami Qami“ on the stage of Paris on December 19, awakening a collective euphoria throughout her homeland and making the whole country face with great enthusiasm and responsibility the challenge of organizing the festival, which promises to be more special than ever given that this 2022 celebrates its 20th anniversary. It will not be the first time that Armenia hosts an edition of Junior Eurovision, having had the opportunity to do so in 2011, also at the Karen Demirchyan Complex.
Finally, there are 16 European televisions that have confirmed their participation in the festival and will spin the magic (and its luck) in Yerevan, after the ambition and efforts of the organization to have the largest final number of participants, with the aim that this twentieth edition of the children’s contest is remembered as one of the most spectacular of its history. Little by little, we are getting to know more names of the selected artists. Who will be the winner this year?
🇦🇱 Albania (RTSH) – Kejtlin Gjata
🇦🇲 Armenia (AMPTV) – Nare Ghazaryan
🇪🇸 Spain (RTVE) – Carlos Higes
🇫🇷 France (France TV) – Lissandro
🇬🇪Georgia (GPB) – Mariam Bigvava
🇮🇪 Ireland (TG4) – Sophie Lennon
🇮🇹 Italy (RAI) – TBA
🇰🇿 Kazakhstan (Khabar Agency) – David Charlin
🇲🇰 North Macedonia (MKRTV) – Lara, Irina, & Jovan
🇲🇹 Malta (PBS) – Gaia Gambuzza
🇵🇱 Poland (TVP) – Laura Bączkiewicz
🇵🇹 Portugal (RTP) – Nicolas Alves
🇬🇧 United Kingdom (BBC) – Freya Skye
🇷🇸 Serbia (RTS) – Katarina Savić
🇳🇱 The Netherlands (AVROTROS) – Luna
🇺🇦 Ukraine (UA: PBC) – Zlata Dzyunka