Junior Eurovision 2022: 20th edition set for December 11 in Yerevan
The EBU has announced that the 20th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is set to take place in Yerevan, Armenia on December 11, 2022.
EBU has confirmed that Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia, will be the host city of Junior Eurovision 2022. The 20th edition of the compeittion will take place on December 11 at the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex.
This marks the second time Yerevan and the specific venue will be hosting the contest. Back in 2011 the competition took place in the same venue.
Hovhannes Movsisyan, CEO of Armenian Public Television said:
‘It is an honour to host the 20th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Yerevan – one of the most ancient and iconic cities in the world.
We are excited to work together with the EBU and our partners from public service media across Europe to create an unforgettable journey for our young talents and a state of the art television show for millions of viewers all over the globe.
We will spare no effort to make sure that we create magic for the young participants and viewers, and we look forward to welcoming you all to Yerevan later this year.’
Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, stated:
'Armenia’s cool, classy and contemporary winning song set a new standard for Junior Eurovision, and we’ve no doubt that excellence will be reflected in the quality of show AMPTV are producing in this special anniversary year.
We look forward to working with our colleagues in Armenia, and can’t wait for them to showcase the unparalleled enthusiasm and passion that we know Yerevan has for Junior Eurovision.’
About the venue
Officially Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex also known as Demirchyan Arena, Sports & Music Complex, or simply Hamalir (for complex in Armenian), is a large sports and concert complex with 184 stairs leading up Tsitsernakaberd hill which dominates over the western parts of Yerevan, near the Hrazdan River gorge.
It is also familiar to the Eurovision audience as it hosted the Junior Eurovision 2011 when Armenia. In August 2015 the government of Armenia decided to sell the complex to a private firm with plans to renovate the complex and turn it into a "family-oriented center".
The complex has a unique design, an outside view of the whole construction reminds the shape a big bird opening its wings. Its architectural concepts include a turning tribune of 1,008 seats, that can rapidly connect the two big halls to reveal additional seating
The complex consists of the following halls:
- The main arena used for sporting events and concerts with a capacity of 6,000 seats, expandable to 8,800 seats.
- The concerts hall with a capacity 1,900 seats.
- The sports hall with a capacity of 2,000 seats.
- Hayastan conference hall.
- Argishti hall for diplomatic meetings,
- Large foyer used for exhibitions and other events.
Armenia in Junior Eurovision
Armenia participated first time in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. The country has scored remarkable successive results as it has achieved a top 3 placing 7 times . Armenia won the contest back in 2010 with Vladimir Arzumanyan with his song Mama. Even on their first participation, the country almost won the competition with Arevik and her song Erazanq which finshed just one point from the top. The worst result came in 2008 with the entry Im Ergi Hnchyune, performed by Monica Manucharova, who finished 8th.
In 2018 national final winner, L.E.V.O.N, represented the country with his entry L.E.V.O.N which finished 9th in the final that took place at Minsk Arena, Belarus. Last year the landlocked country was represented by Karina Ignatyan and her song 'Colours of your Dream' which finished 9th with 115 points.
After 13 editions of consecutive appearances in Junior Eurovision, since 2007 they debuted in the contest, Armenia withdrew for the first time in 2020 from the competition due to the ongoing conflict in Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) and the martial law imposed in the country.
Armenia will be hosting the next edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest after last year's victorious participation in Paris with Malena Fox who brought the trophy home sinigng 'Qami Qami'.
News Source: Junioreurovision.tv