On Sunday, Armenia managed to score its second victory at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with their entry “Qami Qami” by Malena. A couple of days after the contest, it has been confirmed that Armenia will be the host of the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Planning a very special anniversary show
This will be the second occasion that Armenia will be hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest (the first being in 2011). Upon the announcement, Martin Österdahl, the Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest had the following to say:
‘Armenia’s cool, classy, contemporary winner set a new standard for the competition. Their enthusiasm for the event is unmatched and we are excited that AMPTV want to host the 20th edition of the JESC next year. We look forward to working with them on planning a very special anniversary edition of the show.’
In their part, the EBU’s Director General Noel Curran also mentioned:
‘We were thrilled to see Armenia win their 2nd Junior Eurovision in Paris this weekend and congratulate Maléna and AMPTV’s hard working delegation on their stunning victory. We welcome the enthusiasm from our Armenian member for hosting the 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest and are anticipating a great collaboration between the EBU and AMPTV over the coming months.’
Finally, the host broadcaster AMPTV’s CEO Hovhannes Movsisyan had the following to say.
‘From the very first day we released Qami Qami we believed in Malena’s victory and were looking forward to hosting this major event. Armenians are very excited about our comeback into the Eurovision family, and even more thrilled to host this spectacular event next year. Welcome to Armenia!’
The date of the 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest, is set to be revealed in the coming months.
Armenia’s Junior Eurovision Journey
In 2007, Armenia made its debut in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Arevik and the song “Erazanq” (Երազանք) which place 2nd. Since their debut, Armenia has participated 14 times, won the competition once (2010), and even hosted in Yerevan in 2011.
In 2021, Armenia was represented by Maléna (who was due to represent the country in 2020) with the song “Qami Qami”, which won the competition after receiving 224 points from the jury and online voting.
News Source: EBU
Photo Source: Andres Putting / EBU