Armenian broadcaster AMPTV has announced that they will use an audition process to select their 2022 Junior Eurovision representative. The application window has now also been opened and will close on August 1.
What will the audition process look like?
Armenia’s next Junior Eurovision representative can be a solo singer, a duo, or a group. All applicants need to be citizens or residents of Armenia, or of Armenian descent. Those wishing to apply can do this via the Armenian Junior Eurovision site. The audition process consists of two rounds. In the first round, juries will listen to submitted live covers. The second round will see a jury decide which of the 1st round qualifiers should be on the Junior Eurovision stage this year. The winner of the audition process will then have their Junior Eurovision song written for them. When the winner or the song will be revealed is still to be announced.
Who is due to participate in the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest
At the time of writing, 12 countries have confirmed that they will be participating, and how they will be selecting their representative for this year’s contest.
- Armenia (Host Country)
- Georgia – Mariam Bigvava
- North Macedonia – Lara Trpčeska and Irina Davidovska
In addition to the above, Khabar Agency has confirmed its intention to participate. Whether this will come to fruition will be based on whether they will be invited by the EBU.
What we know about the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Shortly after winning the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU and ARMTV have revealed that Armenia will be hosting the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Since then, it was revealed in April 2022, that Yerevan will be hosting the 20th edition of the competition, which will take place on December 11, 2022, at the Karen Demirchyan Complex, which can accommodate up to 8,000 spectators. This will be the second time the venue will host the competition, with the first being in 2011.
Armenia’s Junior Eurovision Journey
Armenia is one of the most successful countries in Junior Eurovision. The Caucasian nation first took part in 2007 and finished in second place, with “Erazanq” performed by Arevik. Following this, Armenia has scored ten top-five results – including a win in 2010, when Vladimir Arzumunyan triumphed in Minsk with his song “Mama”.
In 2021, Maléna represented Armenia after being due to represent the country in 2020. However, due to political reasons, Armenia withdrew – which meant Maléna was able to participate in the following year’s Contest. At the close of voting in Paris, Maléna’s “Qami Qami” came out on top, earning 224 points. This was the second time that Armenia won the Contest, and gives Armenia the right to host the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Yerevan.
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News Source: AMPTV
Photo Credit: EBU / Andres Putting