We are getting closer to finding out the final number of countries participating in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Today, we found out that Germany (who participated in last year’s contest) will not be participating in Yerevan.
Taking a creative break & partial travel warnings for Armenia are cited as reasons
The news of Germany’s non-participation in this year’s competition was revealed by KiKA, where they mentioned that despite participating for the last two years with great commitment and enthusiasm, they will not be participating in this year’s contest.
KiKA mentioned that they will be taking a ‘creative break’ for this year and that their decision is also due to the partial travel warning for Armenia, which was issued by Germany’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Despite this, Germany is aiming to return to the competition in 2023.
Even though Germany will not be in Yerevan competing in this year’s competition, they have confirmed that KiKA will air this year’s competition.
Germany’s Junior Eurovision Journey
Germany was originally due to join the Junior Eurovision family in the initial edition of the Contest, but unexpectedly withdraw. This also happened in 2004, when Germany withdrew ahead of the Contest in Lillehammer. It wasn’t until 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that Germany first participated in a Junior Eurovision event. Germany has participated on two occasions, the first being 2020 – when Susan performed “Stronger With You”, finishing 12th in a field of 12.
Germany’s most recent participation came in 2021 when Pauline represented the nation in Paris with her song “Imagine Us”. Performing first in the running order, Germany would finish in 17th place out of 19 performers. Germany received a total of 61 points, 15 from professional juries and the remaining 46 from the online vote.
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News Source: KiKA
Photo Credit: EBU / Andres Putting