While we continue to see confirm whether or not they will be participating in this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, there is a country, which is unable to say if they will be participating or not, and that is Azerbaijan.
“It is impossible to say whether Azerbaijan will participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Armenia”
Speaking to Modern.az, the Head of the Public Relations department at İctimai Television issued the following statement:
There is no decision on this yet, therefore it is impossible to say whether Azerbaijan will participate in the children’s Eurovision song contest to be held in Armenia
Ever since Armenia won the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, it has been revealed that they will also be hosting the competition in Yerevan on December 11. It has been widely discussed if Azerbaijan will be participating, due to the turbulent relationship between the two nations, which has spilled over to the ‘Eurovision world’. An example of this would be in 2012 when Azerbaijan hosted the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, and Armenia decided to withdraw two months before the contest took place.
However, earlier this year, Eldar Rasulov, which is a member of the Azerbaijani delegation for last year’s contest mentioned that “Regardless of where the competition takes place, we must participate and work for a better result.”, commenting on Azerbaijan’s best placing in Paris. Whether this will come to fruition is yet to be seen.
Azerbaijan’s Junior Eurovision Journey
Azerbaijan joined the Junior Eurovision family in 2012, with Omar and Suada singing “Girls and Boys (Dünya Sənindir)” in Amsterdam. At the close of voting, Azerbaijan finished 11th in a field of 12, earning 49 points. Azerbaijan has since participated three more times in 2013, 2018 and 2021 respectively.
The country’s most recent participation came in 2021 when Sona Azizova performed her song “One of Those Days”. Sona gave Azerbaijan its best placing in its history of participating in the Contest. When voting had finished, Azerbaijan finished in 5th place with 151 points. Of these points, 109 came from professional juries whilst 42 points were attributed from the online public vote.
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News Source: Modern.AZ
Photo Source: EBU/ Andres Putting