As time progresses, more and more countries reveal if whether or not they will be participating in the 2023 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Another country that would not be present for this year’s competition is Azerbaijan.
No reason given for Azerbaijan’s non-participation
The country’s non-participation was confirmed to Eurofestivales, with İctimai Television not revealing the reason as to why they will not be participating in this year’s competition. Azerbaijan’s non-participation will see them miss the competition for the 2nd year in a row. Azerbaijan has not participated since 2021 when the contest took place in Paris.
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” at La Seine Musicale in Paris. Sona gave Azerbaijan its best placing in its history of participating the 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: Eurofestivales
Photo Credit: EBU/Andres Putting