The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and its Armenian Member AMPTV are pleased to announce that the 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest (JESC) will be staged in Armenia next year following their win in the 2021 competition in Paris on Sunday 19 December.
Qami Qami, sung by 14-year-old Maléna from Yerevan, won the 19th Junior Eurovision Song Contest with 224 points after an exciting show which saw artists from 19 countries compete to take home the trophy.
It is Armenia’s second victory in the competition and 2022 will see the country host Junior Eurovision for the second time after AMPTV staged the competition in Yerevan in 2011 following their triumph the previous year.
Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, said:
'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.'
EBU Director General Noel Curran added:
'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.'
Hovhannes Movsisyan, CEO of Armenian Public Television said:
'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 and the venue for the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be confirmed in the coming months.
The 2021 competition, produced by France Télévisions, can be watched online here.