The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Armenian broadcaster AMPTV are pleased to announce that the 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex, in Yerevan, Armenia, on Sunday 11 December.
This follows Maléna’s sensational win in Paris with her whirlwind of a song Qami Qami.
Hovhannes Movsisyan, CEO of Armenian Public Television said:
‘It is an honour to host the 20th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Yerevan – one of the most ancient and iconic cities in the world.
We are excited to work together with the EBU and our partners from public service media across Europe to create an unforgettable journey for our young talents and a state of the art television show for millions of viewers all over the globe.
We will spare no effort to make sure that we create magic for the young participants and viewers, and we look forward to welcoming you all to Yerevan later this year.’
This will be the second occasion that Yerevan hosts the Contest, having done so in 2011, after Vladimir Arzumanyan won the previous year with his song Mama. In fact, Armenia is one of the most successful countries in the history of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, having entered on 14 occasions and never finishing lower than 9th.
A commitment to the show that Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, notes:
'Armenia’s cool, classy and contemporary winning song set a new standard for Junior Eurovision, and we’ve no doubt that excellence will be reflected in the quality of show AMPTV are producing in this special anniversary year.
We look forward to working with our colleagues in Armenia, and can’t wait for them to showcase the unparalleled enthusiasm and passion that we know Yerevan has for Junior Eurovision.’
More details about the event will be released in the coming months.