Armenian broadcaster AMPTV has confirmed that it has withdrawn from Junior Eurovision 2021. The broadcaster is unable to continue with its Junior Eurovision preparations due to the introduction of martial law in the region.
The news was confirmed with a statement on the official Junior Eurovision website.
In the statement, Armenia’s reason for withdrawing is described as being “due to the introduction of martial law in the region” as a result of the ongoing conflict with Azerbaijan.
The new Executive Supervisor of Junior Eurovision, Martin Österdahl said:
“Armenia is one of Junior Eurovision’s most successful competitors, having participated in 13 previous contests and never finished outside the top 10. We understand the reasons for their withdrawal, but it’s very sad news and they will be missed. We hope to welcome them back in 2021.”
While many participating countries have already selected their Junior Eurovision 2020 act, Armenia had not yet reached that stage.
Armenia made its debut at Junior Eurovision 2007 and have competed every year since. In that time, Armenia has finished third twice, placed second four times and won the contest in 2010 with Vladimir Arzumanyan’s “Mama”. Armenia hosted the contest the following year in Yerevan.
12 countries will participate at Junior Eurovision 2020
After Armenia’s withdrawal, 12 countries will participate at Junior Eurovision 2020. Twelve is still the lowest number of competing countries at a Junior Eurovision, equalled by JESC 2012 and 2013 — though those contests did not take place during a pandemic or a time of conflict.
As well as Armenia’s withdrawal, seven regular countries won’t be in the contest this year due to uncertainty from the Covid-19 pandemic. Taking this year off are: Albania, Australia, Ireland, Italy, North Macedonia, Portugal and Wales.
Junior Eurovision 2020: The 12 participating countries
- 🇧🇾 Belarus: Arina Pehtereva “Aliens”
- 🇫🇷 France: Valentina “J’imagine”
- 🇬🇪 Georgia: TBD
- 🇩🇪 Germany: Susan “Stronger With You”
- 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan: Karakat Bashanova “Forever”
- 🇲🇹 Malta: Chanel Monseigneur “Chasing Sunsets”
- 🇳🇱 Netherlands: Unity “Best Friends”
- 🇵🇱 Poland: Alicja Tracz “I’ll Be Standing”
- 🇷🇺 Russia: Sofia Feskova “My New Day”
- 🇷🇸 Serbia: Petar Aničić “Heartbeat”
- 🇪🇸 Spain: Soleá “Palante”
- 🇺🇦 Ukraine: Oleksandr Balabanov “Vidkryvai (Open Up)”
Preparations for Junior Eurovision 2020 are now underway. Many countries have already filmed their pre-recorded performances which will be incorporated into the live show on 29 November.
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