Armenian broadcaster AMPTV has confirmed that it has withdrawn from Junior Eurovision 2021.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

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.

What do you think? Are you sad that Armenia is unable to participate this year? Tell us your thoughts below.

Follow all of our Junior Eurovision 2020 news.

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ESC8
ESC8
27 days ago

It was expected but it still is really sad. I hope that in May both Armenia and Azerbaijan will be present in Rotterdam, and I really hope that this conflict will end soon. I’m not gonna talk about politics. I just wish that this situation ends.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
27 days ago

I am sad that Armenia won ‘t participate in this year ‘s Junior ESC. I was expected this news. I hope to see them back next year

Rashad Guliyev
Rashad Guliyev
27 days ago

I don’t think Armenia will be able to join us in Rotterdam either. Armenia is hit hard by the war and Covid and it will take them awhile to get back on their feet. They are running out of Russia-Iran’s free weapons and diaspora’s aid. And they will eventually have to provide housing for the Syrian and Lebanese Armenian refugees that they brought to Karabakh in Yerevan. I heard all the hotels are full there now. Hope they can recover until next year.

esc43
esc43
27 days ago

So Armenia will withdraw from Rotterdam 2021 too

beccaboo1212
27 days ago

David Tserunyan’s Instagram posts concludes:

“Make no mistake, we will come back, stronger than ever.”

James
James
27 days ago

This is saddening but I did thought this was to be expected. Less than a month before the contest with barely any news coming from Armenia plus knowing that state the country is in, I was wondering how the broadcaster would be able to make it work.

Hopefully, they come back next year.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
27 days ago

Unfortunate but can’t say it’s a huge surprise. It’s hard to justify to the people something like JESC participation at a time when you’re inflicting martial law on them.

Joe
Joe
27 days ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I agree, with that long a time spent without saying anything I was pretty unsure she’d actually participate.

Ron
Ron
27 days ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

They’re not “inflicting” martial law…martial law is literally essential for Armenia’s survival right now.

Heyey
Heyey
27 days ago

The fact that David Tserunyan, the Head of delegation for Armenia, confirmed on Instagram that Maléna Fox had already been internally selected for Armenia and that they worked really hard to be present this year despite COVID-19 and the war, makes this so much more sad 🙁 And they will even release Maléna’s song in the near future, so we can see what we would’ve had in the competition :'(( Hope to see Armenia back in 2021!

Last edited 27 days ago by Heyey
Oriol99
Oriol99
27 days ago

I was already expecting the worst news from Armenia. Less than 1 month and nobody knew anything about them. Sometimes politics suck :'(

Whisker
Whisker
27 days ago

What does this martial law mean in practice?

Chessguy99
27 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

The military is in charge of everything. They dictate what businesses can be open, who can be out on the streets. I doubt JESC perpetration is something they would consider an essential activity.

Whisker
Whisker
27 days ago
Reply to  Chessguy99

Thanks.That sounds quite serious.

James
James
27 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Suspension of the country’s writ of habeas corpus, which would allow authorities to do unlawful arrests and imprisonment to detainees and suspected individuals without legal consequence.

Ron
Ron
27 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Martial law was put in place because of the war not because they are trying to violate human rights. The most important aspect of this martial law is all men between 18-55 must be ready to be drafted into the army…

Diabolo
Diabolo
27 days ago

Kinda unrelated to this article, but just a thought of mine: How will the green room work exactly in this year’s JESC? I know the performances have been pre-recorded, but when it’s time for jury voting and a country ___ gets 12 points, how will they show the artist’s reaction? Or when a country wins the competition? Do we get to see their reactions in any way? Are they sitting live on some green room made in their own respective countries? So many questions, yet we are still unsure how it will work out…

Last edited 27 days ago by Diabolo
Esc addict
Esc addict
27 days ago
Reply to  Diabolo

Each delegations and participating singers will be live in small studios in their respective countries during all the show. Then all the reactions will be in live, and about the winning moment I don’t really know how it will work, I think the producers have prepared something for this moment to be memorable.

Diabolo
Diabolo
27 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Alright, I think your point sounds reasonable. I also thought that they might be in some small studios live. I think they might show their pre-recorded performance again after winning maybe? I’ve heard they’re also thinking about announcing the points again in 8, 10 and 12 order so that the voting could last longer. Do we also get rehearsal footage this year or?
To be honest, it will be quite interesting to see how this year’s JESC will turn out.

Last edited 27 days ago by Diabolo
Esc addict
Esc addict
27 days ago
Reply to  Diabolo

About the fact that each delegations will be in live it’s official, for the winning performance I think the same as you.
For the points yeah I’ve heard the same about the 8, 10, 12 points so wait and see.
The rehearsals footage will be released not before the jesc’s week.
But we can except to have surprises and some contents during november.

Last edited 27 days ago by Esc addict
Diabolo
Diabolo
27 days ago

This was expected, but very sad news nonetheless… 🙁

Last edited 27 days ago by Diabolo
Kinga
Kinga
27 days ago

Oh nooo.. Armenia was my favourite last year! I really was looking for their song ??

Esc addict
Esc addict
27 days ago

It’s logical, they can’t act as if nothing happened in their country, as if everything was good, like the belarusian broadcaster is acting without shame….

Erasmus
Erasmus
27 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

well having protests and being in a war is completely different.

Esc addict
Esc addict
27 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

In the case of Belarus not really, they are in war against a dictator and for their liberty… so of course the governement’s tv is acting as if nothing was happening….

Erasmus
Erasmus
27 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

i get your point, but still in Belarus not many people have died because of the protests, that cannot be said for the Nagorno-karabkh war.

Esc addict
Esc addict
27 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

You’re right in terms of number of deaths, but you can’t ignore what is happening in Belarus for that. There was people who died or were injured too. For me there is no a violence scale, as soon as there are violencies it’s not acceptable.

jason
jason
27 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Belarus doesn’t have a martial law imposed in their country while Armenia has one which makes them unable to participate, it’s as simple as that.

Sirius
Sirius
27 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Most people in Belarus neither participate nor support the protests, whatever your media tells. The Yellow Vests protests were way more massive. And yeah 3 people died in protests (it’s their decision to go to protests) while 3’000 died in the war (not their decision to be shelled).

Una
Una
27 days ago

OMG. Way sadder as the reason is not the world pan d e mic. But “ongoing waaaarrr”. Reality hits and love love peeaaace does not mean that much anymore. I am lost for words.

esc2021rotterdam
esc2021rotterdam
27 days ago

I haven’t thought that this year’s jesc could get even worse. I’m definietly not going to watch jesc2020 and I hope that this war will be over until esc2021

Diabolo
Diabolo
27 days ago

On the positive side, it will be easier to rank the songs, as I would’ve imagined that Armenia could’ve come up with a very strong song as they usually have done. Now we just need to choose the 5 best to vote for from the 12 songs.
It will also be more fair, because only 2 songs will not get any points from a jury, but when its for example 20 songs it will mean 10 songs don’t get any points from a jury.

Esc addict
Esc addict
27 days ago
Reply to  Diabolo

You can vote only for 3 countries this year.

Diabolo
Diabolo
27 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Wait really!? 😮 How do you know that?

Last edited 27 days ago by Diabolo
Esc addict
Esc addict
27 days ago
Reply to  Diabolo

You should go on junioreurovision.tv to read the rules of this year 😉

Last edited 27 days ago by Esc addict
Diabolo
Diabolo
27 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

This is what I found in there:

As usual 50% of the result will be decided by juries in each participating country and 50% by an online vote which will open on Friday 27 November. Audiences will be asked to vote for just their 3 favourite songs online rather than 3 to 5 as in previous years.

So yeah, just 3 songs 🙁

Last edited 27 days ago by Diabolo
Diabolo
Diabolo
27 days ago
Reply to  Diabolo

Oh god, it will be difficult to choose just 3 songs…
I really love Belarus, Kazakhstan and Spain, so I think it’s going to be those 3. It could change though when we see the live performances.

Diabolo
Diabolo
27 days ago
Reply to  Diabolo

I also really like France, Germany and Netherlands and also Ukraine and Malta are growing on me a lot, so there will be sad moments…

Last edited 27 days ago by Diabolo
Esc addict
Esc addict
27 days ago
Reply to  Diabolo

Belarus is a good song for sure, and a great singer too but I can’t support them…., I’m waiting for the live perf too to choose my favorites because with the live we have always good and bad surprises.

Diabolo
Diabolo
27 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

I get why you wouldn’t want to vote for Belarus, but for me it’s not about politics at all, but the song and voice alone. And for me Belarus is songwise definitely in the top 3.

Last edited 27 days ago by Diabolo
Esc addict
Esc addict
27 days ago
Reply to  Diabolo

Each person has his own opinion about that, I don’t try to convince somebody, it’s so complicated. It’s a contest where you represent a country, a flag, so unfortunately there’s a political dimension even minimal.

Heyey
Heyey
27 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

JESC should be about unity, friendship and just happy times, not about politics. After all, they’re just children who want to do whay they love and meet new friends

Last edited 27 days ago by Heyey
Diabolo
Diabolo
27 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Yes, I acknowledge the fact that ESC and even JESC have some politics involved in them. After all, we’re talking about countries and competition which automatically means there will be politics involved. The artists represent their country and their flag. That means they want to do their country proud and perform well in the competition. But I, myself, try not to bring politics into Eurovision, but just try to enjoy the music and have fun. Of course it’s sad to see the situation in all over the world and in countries like Belarus and in Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Esc addict
Esc addict
27 days ago
Reply to  Diabolo

It makes sense seeing the number of participating country, 3 songs to choose out of 12, it’s pretty fair.

Diabolo
Diabolo
27 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Yeah, I guess so. But what would be the difference if it would remain to the choose 3 to 5 of your favourite songs?

Last edited 27 days ago by Diabolo
Ixuxu
Ixuxu
27 days ago

Noooo

Alex
Alex
27 days ago

Well that’s not a good sign for ESC 2021 either. Armenia and Azerbaijan may withdraw from Rotterdam if it doesn’t stop.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
27 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Azerbaijan is richer and their country is larger so fighting is never close to baku. They are less affected by a war on Artsakh/qarabag. I think we might see only armenia withdraw again unfortunately.

KESC
KESC
27 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Armenia may, Azerbaijan probably won’t.

Last edited 27 days ago by KESC
esc2021rotterdam
esc2021rotterdam
27 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Actually I think that it’s either both will withdraw or both will stay. If Azerbaijan doesn’t withdraw because of the war so I don’t think Armenia will unless Armenia is very, very but very scared from Azerbaijan.

KESC
KESC
27 days ago

What kind of logic is that?! Why do you have to be scared of another country to withdraw from a competition?! You know that a conflict/war can cause different outcomes in respective countries.
The Armenian broadcaster may be financially weaker than Azerbaijan’s, which can lead to a withdrawal.
Of course, only time will tell, but these are just possibilities.

Last edited 27 days ago by KESC
esc2021rotterdam
esc2021rotterdam
27 days ago
Reply to  KESC

I know, but I was talking in case the war is still on when the time for eurovision comes. It’s a fact that Armenia is more poor than Azerbijan but Armenia really loves eurovision so I don’t think they’ll withdraw. Also, don’t forget that Azerbaijan is also hit very hard by the war, Armenia has bombed 2 Azerbaijani cities. I just hope that these 2 countries can end the war this month.