They’re a stalwart of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, having hosted the event twice — in 2009 and 2013. And now Ukraine have confirmed that they will participate in the 2022 edition, which is set to take place in Armenia this December.
Peace, harmony and love — the perennial themes of Junior Eurovision — will resonate even more strongly for Ukraine in 2022 as its people continue to fight for their survival amid Russia’s ongoing war.
The event, long loved and highly popular in Ukraine, will give young people something to look forward to and bit of joy in these darkest of times.
Ukraine: Junior Eurovision 2022 participation confirmed
Here’s the official press release from the Ukrainian broadcaster.
This year Suspilne Ukraine (the public broadcaster of Ukraine) will join the 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Yerevan (Armenia) on 11 December.
Suspilne Ukraine will announce the national selection very soon and invite applications with original songs.
As a reminder, 14-year-old Malena was the winner of the last year’s Contest in Paris featuring 19 contestants. It was Armenia’s second victory in Junior Eurovision. The public broadcaster AMPTV first hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Yerevan in 2011.
Ukraine was represented in Paris by 14-year-old Olena Usenko with her song “Vazhil”. She ended up 6th.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest has been held since 2003 and featured the total of 40 participating countries. Ukraine has been participating in this contest since 2006, won once (Anastasiya Petryk with the song “Nebo” in 2012) and ended up second twice (in 2008 and 2013).
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