Singer Maléna holds up an Armenian flag on stage.

At a Friday press conference where Armenian broadcaster AMPTV announced 14-year-old singer Nare as its Junior Eurovision (JESC) representative, the host country also shared additional details about the December contest.

The Opening Ceremony will take place on Monday, December 5 at Republic Square in Yerevan, where the 16 JESC participants will turn on the Christmas tree lights. The Christmas tree lighting ceremony has traditionally taken place on December 25, but the city government made an exception for JESC.

Singer-songwriter Maléna, who won last year’s contest in Paris with the bilingual space-pop song “Qami Qami,” will accompany the JESC acts throughout their time in Yerevan and perform a new song at the contest.

The Armenian delegation also shared that it has invited all of JESC’s past winners to this year’s contest. Though the broadcaster is still in negotiations with some of the artists, this would be the first time in more than decade that JESC winners are brought together at the contest. The last time was in 2010 when Belarus hosted the contest.

Armenia has confirmed that the show will have three presenters, who will be revealed at some point in November.

This year’s participants
Artists and some songs have been announced for every participating nation, except for Italy and the United Kingdom, as of November 1. Here are the confirmed artists competing in JESC 2022:

  • Albania: Kejtlin Gjata – “Pakëz diell”
  • Armenia: Nare
  • France: Lissandro – “Oh Maman!”
  • Georgia: Mariam Bigvava
  • Ireland: Sophie Lennon
  • Kazakhstan: David Charlin
  • Malta: Gaia Gambuzza – “Diamonds in the Skies”
  • Netherlands: Luna – “La festa”
  • North Macedonia: Lara & Irina
  • Poland: Laura Bączkiewicz – “To the Moon”
  • Portugal: Nicolas Alves
  • Serbia: Katarina Savić – “Svet bez granica”
  • Spain: Carlos Higes
  • Ukraine: Zlata Dziunka – “Nezlamna”

How excited are #YOU for JESC 2022? What is your favorite song so far? Who would #YOU like to see as a presenter in December? Sound off in the comments below, in our forum, or on social media @ESCUnited.

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