Just 2 days after Maléna’s sensational win in Paris, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Armenian broadcaster AMPTV announced that the 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Armenia next year. The official date and venue for the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be announced on a later date.
It’s not the first time that Armenia held the Junior Eurovision Contest in their country. In 2010, Vladimir Arzumanyan represented Armenia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with his song Mama. He finished 1st in Minsk, Belarus with a grand total of 120 point. Thanks to his win, the 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Contest was held in Yerevan, Armenia on 3 December. 2011 marked the first time in Junior Eurovision history that the competition was hosted in the previous year’s winning country. 13 countries participated in the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex in Yerevan. Georgia won the contest that year with the girl group Candy.
About the future hosting in 2022 , Hovhannes Movsisyan, CEO of Armenian Public Television said:
‘From the very first day we released Qami Qami we believed in Malena’s victory and were looking forward to hosting this major event. Armenians are very excited about our comeback into the Eurovision family, and even more thrilled to host this spectacular event next year. Welcome to Armenia!’
Maléna’s Junior Eurovision journey already had a rocky road before winning the contest last sunday. In 2020, Maléna had been internally selected to perform Why at the Contest before Armenia decided to withdraw. this year, she came back stronger than ever with a new song called Qami Qami. The song is produced by Tokionine and the lyrics are written by Vahram Petrosyan, Tokionine, Maléna and David Tserunya. Maléna’s song Qami Qami impressed both viewers and juries, earning a grand total of 224 points, which was enough to finish in first place.
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