We finally have it, the EBU has finally revealed the full list of participants for the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which is set to be held on the 11th of December 2022 in Yerevan, Armenia.
For a long time, the question was, who and who won’t participate, in the upcoming contest. Well, now we have the answer, and the answer is 16 countries will in the end, make the trip to Armenia.
These are the 16 participating nations for the 2022 edition:
- 🇦🇱 Albania (RTSH)
- 🇦🇲 Armenia (AMPTV)
- 🇫🇷 France (France TV)
- 🇬🇪 Georgia (GPB)
- 🇮🇪 Ireland (TG4)
- 🇮🇹 Italy (RAI)
- 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan (Khabar Agency)
- 🇲🇹 Malta (PBS)
- 🇳🇱 Netherlands (AVROTROS)
- 🇲🇰 North Macedonia (MKRTV)
- 🇵🇱 Poland (TVP)
- 🇵🇹 Portugal (RTP)
- 🇷🇸 Serbia (RTS)
- 🇪🇸 Spain (TVE)
- 🇬🇧 United Kingdom (BBC)
- 🇺🇦 Ukraine (UA:PBC)
After a quick look on the list of participants, 15 of the countries took part last year in Paris, and are delighted to once again take part. Then there is the one big surprise and 16th country on the list, which is the United Kingdom, who has decided to make their return for the first time since 2005.
Unfortunately, that also means that some countries have decided to withdraw from the competition. Among them are Bulgaria, who first and originally announced that they would indeed participate, but must have withdrawn their wish to participate at a later point. Then there is also Germany, who did announce that they would take a break from the competition, but also stated their withdraw for security reasons. The last two withdrawn countries are Azerbaijan and Russia, which are both very self explanatory, with the former haven’t given any official reasons at all and the former being ineligible to participate completely.
Spin The Magic
That’s not all! The slogan and artwork has also been revealed along with the full participants lists. The slogan will be “Spin The Magic” and the artwork is even based on this slogan. On the artwork we can see a spinning top, usefully a popular toy among children, which when put in motion will emit lights and glitter. A very simple and clever concept, with an Armenian twist to it.
CEO of Public TV of Armenia and this year’s host broadcaster, Hovhannes Movsisyan, had the following to say:
- ‘It was very important for us to choose a symbol that would reflect the magic of the competition, and the 20th spin of Junior Eurovision that would unite all the children taking part.’
‘I am convinced that everyone has fond memories about this toy. While developing the idea, we realized that a lot of countries have spinning tops, each of them unique. This perfectly reflects the values of Junior Eurovision – everyone is united around the idea of magic, music and joy, and at the same time presenting a different song and performance.‘
Executive Supervisor of the contest, Martin Österdahl, also had some words to share:
- ‘We’re delighted to be welcoming talented young artists from 16 countries this year to Yerevan for the 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
It’s exciting to be returning to the Armenian capital for the first time in over a decade to “Spin The Magic” on this special anniversary – and welcoming back the United Kingdom to the competition, our host country for Eurovision 2023.
There’s so much energy, passion and creativity from our colleagues at AMPTV and we can’t wait to see a spectacular show in December.’
Armenia was selected as the host country for this year’s competition, after Maléna secured the country their second win in the competition last year in Paris, with her song “Qami Qami“.
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