Happy, if unconfirmed, news out of Armenia today!
An Armenian media site is reporting that, according to the information it has received from insiders, 14-year-old singer Maléna will be represent the country at this year’s Junior Eurovision. The entry is currently being developed by songwriter TOKIONINE and will be released to the public soon.
Junior Eurovision fans may recall that Maléna was announced as Armenia’s Junior Eurovision representative in 2020, before the country withdrew due to Covid-19 and ongoing violence at the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. She was selected internally, prior to the cancellation. Her song, ‘Why’, was officially released to the public on the same day Junior Eurovision 2020 was held.
TOKIONINE also had a hand in composing ‘Why’. He previously co-wrote Armenia’s 2019 entry, ‘Walking Out’ by Srbuk, and himself competed in the country’s national final for Eurovision 2020. He placed 6th at that year’s Depi Evratesil, with the song ‘Save Me’.
In an Instagram post from November 5, 2020, Maléna announced Armenia’s withdrawal from that year’s Junior Eurovision and promised, “We will come back, stronger than ever”. And, luckily, it looks like her promise is coming true.
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