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Junior Eurovision 2022: 16 Countries Competing in the Contest

It has been confirmed today that 16 countries will be competing in the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Yerevan, Armenia.

This list sees a decrease from last year when 19 countries were hosted by Paris, France.

Among the list of participating countries, there is a return for the United Kingdom who haven’t been present in the contest as an entire country since the 2005 contest. Previously Wales had taken part from 2018-2019 on its own.

Germany, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Russia who were all present in last year’s contest will not be making an appearance for varying reasons.

Martin Osterdahl, Executive Supervisor for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest said the following:

‘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.’

A promo video for the 2022 contest was also released on Junior Eurovision’s social media which revealed this year’s slogan “Spin The Magic”.

The full list of participating countries is as follows:

  1. Albania
  2. Armenia (host country)
  3. France
  4. Georgia
  5. Ireland
  6. Italy
  7. Kazakhstan
  8. Malta
  9. Netherlands
  10. North Macedonia
  11. Poland
  12. Portugal
  13. Serbia
  14. Spain
  15. Ukraine
  16. United Kingdom

The Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex will host Junior Eurovision 2022 on December 11. The same venue also hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2011, which was the first Eurovision event in history to be hosted in Armenia. The venue can host between 6,000 and 8,000 people for large concerts. The venue is only the second to have hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest twice, after Minsk Arena in Belarus.

Image Source: Andres Putting / EBU | Source: JuniorEurovision.tv / EUROVOIX

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