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Armenia: Junior Eurovision 2019 participation confirmed

Will Armenia maintain their 100% top 10 streak?

Armenia have now become the latest country to confirm their participation for this year’s Junior Eurovision. This news comes as ARMTV – the Armenian broadcaster – has released a call for song for their national final. Depi Mankakan Evratesil will return for its second edition later this year in order to select their entry.

Armenia’s ARMTV have confirmed their Junior Eurovision participation for the 13th consecutive year. Last year, they reverted to a national selection format following a run of internal-selections. Depi Mankakan Evratesil will return to select their artist and song for the contest. The submissions window is now open, as announced on the Depi Evratesil Instagram page:

Rules for submissions are as follows:

  • The contest is open to Armenian children who will be aged between 9 and 14. However, older contestants must still be under 15 on the 24th of November, the date of JESC 2019.
  • Submitted songs (music and lyrics) cannot have been not be published before May 1st 2019 in accordance to EBU rules.
  • Songs must be longer than two minutes 30 seconds and no longer than three minutes.

A date for the national final has yet to be announced. More information and terms can be found here.

Junior Eurovision 2019

This year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the Gliwice Arena, Poland, on the 24th November 2019. It marks the first time Poland will host a music-based Eurovision event! Last year, Roksana Węgiel brought Poland its first Eurovision-adjacent win with “Anyone I Want To Be”

So far, the following countries have confirmed their intention to participate:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Kazakhstan*
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine
  • Wales

* Although Kazakhstan have stated their intention to participate in the contest, they must be invited by the host broadcaster in order to participate.

Armenia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Armenia debuted at the Junior Eurovision in 2007, when the contest was hosted in Amsterdam. That year, they came second with Arevik’s “Erazanq”, scoring 136 points. Since then, Armenia have participated in every edition of the contest since and are one of the most successful countries in the contest..

In 12 participations, Armenia have yet to miss the top 10. To date, the country has two third-place finishes (2012 and 2014) and four second-place finishes (2007, 2009, 2015 and 2016). They also won the contest in 2010 with Vladimir Arzumanyan’s “Mama”, achieving 120 points.

Last year, Armenia were represented with Levon Galstyan, who won Depi Mankakan Evratesil with “L.E.V.O.N”. In Minsk, he finished ninth out of 20 participants, with 125 points. Although this was still a top 10 finish, this was the country’s lowest placing to date.

Are you happy to see Armenia return? What are your favourite Armenian Junior Eurovision entries? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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