RAI the national broadcaster of Italy has confirmed their participation for JESC 2022 in Yerevan, Armenia. As well as this, RAI has revealed a change in broadcaster, from RAI Gulp to RAI 1.
Italy switch broadcaster for JESC 2022
Since 2014 the junior Italian broadcaster Rai Gulp, dedicated to youth content and programming has taken responsibility for Italy’s participation in Junior Eurovision. However in light of Italy’s increased success in both Junior Eurovision and Eurovision itself, the Director of RAI Ragazzi wants to expand the reach to wider Italian audiences.
We are satisfied with the work done over the years by Rai Ragazzi, Rai Yoyo and Rai Play Kids, but now is the time to introduce the general public to this event.Luca Milano, (Director of RAI Ragazzi)
From now on, RAI 1 will be in charge of selecting the entry and broadcasting the show. As yet no details have been announced for the 2022 selection process.
Junior Eurovision 2022
The 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on December 11th in the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concert Complex in Yerevan, Armenia. This will be the second time that Yerevan will host the competition, after their previous hosting in 2011. So far a total of 15 countries have declared interesting in participating.
- Armenia (Host)
- Georgia – Mariam Bigvava
- North Macedonia – Lara Trpčeska and Irina Davidovska
While Kazakhstan has expressed a desire to compete in JESC again this year, their participation is awaiting approval by the European Broadcasting Union, as they are only an associate member of the EBU.
Italy in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Back in 2014 the Mediterranean nation made their Junior Eurovision Song Contest debut in Malta with Vincenzo Cantiello and the entry, ‘Tu primo grande amore’. A successful start resulted in victory at the first attempt with 159 points. Thus Italy is the only country besides Croatia in the first edition, to win on their debut.
Last year Italy selected Elisabeth Lizza with, ‘Specchio (Mirror On The Wall)’ for the Paris final. During the contest she placed 10th overall with 107 points.
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