In a statement issued to ESC Kompakt, NDR the national broadcaster of Germany has confirmed their withdrawal from JESC 2022 in Yerevan, Armenia. However, the broadcaster has not ruled out a return in the future.
NDR & KiKA statement on JESC 2022 withdrawal
As countries slowly begin to announce their artists taking part in Yerevan this December, others are stepping away from the contest for the moment. One such nation is Germany, who recently announced a temporary hiatus from participation. In a statement received by German Eurovision site ESC Kompakt, NDR the German broadcaster, confirmed their withdrawal from Junior Eurovision 2022. Among the reasoning is a hint at a creative break to return with fresh ideas, as well as references to the safety aspects of travelling to a country still in a state of active conflict. However the door is open to a return next year. Despite the withdrawal, the Yerevan contest will still air on KiKA as expected.
In the past two years, NDR and KiKA have participated in the Junior ESC with great commitment and great enthusiasm, despite many corona-related adversities. This year we want to take a creative break in consultation with KiKA. This also applies to the fact that the Federal Foreign Office has issued partial travel warnings for Armenia. Next year we want to take part in the JESC again. As usual, JESC will be broadcast from Yerevan on KiKA for all fans.NDR speaking to ESC Kompakt
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 16 countries have declared interest in participating.
- Armenia (Host)
- Georgia – Mariam Bigvava
- Kazakhstan – David Charlin
- North Macedonia – Lara Trpčeska and Irina Davidovska
- Portugal – Nicolas Alves
Germany in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Back in 2020 Germany made their Junior Eurovision debut in Warsaw with Susan holding the honour of being Germany’s first representative, with the entry ‘Stronger With You‘. During the final, Germany placed 12th overall in the competition with 66 points.
Last year Germany selected Pauline with, ‘Imagine Us’ for the Paris final. During the contest they placed 17th overall with 61 points.
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