- Host broadcaster: AMPTV
- Venue: Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex (Yerevan, Armenia)
- Date: 11 de dezembro
- Hosts: Iveta Mukucyan, Garik Papoyan, Karina Ignatyan and Robin The Robot
- Executive supervisor: Martin Österdahl
- Executive production: David Tserunyan
- Slogan: Spin the Magic
- Competing countries: 16
- Returning country: United Kingdom
- Non-returning countries: Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Germany and Russia
- Interval act: 11 previous winners of the JESC + Tavush Diocese Children’s Choir
- Interval act: Rosa Linn
- Interval act: Maléna, with her new song Can’t Feel Anything
For the second time in history, JESC takes place in Yerevan and at the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex. Following what has become usual in recent years, last year’s winning country – in this case Armenia – was chosen to host the subsequent edition. AMPTV is the host broadcaster, having appointed David Tserunyan as the executive producer. Martin Österdahl is the executive supervisor from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Iveta Mukuchyan, Garik Papoyan, Karina Ignatyan and Robin the Robot are the hosts. Iveta Mukuchyan represented Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2016, while Garik Papoyan is an actor, writer and comedian who wrote the song Not Alone: with which Aram MP3 took Armenia to the fourth place at ESC 2014. Karina Ignatyan returns to JESC, now as a host after having represented Armenia in 2019. Robin the Robot joins the three humans, being the first AI to host JESC.
In addition to the 16 contestants, some guest artists will be on stage: 11 past winners of JESC with their winning songs. The Tavush Diocese Children’s Choir will perform the songs of the past winners who cannot be present. Rosa Linn and Maléna, who represented Armenia at ESC 2022 and JESC 2021 respectively, complete the line-up of guest artists for the interval acts.
As for the format, there isn’t any news: the results will be defined once again by the national juries and by the online public voting, each one counting 50 per cent. It’s possible to vote for own country. The online voting will take place in a first phase from 20:00 (CET) on December 9th 2022 until 15:59 on Decemeber 11th. It will reopen in a second phase after the all the performances for another 15 minutes.
The opening ceremony took place on December 5th at Republic Square in Yerevan (Armenia). It brought together the 16 contestants, featuring a music and dance show that included performances by former JESC winners.
JESC 2022 slogan is Spin the Magic, while the logo is a spinning top with traditional patterns of Armenian culture and the colors of the country’s flag.
The goal was to have a visual identity “that would reflect the magic of the competition, and the 20th spin of Junior Eurovision”, according to AMPTV’s executive-director, Hovhannes Movsisyan.
In 2021, JESC had 19 participating countries, but this year were three less: Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Germany and Russia left (in Russia’s case, it was forced due to the exclusion from the European Broadcaster Union because of the war in Ukraine).
Only the United Kingdom returned, after a long absence. Thus, there are 16 countries in the competition.
(Click on song titles to watch the videoclips)
- Netherlands/Luna – La Festa
- Poland/Laura – To The Moon
- Kazakhstan/David Charlin – Jer-Ana
- Malta/Gaia Gambuzza – Diamonds In The Skies
- Italy:/Chanel Dilecta – BLA BLA BLA
- France/Lissandro – Oh Maman!
- Albania/Kejtlin Gjata – Pakëz Diell
- Georgia/Mariam Bigvava – I Believe
- Ireland/Sophie Lennon – Solas
- North Macedonia/Lara feat. Jovan & Irina – Životot E Pred Mene
- Spain/Carlos Higes – Señorita
- United Kingdom/Freya Skye – Lose My Head
- Portugal/Nicolas Alves – Anos 70
- Serbia/Katarina Savić – Svet Bez Granica
- Armenia/Nare – DANCE!
- Ukraine/Zlata Dziunka – Nezlamna (Unbreakable)
(Last update: December 10, 2022)