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The Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast on the BBC for the first time in the competition’s history, it was announced today.

Armenia will play host to the event following Maléna’s winning performance in 2021 with Qami Qami.

The Contest for talented youngsters aged between 9 and 14 will take place on Sunday, December 11th 2022. The winner will be determined by national juries and global online voting.

The process to select the act and song is now underway and is being led by CBBC with BBC Studios Entertainment and Music.

The act and song representing the UK will be announced in due course.

The news follows the announcement in July that the BBC will host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom on behalf of Ukraine. This year’s UK entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest Sam Ryder came second place with his uplifting pop song, SPACE MAN. It marked the first time in 20 years that the UK has placed in the top three.

Patricia Hidalgo, Director BBC Children’s and Education, says: “We are beyond excited to bring the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to the BBC for the first time, and to showcase the diverse young musical talent from across Europe for children and their families to discover and enjoy together...

"This junior version of Eurovision will undoubtedly encapsulate the same spirit of unity that the adult contest brings, reflecting the heart of what CBBC is all about, an inclusive channel that celebrates the diversity and creativity in all children...

"I can’t wait to unveil our own musical talent who will proudly represent the UK.”

Further details, including who will be commentating for the UK, will be announced in due course.


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