Last Wednesday, a press conference regarding Junior Eurovision 2023 was held in Nice.
The upcoming contest will be held in Nice, France on the 26th of November 2023.
Part of the press conference included questions from different sources.
One of them was raised by the daily French magazine 20minutes.
The question was about Armenia: Will the country take part in Junior Eurovision 2023?
Martin Österdahl, The Executive Supervisor answered:
As of the moment, there is no definitive answer to this question. The EBU will monitor the evolution of the worrying situation”
Armenia and Azerbaijan Conflict
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is an ethnic and territorial conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is inhabited mostly by ethnic Armenians.
In 2020, the second Nagorno-Karabakh commenced and made Armenia withdraw from Junior Eurovision 2020 (and later on from Eurovision 2021)
Between the 19th and 20th of September 2023, Azerbaijan launched a large-scale military offensive against the self-declared breakaway state of Artsakh, a move that violated the 2020 ceasefire agreement. The offensive occurred in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognized as a part of Azerbaijan but populated by Armenians.
more than half of its population was forced to flee. AFP reports that Armenian authorities have reported the arrival of more than 68,000 displaced people, while the official population of Nagorno-Kabarakh is around 120,000 inhabitants.
Back then, Malena was meant to perform “Why” at Junior Eurovision 2020:
In 2022, Nare represented the country with “Dance!“.
She ended up as the runner-up with a total of 180 points:
Armenia hosted the contest in its capital city, Yerevan:
You can listen to the JESC 2023 playlist (so far) here:
Junior Eurovision 2023 will take place in Nice, France on 26th November 2023.
16 countries will take part in the contest: France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Italy, Albania, North Macedonia, Estonia, Georgia, Poland, The Netherlands, Malta, Ukraine, Ireland, Portugal, and hopefully Armenia.