Gohar Gasparyan the Head of Delegation for Armenia has stated that withdrawal from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is possible.
In an interview News.am at the start of December, Ms Gasparyan revealed that the Armenian delegation is not satisfied with the way the voting was handled at Junior Eurovision 2017. Following the contest Ms Gasparyan posted on her Instagram calling for an investigation into the competition.
At this years contest in Tbilisi, online voting was introduced to the contest enabling anyone in the world to vote for between 3 and 5 songs. Online voting was open from the Friday evening before the show and 5 minutes before the final. The voting then re-opened during the show for 20 minutes, however during the show the voting platform was overwhelmed and crashed.
The EBU stated that over 300,000 votes were revealed from across the globe, however the Armenian Head of Delegation stated that this figure is too small and not representative of the audiences views due to voting being done online. In response to the delegation’s dissatisfaction Ms Gasparyan has stated that the delegation will re-evaluate whether Armenia will continue to participate in Junior Eurovision.
Gohar Gasparyan has been involved in both the Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest for a number of years. In 2011 she was one of two hosts of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and Ian a current member of the Steering Group for the competition.
Armenia was represented by Misha at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi. He performed “Boomerang” finishing in sixth place with a total of 148 points.
Armenia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Armenia debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, and have had 12 entries to date. The country is one of the most successful in the history of the contest, placing in the top 3 on 7 occasions, and winning once in 2010. Their victory came from Vladimir Arzumanyan with his song “Mama”, which received 120 points. Armenia then went on to host the contest on home soil in Yerevan in 2011. Their debut was almost as successful, as Arevik and her song “Erazanq” was just 1 point off the winning score. Their worst result comes from their 2008 entry “Im Ergi Hnchyune”, sung by Monica Manucharova, which placed 8th overall with 59 points. Armenia has been present at every contest since their debut.