A member of the Azerbaijani Junior Eurovision delegation has shared his views on whether the nation should continue in the competition.
Azerbaijani Eurovision website 12xal reports that Eldar Rasulov a member of the nation’s delegation has shared their views on whether the country should continue to compete in the contest. Speaking on Television yesterday, they said:
“No matter where the competition takes place, we must participate and work for a better result.” – Eldar Rasulov
Since Armenia has won the right to host the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest there has been much speculation on whether Azerbaijan would return to the contest given the two nations’ tense relationship, which has in the past crossed over into the world of Eurovision.
In 2020, Armenia had been due to compete in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 but due to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), martial law was introduced in Armenia which saw the country forced to withdraw. 13-year old Maléna Fox had been internally selected to represent Armenia in Warsaw with the song “Why“, Maléna would later win the contest in 2021. Armenia also would later withdraw from taking part at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021, due to the same issues.
In 2012 when Azerbaijan was due to host the Eurovision Song Contest, Armenian television withdrew from the competition. AMPTV stated it was not confident that the Azerbaijani authorities would carry out their promise to guarantee the security of the Armenian delegation at the event in Baku.
2021 saw the return of Azerbaijan to Junior Eurovision for the first time since 2018, marking the 4th time the nation has taken part in the contest.
Junior Eurovision 2022
Armenia will host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Armenia will be hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the second time, having first hosted the contest back in 2011. Maléna won the 2021 contest with “Qami Qami” narrowly beating Poland to victory in Paris.
A number of countries have already expressed an interest or confirmed participation:
Image Source: Andres Putting / EBU | Source: 12 Xal
Azerbaijan in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Azerbaijan debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest at the 2012 contest in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The nation had previously attempted to take part in the contest in 2008 but withdrew before the competition took place. The countries record in the contest was not as strong as in the Eurovision Song Contest. Azerbaijan’s best result came in 2013 on their last appearance in the contest where Rustam Karimov placed 7th with the song “Me and My Guitar”. Azerbaijan withdrew from the contest in 2014 for unspecified reasons.