An unusually long time has passed and the German committee for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Yerevan has been silent. When the organizing committee was last asked in June, it was still unclear whether Germany would participate in Junior Eurovision this year. Now the decision has been made. Officials have decided not to take part in Junior Eurovision this year, so Germany will have to wait another year for its third participation in the Junior Song Contest (first participation in 2020 and then in 2021).
The statement of the broadcasters responsible for Germany’s participation, NDR and KiKA, is as follows:
“For the past two years, NDR and KiKA have participated in Junior Eurovision with great dedication and enthusiasm, despite the many adversities related to the coronavirus. This year, in consultation with KiKA, we want to take a creative break. This also applies to the fact that the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued some travel warnings for Armenia. Next year we want to take part in Junior Eurovision again. As usual, Junior Eurovision will be broadcast live from Yerevan on KiKA for all fans.”
After two Junior Eurovision entries with Susan (JESC 2020) and Pauline (JESC 2021), NDR and KiKA decided not to take part in the 2022 contest. The statement “creative break” suggests that the next German entry in Junior Eurovision will be different from the last two times. This could mean, for example, that the selection process for the German act and German song to be revised. There have been a lot of speculations about recreating KiKA’s successful “Dein Song” selection process, however it is very likely that the planning here will take some time. According to the statement, the fact that Germany wants to return to the Competition next year, i.e. 2023, seems to be well planned.
Germany participated in 2021 with the song “Imagine Us” by Pauline:
In addition, the German delegation also referred to the security situation in the host country, Armenia, when they decided to not take part in the contest. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when traveling to the country you must observe the following:
“There is currently a travel warning in place across the entire border region with Azerbaijan and the Nagorno-Karabakh region. There are protests all over the country in Armenia, especially in Yerevan. Avoid protests and large crowds of people over a wide area.”
From this point of view, the decision is perhaps understandable (especially in a children’s competition), although this reason played a rather secondary role and the “creative break” was more decisive for this decision.
Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022!