November 5, 2020 - 20:53 AMT
Armenia withdraws from Junior Eurovision 2020

Armenia will not be participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020, the country's Public TV company said Thursday, November 5.

"Given the current situation, the military aggression started against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), and the Covid pandemic, the Public TV of Armenia has decided to withdraw from the Junior Eurovision 2020 International Song Contest, organized by the EBU," the Public TV said.

The creative crew of the Public TV had chosen 13-year-old Malena as a participant of this year's contest.

Martin Österdahl, the Executive Director of the Eurovision and Junior Eurovision contests said: "Armenia is one of the successful competitors, having participated in 13 previous contests and never finished outside the top 10. We understand the reasons for their withdrawal, but it’s very sad news and they will be missed. We hope to welcome them back in 2021.”

The contest will take place on November 29, 2020, in Warsaw, Poland. Because of the pandemic for the first time in history the Junior Eurovision will have a modified format: the participants' performances will be recorded and broadcast as a TV show.

Azerbaijan, with help from Turkey and terrorist mercenaries deployed by Ankara, started a war against Karabakh (Artsakh) in the morning of September 27. The Armenian side has reported deaths and injuries both among the civilian population and the military. Foreign and local journalists too have been injured in Azeri shelling of towns and villages.