The final of the 20th Junior Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Yerevan, Armenia on Sunday, 11 December. The contest sees talented youngsters (aged 9-14) chosen to represent their countries take to the stage to compete with a brand-new song. The winner will be determined by points awarded through national juries and global online public voting.
This year the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast on the BBC for the first time in the competition's history. A BBC Studios production commissioned by CBBC, it will be simulcast on BBC One, CBBC and iPlayer on 11 December from 3 to 5.30pm with UK presenters Lauren Layfield and HRVY providing commentary live from dock10 studios.
Armenia is hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following Maléna's winning performance in 2021 with her song ‘Qami Qami’. The competition was first held in Copenhagen, Denmark in November 2003, being based on a Scandinavian song festival for children, Melodi Grand Prix Nordic. Sixteen countries competed, with Croatia's Dino Jelušić taking the title with his song ‘Ti si moja prva ljubav’ (You Are My First Love).
Over the years, a total of 39 countries have competed in the competition. The UK took part in the inaugural Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Tom Morley's ‘My Song For The World’ achieving a score of 118 points to finish in third place out of 16 participating entries.