YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—Armenia has been selected to host the 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Competition, the European Broadcasting Union announced on Tuesday. The international event will be held on December 3 at the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concert Complex in Yerevan.
Armenia won the right to host the 9th iteration of the contest after a competitive biding process judged by the competition’s Steering Group. Armenia’s Public Television Company (AMPTV) was also given exclusive rights to be the event’s host broadcaster.
“Armenia has enough resources to organize a luxurious show in Yerevan,” Gagik Buniatyan, the director of Armenian Public Television, told a press conference Tuesday.
“Together with AMPTV, we are eager to put together the coolest Junior Eurovision Song Contest that Europe has seen so far. The event is extremely popular in Armenia and their strong bid gave us the confidence they will be capable to put together a great show,” said Sietse Bakker, the supervisor of the contest on behalf of the EBU.
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest was established in 2003. In 2010, the contest was broadcast live from Minsk, Belarus, where young talents between 10 and 15 from 14 nations showed their skills. The contest was aired in Australia as well. For more information, visitwww.junioreurovision.tv.
Armenia won the 2010 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, defeating Russia, Serbia, Georgia, and Belarus.