Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011 was the ninth edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and took place in Yerevan, Armenia at the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex. It was the first time in history of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest that the contest was held in the previous year's winning country. Public Television of Armenia ARMTV was the main organizer of the show, being provided financial aid from the European Broadcasting Union made of entrance fees from the participating broadcasters, while Swedish company HD Resources assisted with the technical side of the production.
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011|
|Reach for the top!|
|Final||3 December 2011|
|Venue||Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex, Yerevan, Armenia|
|Directed by||Daniel Jelinek|
|Executive supervisor||Sietse Bakker|
|Executive producer||Levon Simonyan|
|Host broadcaster||Public Television of Armenia (ARMTV)|
|Opening act||Traditional dance performance|
|Interval act||Molly Sanden performing "Spread a Little Light",|
Sirusho performing a remixed version of "Qélé, Qélé",
|Number of entries||13|
|Non-returning countries|| Malta|
|Voting system||Each country awards 1–8, 10, and 12 points to their 10 favourite songs.|
|Nul points||All countries get 12 points from start|
|Winning song|| Georgia |
Thirteen countries participated, with Malta and Serbia withdrawing and Bulgaria returning. The winner was the group Candy from Georgia with the song "Candy Music". Netherlands and Belarus finished in second and third place, respectively. This was Georgia's second victory in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest following a previous victory in 2008.
On 18 January 2011, Armenian national broadcaster ARMTV and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced that the 2011 contest would take place in the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex, in Yerevan. The complex consists of two main halls; the Concerts hall and the Sports hall, in addition to the large foyer, Hayastan conference hall and Argishti hall designated for diplomatic meetings, exhibitions and other events.
Logo and graphic designEdit
In May 2011, ARMTV announced a competition for children to design the official logo of the contest, which was due to be presented on 1 June. However, in the end the logo was designed by a professional teams from ARMTV, the EBU and Studio of Anton Baranov from Belarus, who also designed logo of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010 and was presented on 15 July 2011. The logo depicts equalizer bars in the shape of a mountain, hinting a toy version of the famous Mount Ararat.
The graphics were made by an Icelandic called Guðmundur Þór Kárason who previously worked on the Icelandic children's show LazyTown and was a photographer for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. The postcards were produced and directed by him alongside Arthur Vardanyan.
The logo is vibrant, young and playful. The slogan "Reach For The Top" really reflects the ambition of the contestants, and hopefully inspires a young generation of Armenians to do the same.— Sietse Bakker, Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Voting rules changesEdit
Changes to the voting included that televoting was possible after all songs had been performed, and not from the beginning of the show as in previous years – returning to the rules active in 2003–2005. Each country's spokesperson also announced all the points during their presentation, due to the lower number of participating countries, as it was done in 2003–2004.
On 15 July, the EBU announced that 12 countries would compete in the upcoming contest. San Marino was to compete for the first time, while Latvia, Serbia and Malta withdrew. EBU also had been negotiating with several other countries, including Italy and Spain, but they were not able to confirm their participation due to the shortage of time. On 15 August, it was announced that Bulgaria had joined the list, returning after a two-year absence from the contest. On 9 September, Latvia reversed its decision to withdraw from the contest and would now send a participant. However, on 7 October it was announced that San Marino would not be present in Armenia as they were not able to find a suitable participant in time for the contest, hoping to send an entry to the 2012 edition. Therefore, a total of 13 countries took part in Armenia.
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.— Sietse Bakker, Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Even though rules of Junior Eurovision do not allow participation of returning artists - EBU issued special permission for Russian entry 2011 performed by participant of Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009 Ekaterina Ryabova, which is first similar case in history of the contest. According to Sietse Bakker, EBU coordinator - EBU may also drop this rule completely, starting from 2012. Notably, Ekaterina had also already applied to national preselection in 2010 as well, but was disqualified following the existing rule.
Each country gave their votes through a 50% jury and 50% televoting system, which decided their top ten songs using the points 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1.
|01||Russia||Katya Ryabova||"Romeo and Juliet"||Russian||4||99|
|03||Moldova||Lerika||"No, No"||Romanian, English||6||78|
|04||Armenia||Dalita||"Welcome to Armenia"||Armenian, English||5||85|
|07||Ukraine||Kristall||"Evropa" (Європа)||Ukrainian, English||11||42|
|08||Macedonia||Dorijan Dlaka||"Žimi ovoj frak" (Жими овој фрак)||Macedonian||12||31|
|10||Belarus||Lidiya Zablotskaya||"Angely dobra" (Ангелы добра)||Russian||3||99|
|13||Belgium||Femke||"Een kusje meer"||Dutch||7||64|
Below is a summary of all 12 points received. All countries were given 12 points at the start of voting to ensure that no country finished with nul points; these 12 points were announced by a spokesperson from Australia.
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|3||Georgia||Armenia, Belarus, Lithuania|
|Belarus||Moldova, Russia, Ukraine|
The order in which votes were cast during the 2011 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.
- Russia – Valentin Sadiki
- Latvia – Šarlote Lēnmane
- Moldova – Ştefănel Roşcovan
- Armenia – Razmik Arghajanyan
- Bulgaria – Samuil Sarandev-Sancho
- Lithuania – Dominykas Žvirblis
- Ukraine – Amanda Koenig
- Macedonia – Anja Veterova
- Netherlands – Anna Lagerweij
- Belarus – Anna Kovalyova
- Sweden – Ina-Jane von Herff
- Georgia – Elene Makashvili
- Belgium – Jill & Lauren
Each national broadcaster sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. Details of the commentators and the broadcasting station for which they represented are also included in the table below.
|Armenia||Armenia 1||Artak Vardanyan and Marianna Javakhyan|
|Belarus||Belarus 1||Denis Kuryan|
|Belgium||Eén||Kristien Maes and Tom De Cock|
|Bulgaria||BNT 1||Elena Rosberg and Georgi Kushvaliev|
|Macedonia||MRT 1||Elizabeta Cebova|
|Netherlands||Nederland 3||Marcel Kuijer|
|Sweden||SVT B||Edward af Sillen and Ylva Hällen|
|Australia||SBS One (26 December 2011 and 9 April 2012)||Unknown|||
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||BHRT (delayed)||Unknown|||
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest Yerevan 2011|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||25 November 2011|
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
Junior Eurovision Song Contest Yerevan 2011, is a compilation album put together by the European Broadcasting Union, and was released by Universal Music Group on 25 November 2011. The album features all the songs from the 2011 contest, along with karaoke versions.
- Two songs tied for third-highest score with 99 points, and two other tied for lowest score with 31 points, but the official scoreboard  ranks Belarus as third, Russia as fourth, Macedonia as twelfth and Latvia as thirteenth placer. This is consistent with the tie-breaking rule that the song that received points from the most countries ranks higher in the case of a tie.
- While the Dutch song is sung in Dutch; however, one phrase is sung in English.
- The Georgian song is in Georgian, however the titular English phrase is sung in the chorus.
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