Three weeks ago we informed you that Eurovision Young Musicians will be back this year but Croatia won’t be hosting the show. It has been decided that Eurovision Young Musicians 2022 will be held in French city, Montpellier and the first information about the date of the show was shared by the Belgian broadcaster RTBF, who revealed that the contest is set for 23rd of July.
More news about the show are coming from Radio France, as they announced that the contest will feature eight countries and they confirmed that the show will take place on 23rd of July in Montpellier. Radio France also revealed that they are organising it in cooperation with France Télévisions as part of Festival de musique Radio France Occitanie Montpellier and they opened the call for the French representative at the contest.
In addition to France the call is open in Belgium the application is available on the following link .Other countries which confirmed their participation are: Czech Republic who will be there for the eight time, their best result was 2nd place in 2016; Poland who won at their debut in 1992 and two times more in 2000 and 2016. Germany who won the contest twice, at it’s inaugural edition in 1982 and 1996, as well as Norway who won the show in 2012. The final of Norwegian selection “Virtuos” is set to take place on 3rd of April the four acts who will compete in the final are: Alma Kraggerud on violin, Sanne Suh Berger playing piano and siblings, Sytske and Bjørg Pas with horn and violin. The winner will receive 100,000 NOK and will wave the Norwegian flag in Montpellier. The show will also feature representatives from the best scoring country at the contest, Austria who has 5 victories, 2 second places and 1 third place in addition to that they also hosted the show most times – six to be precise. They didn’t take part in 2018 and now they are back to the show. The last one is Sweden, who won the show once, back in 2006. Twelve countries have opted not to compete in this year’s edition. The number of countries competing at this years edition of Eurovision Young Musicians is the lowest since the second edition of the competition which was held back in 1984. The show has featured between 11 and 20 countries compete since it’s edition organised back in 2000.
When Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was cancelled the host city was kept but in the case of Eurovision Young Musicians the situation won’t be the same. Zagreb was chosen as the host city of EYM 2020 back in 2019, the venues selected for the show were Zagreb Academy of Music and the King Tomislav Square and the show should’ve taken place between 17th and 21st of June 2020, but it got cancelled due to the pandemic. Broadcasters of 11 countries which should’ve taken part were: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Malta, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden as well as Ukraine who planned their return to the show. The countries which decided to withdraw from the planned EYM 2020 were: Albania, Belgium, Hungary, Israel, San Marino, Spain, United Kingdom as well as the winning country of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, Russia.
The Eurovision Song Contest for Young Musicians is a biennial classical music competition for young people organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It has been held since 1982, when the first edition was held in the city of Manchester (United Kingdom). Since then it has been held continuously. until the 2020 edition. For the 19th edition of the contest, more than 40 countries have participated, and although all the countries that have competed are European, the contest has also been broadcast in other parts of the world such as Australia or Canada. The winner of last EYM held in 2018 was Russian pianist Ivan Bessonov, whose performance is available below.
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