Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011
"Reach for the top!"
|Final date||3 December 2011|
|Venue||Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex, Yerevan, Armenia|
|Presenter(s)||Gohar Gasparyan and
|Executive supervisor||Sietse Bakker|
|Host broadcaster||Public Television of Armenia (ARMTV)|
|Number of entries||13|
|Withdrawing countries|| Malta
|Voting system||Citizens of each participating country vote by telephone and SMS message, which counts for 50%, while a jury in each country also has a 50% say in the outcome. Each country's 10 favourites are awarded 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points.|
|Nul points||All countries get 12 points from start|
|Winning song|| Georgia
|Junior Eurovision Song Contest|
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011 was the ninth edition of the 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 last 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.
Logo and graphic design
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 to the famous Mount Ararat.
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 changes
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.
|Draw ||Country||Language||Artist ||Song||English translation||Place [note 1]||Points|
|01||Russia||Russian||Katya Ryabova||"Like Romeo and Juliet"
|02||Latvia||Latvian||Amanda Bašmakova||"Mēness suns"||"Moondog"||13||31|
|03||Moldova||Romanian, English||Lerika||"No, No"||—||6||78|
|04||Armenia||Armenian, English||Dalita||"Welcome to Armenia"||—||5||85|
|08||Macedonia||Macedonian||Dorijan Dlaka||"Žimi ovoj frak" (Жими овој фрак)||"I Swear By This Tailcoat"||12||31|
|10||Belarus||Russian||Lidiya Zablotskaya||"Angely dobra" (Ангелы добра)||"Angels of Goodness"||3||99|
|12||Georgia||Georgian, English||Candy||"Candy Music"||-||1||108|
|13||Belgium||Flemish||Femke||"Een kusje meer"||"One More Kiss"||7||64|
- 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.
|3||Georgia||Armenia, Lithuania, Belarus|
|Belarus||Russia, Moldova, Ukraine|
- All countries were given 12 points at the start of voting, therefore no country got nul points. These 12 points were announced by a spokesperson from Australia.
Voting and international broadcasts
- Armenia - Artak Vardanyan and Marianna (Armenia 1)
- Netherlands - Marcel Kuijer (Nederland 3)
- Belgium - Kristien Maes and Tom De Cock (Eén)
- Sweden - Edvard Af Sillen and Ylva Hällen
- Russia - Olga Shelest
- Ukraine - Timur Miroshnychenko
- Australia - Australia broadcast the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011 on SBS One on 26 December 2011. Australia also gave every country 12 points to start with. The show was broadcast again on 9 April 2012.
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- 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
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