Armenia’s national broadcasters have announced that 13 year olds Anahit and Mary will represent the nation at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Malta. The two were chosen after what ARMTV call a “careful internal selection”.
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Anahit is 13 years old. Despite the fact that she was born in Sochi (Russia), she has a very strong connection to her motherland – Armenia. Anahit has been singing since she was a little child. As a professional, she started her career in 2013, when she participated in Russia’s “The Voice: Kids” and composer Igor Krutoy’s “Battle of talents” music competitions. Anahit has been watching JESC for many years. She is a big fan, and it was always her dream to sing on the big european stage. “I’m very honoured and happy to be given a chance to represent Armenia at this year’s Junior Eurovision! I can’t wait to share the stage with Mary. I’m sure we are going to have a blast!” – says Anahit.
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Mary is also 13 years old and was born in Vardenis, Armenia. In 2011 she started her studies at the “Do – Re – Mi” vocal school and since then has participated in numerous music competitions and festivals, both in Armenia and abroad. In 2015 she took the grand prix in “Renaissance” international music festival. “I’ve always dreamed of singing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. I can’t believe that my dream is finally coming true! I’m very excited, and I promise that me and Anahit are going to do our best to impress everyone this November!” – says Mary.
David Yserunyan, the head of press for Public Television Company of Armenia, confirms that the song chosen to represent the country will be premiered during Autumn.
Armenia confirmed their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 on July 21st.
Taking part in the contest every year since their debut in 2007, Armenia is one of the most successful countries to participate in the contest; never finishing in a result lower than tenth and with six out of their nine attempts finishing within the top three. After their first and only win in 2010, Yerevan hosted the contest the following year. Last year, Michael Varosyan finished in second place with ‘Love’.
So far, thirteen countries have formally confirmed participation with another two countries also suggested to have confirmed. It is heavily rumoured that despite being invited, Australia will not return to the contest. Last year 17 countries participated in all, and despite multiple withdrawals the EBU hints towards a higher number still for 2016.
Take a listen to the voices of this year’s entry ahead of the big song reveal later this year.