Last December all eyes were set on the Armenian capital of Yerevan, where the ninth edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place. It was the job of 12 year old Dalita Avanessian to represent the home crowd at the show, performing the patriotic song “Welcome to Armenia” to fifth place. This year it’s the turn of Holland to host the contest, but Armenia will be back once again to try their shot at another victory.
As we reported at the start of July, Armenian public television AMPTV called for kids aged between 10 and 15 years old to send songs to them for the Amsterdam edition of the contest. Today, just as the deadline to submit entries is over – Armenia’s Head of Delegation, Gohar Gasparyan, has spoken to news outlet news.am about the countries’ participation in the show.
According to Gasparyan; who also was one of one of the hosts of the show last year, plenty of applications were sent to the TV company for consideration in their national selection. However many did not meet the rules and regulations set out for Junior Eurovision – which are slightly different to those of the adult contest. Out of the songs sent in, just twenty of them fit the rules of the contest. Soon, a professional jury will choose around ten entries from those remaining to take part in a televised TV show in which Armenia’s sixth entrant in the contest will be picked.
In particular, the Armenian Eurovision head has revealed that the daughter of the countries’ top police chief Vladimir Gasparyan, Angelina Gasparyan will take part in the show. ESCDaily.com can also state that a number of other singers who have previously attempted to respresent country at this event have also re-applied this year. Successful applicants will be judged on live television in mid-September by both televiewers and a professional jury, who will each have an equal say in who represents the state in the contest in December.