Armenia: Host nation chooses Dalita

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Dalita will represent the host nation at this year’s Junior Eurovision, after winning the Armenian national competition with her song “Welcome to Armenia”. She beat off 15 other contestants in a 2 and a half hour show, hosted by Armenian Head of Delegation Gohar Gasparyan and Vladimir Arzumanyan, Junior Eurovision 2010 winner. You can hear the winning song:

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Dalita Avanessian (11), lives in the capital and attends a music school in Yerevan in the piano, guitar and vocal sections. She is also a young actor. Dalita currently has six songs in her repitoire which she has written herself, including some music videos.

Dalita, like Ukrainian entrant Kristall is also a TV presenter, and has hosted various features in Armenia’s morning TV shows. She also plays the role of Charlita in the TV show “Charlie Show”, and has her own kids magazine column.

The eleven year old is no stranger to Junior Eurovision – she participated in the national selection last year, placing fifth. Dalita last year also took part in Armenia’s “Got Talent” program, titled “Hidden Talent” on Shant TV.

Junior Eurovision fans will notice that the song contains a large amount of English, however, this is allowed according to the rules of the contest – which now allow 25% of the song can be in a non-native language to the participating country. At Junior Eurovision, Dalita will be backed by dancers Robert, Raqelle, Dalita, Elen and Meliq. The studio version of “Welcome to Armenia” can be heard below:

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