Armenia has never been outside of the top ten in Junior Eurovision and when the seven top three placings are taken into account, this makes it the most successful country overall in the competition. In 2016 Mary and Anahit kept this strong tradition alive when they finished second with the song Tarber but what have the pair been up to since the contest? We spoke to them to find out.
Mary is 13 years old and was born in Vardenis, Armenia. She took her first steps into music back in 2011, when she started studying music at the Do-Re-Mi vocal school. She has participated in numerous music competitions, including the Renaissance International Music Festival, where she took the grand prix and the Friendship of Nations music competition, where she took first place.
After Junior Eurovision I concentrate on my school lessons because I spent so much time on our music lessons to have a good performance in Malta.
I had so much fun in Malta. The best moments were getting acquainted with the participants and appearing on the Eurovision stage itself.
I'd advise whoever is going to perform on that big stage to be confident and try not to be nervous. Perhaps the most important thing if you want to reach the top is that you should be diligent.
Anahit is also 13 years old and was born in Sochi, Russia but has a very strong connection to her motherland, Armenia. She started singing when she was just 4 years old.
I have been taking my vocal lessons and preparing new songs in order to be ready for other contests. I'm working hard.
I have a lot favourite memories from the week. One of them is the Opening Ceremony, which was organised perfectly. The other one is that we were gathering together with all the participants of the contest in the lobby of the hotel, every evening. We were telling each other about ourselves, listening to the music or dancing in the disco of the hotel. That communication helped us to become good friends.
I would advise all the participants of 2017 not to get confused, to be sure of themselves and to take care of their voices, that is the most important thing. I caught a cold there in Malta and I remember it was a great stress for me. I wish good luck to everybody!
Watch Anahit and Mary's performance below: