Anahit and Mary Armenia Junior Eurovision 2016 JESC

The only thing better than one amazing voice is when two amazing voices combine in perfect harmony.

And on Friday evening Mary & Anahit — Armenia’s Junior Eurovision 2016 act — proved the point with the release of their song “Tarber” (Different).

The upbeat track opens with the girls showing off their superb vocals (a wise move to court the jury vote straightaway).

But don’t get it twisted: This is not another power ballad. Instead these phenoms launch into a spirited track that combines elements of soul, funk, lounge, and R&B. The overall effect is on-trend and has a very subtle but palpable ethnic quality. These girls get it.

According to the AMPTV press team, the song “is about love and music — power that unites us all despite our differences.”

During the video these little ladies have a playful fashion fight as they vogue to the camera and show off their varying styles, which range from avant-garde kabuki chic (in black and white silk) to urban, deliberately mismatched street couture (with shredded pink leggings). Yerevan has never looked so fierce!

“I am really enjoying this process!” Mary said of shooting the music video. “We have created two different looks that highlight our differences, our personalities. It was a lot of fun to ‘style fight’ with Anahit on the set!”

“I’m sure people will love Tarber!”Anahit said. “The music video is very positive and colourful! I can’t wait to perform with Mary in Malta. I’m sure we are going to have a lot of fun and make new friends from all over the world.”

Lyricist Avet Barseghyan says the team wanted to highlight the artists differences through the song.

“After several discussions with our team, we decided that it would be interesting to present the girls just the way they are. Each of them have their unique style, their personality, and that is what they sing about. Mary is elegant and stylish, while Anahit loves to experiment with new looks and trends. But in the end it is their passion for music that unites them.”

Nick Egibyan, the composer, says he was inspired by the girls.

“The song was already creating itself in my mind, when I met them for the first time,” he said. “As soon as we started rehearsing, I realized that the song fits them perfectly. It’s very interesting, how music can unite two completely different artists, with different vocals and styles. I think we have created something very special!”

Armenia has a habit of sending upbeat songs — and ones that do very well indeed.

In 2014 Betty brought energy and a carnival feel with her song “People of the Sun”, smiling and singing en route to third place.

And last year Mika managed to take things up another gear, finishing as runner-up with his infectious dance song “Love”.

Do you think that Anahit & Mary can keep the trend going and land on top with their dance number? We’ll film our reaction video soon…but for now let us know your thoughts in the comments box below!

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Clayton
3 years ago

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KennyESC
KennyESC
3 years ago

*I expressed myself wrong. I wanted to say, the only song that reach this in my Top is Macedonia’s. I was very unsure, but in the end Armenia is my 1° and Macedonia my 2°.

KennyESC
KennyESC
3 years ago

OMG OMG OMG!!! This HAVE to win!! It’s the best song of the year, behind only Macedonia’s! 😀

Héctor
Héctor
3 years ago

It was difficult to improve ‘Love’, and this fails to make it.

Mark Beckenbreur
Mark Beckenbreur
3 years ago

Well, I’m impressed. Good luck to them. 🙂

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
3 years ago

OMG, I love this sooooooooo much, the girls are such divas! <3<3<3<3<3

Definitely my new favorite! 😀

#Yerevan2017

Nick
3 years ago

Woooow
Im can’t explain what i feel now, how much power there is in the song. I love it ????
I just need someone who can translate for me which wil be excellent
Thank you Armenia ????????
You should win
Love ?? from Estonia ????????

Rhin
Rhin
3 years ago

Not impressed :/ Comparing to People of the Sun and Love it is definitely more forgetable. Still fairly good entry 🙂

Erin
Erin
3 years ago

I’m somewhat underwhelmed by the fact that both Armenia and Malta’s entries are emulating Destiny’s 2015 Aretha Franklin intro as something that could play to their advantage. In both cases, the climatic intros raise the bar too high because both songs eventually progress into their stylistic comfort zone. Armenia brings an element of fun and groove that Malta lacks in, but Malta’s entry eventually sounds more lyrical and friendly to my ear.

Eva M.
Eva M.
3 years ago

@beccaboo1212: JESC is changing and I think that both the San Marino leaving and the change in leadership will bring a more balanced approach to voting. Also, thankfully we have a lot of countries bringing a new level of commitment to JESC-just look at Serbia and Albania in the last 2 years, Slovenia last year and Bulgaria in 2014 and 2016. Of course Malta has been on top of it for years and now Australia, Ireland and Poland as new comers will improve the disbalanced voting and will get better oriemted in the political waters. Too bad Sweden decided to… Read more »

beccaboo1212
3 years ago

2007 – 2nd. They should’ve won! 🙁 2008 – 8th. I expected a higher result than that! 🙁 2009 – 2nd. That brings me back to when I used to play soccer with other kids. 2010 – 1st. I was expecting either Serbia or Macedonia to win! 🙁 2011 – 5th. What can I say? Hayastan cant go wrong! 2012 – 3rd. Seriously, “Sweetie Baby” was (and still remains) a total drag! 🙁 2013 – 6th. Still remaining delicious! 🙂 2014 – 3rd. What’s with all that orange? 😮 2015 – 2nd. 175 points breaks Armenia’s record at JESC so… Read more »

beccaboo1212
3 years ago

I think there should be a new music genre: Cauco-pop (pop music in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan). 🙂

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
3 years ago

I think it lacks a melody, which makes it quite forgettable. Fun song, but it left me unimpressed. Poland stays winning for me.

Spaniell
Spaniell
3 years ago

It has wery K-pop vibe. Like it 🙂 this year is so good. Mutch of these songs can beat in adult eurovision.

Eva M.
Eva M.
3 years ago

@Ron: Do you really think that Armenia is that much better than the other entries to place so high year after year? This is a fine example of the political and regional voting which take place at JESC. Similarly, Russia and Malta has scored high year after year. I would say that it is time to celabrate the young talent of all of Europe and not just the countries which have been traditional participants and which kindly exchange points with each other, like the former Russian Republics. And Armenia and Georgia, of course, are one of the most glaring examples.

Ron
Ron
3 years ago

Armenia owns Junior Eurovision. This year is no exception!

2007 – 2nd place (1 point behind the winner)
2009 – 3rd place
2010 – 1st place
2011 – 5th place
2012 – 3rd place
2014 – 3rd place (should have won)
2015 – 2nd place
2016 – Should win!

Maxime
3 years ago

Since I follow JESC, since 2014 Armenia was my 2nd in 2014 and 3rd in 2015, this year they’re my winner so far and they’ll probably still my winner!

12 points from France! <3

beccaboo1212
3 years ago

Yerevan 2017? Let’s find out! 🙂

ESCFan
ESCFan
3 years ago

I like all of the songs of this year. With first listen I did not like this song, hopefully I will start to like. I usually enjoy and appreciate Armenian entries…

Nitzan
Nitzan
3 years ago

Released right after Malta and not too far from it genre wise. Nice job!

Ruud Buscher
Ruud Buscher
3 years ago

Could win. Amazing!!

Eva M.
Eva M.
3 years ago

This is average for me. I am not impressed with the subject of the song either. I thought that the second place last year was way out of place and I like this even less.

Harut
3 years ago

Fun catchy and really different. .well done..Hope girls will win

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
3 years ago

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Arm enia knows how to do it 🙂 Last year Armenia was my 12th, they are going to score in my top this year <3