Staying in the eastern half of the continent, we head to the land of apricots, chess masters and the Kardashians (I’m sorry). It’s Armenia!!!
Armenia first took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and will make their eleventh appearance this year. Their best result in the contest so far has been fourth place, which they achieved on two occasions, in 2008 when Sirusho sang “Qele Qele” and in 2014 when Aram Mp3 sang “Not Alone”. Last year, Iveta Mukuchyan came seventh in the final with “LoveWave”.
After three years of selecting both the artist and song internally, this year the Armenian broadcaster Public Television of Armenia (AMPTV) organised the national final Depi Evratesil (Towards Eurovision) to select the artist. After two sets of auditions, battle rounds and live shows, two artists made it to the final. The winner was chosen by 50% Pan-Armenian jury votes and 50% public votes. The song was later picked internally. With 71% of the total vote in the final, Artsvik Harutyunyan won the Armenian ticket to Kyiv.
Artsvik Harutyunyan, more commonly known as Artsvik, was born on October 21st 1984 in Kapan in southeast Armenia. When she was five, her family moved to Moscow, Russia. When she was eight, she saw “The Bodyguard” for the first time and she then knew that her purpose in life was to sing. Even after completing her studies as a speech therapist psychologist at Moscow State Pedagogical University, she did not give up on her dream. In 2012, she took part in the second season of Golos (The Voice of Russia) and was eliminated in the battle rounds. She also took part in The Voice of Armenia, reaching the final. Last December, she moved back to Armenia and won Depi Evratesil, giving her the right to represent Armenia in Kyiv. Her entry “Fly With Me” was written by Avet Barseghyan and David Tserunyan and was composed by Lilith Navasaryan and Levon Navasardyan.
This song is interesting, I’ll give it that. I like the ethnic feel to it. The problem with it for me is that it flies around a little too much. It promises to take us to many places but never really takes off or goes anywhere in general. I want so much more from this song but I’m just not getting it. Armenia may get through to the final simply because of its diaspora vote. Otherwise, it would struggle.
What Could Have Been
Artsvik beat off stiff competition to win Depi Evratesil, including Marta, the runner-up. Marta delivered some beautiful performances over the weeks, including this one of “Siro Kamar” (Arch of Love). Just listen to the control she has over her voice! She would have been a worthy winner as well. Who knows? Maybe we will see her at a future contest.
Will Artsvik fly high or be grounded? Leave your comments below. Stay tuned tomorrow for another Eurovision preview!
(Sources: eurovision.tv, AMPTV, YouTube)