(This is about Armenia Eurovision songs and videos.)
The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most memorable and longest running TV shows in the world’s history. Already for some 60 years, the Eurovision Song Contest has become Europe’s favorite TV show for many audiences.
After more than five decades, featuring thousands of songs, the contest has become a modern classic, strongly embedded into Europe’s mind. It was on the 24th of May, 1956, that Europe saw the first ever Eurovision Song Contest.
Armenia’s history in Eurovision began in 2006 and during those 10 years, Armenia has reached the top 10 seven times.
Now, we will take a quick tour on Armenia Eurovision experience as well as the songs and videos in chronological order.
Let’s start with the beginning!
Armenia Eurovision, 1st time! “André” – Without your love (May 18-20, 2006)
This was the Armenia’s debut at the contest and the representative singer was André, who passed through the semi-final and then once more performed the last during the final.
The song itself is very energetic and makes people dance. The influence of the ethnic style is evident and it became very popular over recent years.
It was said that a BBC commentator, Terry Wogan, referred to the song as having “a whiff of the souk” about it.
Many critics were saying that this song was a great choice to start from for Armenia actually.
At the final, André received 129 points, including the maximum 12 from Russia and 10 from Turkey. And by finishing on 8th place, André ensured Armenia an automatic final participation for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007.
Watch and listen to the song in the video above!
Hayko – Anytime you need (May 10-12, 2007) – 2nd time for Armenia in Eurovision
This song is a ballad addressed to Hayko’s lover, telling her that their relationships will last forever.
“All I’ll ever do is watch over you”. And, he promises her that he will be there whenever she calls “crying with the blues” and that he will “dry your tears when you cry”.
This is a song about true love; the one that everyone is searching for. The final lines of the song are delivered in Armenian, and feature a similar projection of love with the words meaning that he will be “always with you”.
While singing these words, blood poured from his heart that was the most beautiful moment of the performance. Probably, you can feel it by listening to the song in the video above.
By the results of final voting, the song received 138 points, being placed 8th out of 24. It was the exact same place as Armenia reached in Eurovision in 2006.
Sirusho – Qele, qele (May 20-24, 2008) – Armenia Eurovision, New Era!
Qele, qele means “come on, come on” in Armenian and as the name hints, it’s a very driven and powerful song written by the performer Sirusho herself.
“Qélé, Qélé” is the song which reached highest position for Armenia since 2006 to date (as of 2016), and has received the most points in Armenia’s Eurovision history. The song ranked 4th, scoring 199 points, and received eight 12 points during the competition.
For this reason, the Armenian television decided to make a special pack CD/DVD to promote the song (including an original karaoke and the Yerevan club mixes along with the music video).
The song became instantly very popular in Greek-speaking areas especially the “Yerevan Remix” in Greek and Cypriot clubs.
It was also frequently played on London Greek Radio in the United Kingdom, and has been featured in one of the episodes of the Greek and Cypriot X Factor.
See one of the best music videos of Armenia in Eurovision Song Contest ever!
Inga & Anush – Jan Jan (May 12-16, 2009) – Armenia challenged Eurovision with two sisters
Inga and Anush are sisters and they are the most beautiful representatives of Armenian folk music nowadays.
Being faithful to their culture and country, Inga and Anush represented this song, which is full of sweetness and love for Armenian culture and all the people in the world.
The song itself is very positive, uniting and energetic.
The song competed for Armenia in the first semi-final on 12 May 2009, where it was performed sixth. It was a finalist in the song contest and finished 10th with 92 points.
Eva Rivas – Apricot Stone (May 27-29, 2010) – Armenia Eurovision, 5th time!
Apricot stone is another way to name the seed of an apricot.
The song is all about Armenian culture. The stone (seed) of the most delicious Armenian apricot is the impersonation of Armenians’ will power for a better future since the seed raises from the ground after a cold winter and that represents its power of “never-give-up”.
An Armenian national music instrument, duduk, was also present during the performance. It was played by one of the most famous Armenian “dudukahar”, Djivan Gasparyan, one of the oldest persons ever to feature in a Eurovision Song Contest performance.
The lyrics of this song are beautiful. It’s filled with meaningful and deep words. And, the performance itself is very beautiful, yet being light.
At the final voting, “Apricot Stone” took the 7th place with 141 points.
Emmy – Boom Boom (May 12-14, 2011) – unfortunately, Armenia couldn’t proceed to the final
Emmy dedicated her performance on the Eurovision Song Contest stage to her father’s Davit Bejanyan’s memory.
The song intended to be positive, full of energy and very powerful and the performance stage was decorated with a huge boxing glove to represent the victory of Armenian boxers worldwide showing the power of Armenian people.
But, the song was placed 12th with 54 points in the semi-final and for that reason, it wasn’t qualified for the Final unfortunately. It ended up in becoming the worst performance of Armenian entry so far and the only Armenian entry which couldn’t pass through to the final in Eurovision to date.
Also, this was Armenia’s last song before withdrawing the competition in the 2012 contest.
Dorians – Lonely Planet (May 16-18, 2013 ) – Save the world! by Armenia in Eurovision
Dorians is one of the most popular Armenian rock bands nowadays.
The song is about saving the planet. It’s a very nice and optimistic story about the planet and someone who can save it. (You can find it in the youtube video above!) This is more like a humanitarian song which intended to be heard by millions of people.
The music for Lonely Planet is written by the world-famous English guitarist and songwriter, Tony Iommi, who also is a founder and a member of the pioneering heavy metal band, Black Sabbath.
Some people were saying that Armenia wasn’t trying to win the contest with this song, but to show that some people still care about the future. This time, Armenia took the 18th place with only 41 points, yet, it is still much worth watching the video.
Aram MP3 – Not Alone (May 6-10, 2014) – One of the best results for Armenia in Eurovision
Not Alone was composed by Aram MP3 himself and one of his friends, Garik Papoyan and it was a mix of ballad and dubstep.
“It’s a kind of songs that perhaps I would recommend to close the eyes during listening. Not prepared for dancing, but to open the soul, because it penetrates into the depths of the human soul.”
said the performer.
When asked about the song message, Aram also said
“You should never give up and always fight for love. One kiss can change everything.”
The song mostly received positive reviews and was considered as one оf the main favоrites of the Eurоvision 2014. Jess Denham of The Independent called it an “empowering dubstep ballad”.
Aram Mp3 was performing on stage alone, without any accompaniment and it had its impact on the performance, making it even powerful.
Armenia took the 4th place in the final scoring 174 points.
Genealogy – Face the Shadow (May 19-23, 2015) – Armenians from all over the world for Eurovision!
The song is also known under the name “Don’t deny”.
The group, Genealogy, was made up for a single performance at the Eurovision 2015 and consisted of Armenians from all the five continents; Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe, Oceania and one representative from Armenia.
The five Armenian diaspora artists also symbolized the five petals of the “forget-me-not flower”, the official symbol of Armenian Genocide’s 100th commemoration. And, in their centre, the group was unified by the sixth Armenian artist.
The official site of Eurovision has stated as below
“Face the Shadow” is about universal values and its message tells that “happiness is born when people are united and live in harmony with themselves, their families, love relationships and so on”.
From the moment, it had been officially released, “Face the Shadow” became the subject of controversies stating that the song has some kind of political messages. In particular, it was believed that the song was intended to be a call for recognition of the genocide.
The song took the 16th place with 34 points.
Iveta Mukuchyan – Love Wave (May 10-14, 2016) – Armenia Eurovision, 10th time!
When asked why she wrote these particular lyrics for the song, Iveta said
“I wanted to sing about a feeling we all know and crave for. A feeling that creates and destroys, empowers and weakens, rips and completes. A feeling out of space and time, that is unpredictable as an ocean and powerful as a wave. A feeling that is worth fighting for. Love.”
The song is very powerful and energetic like the singer herself.
The performance itself was amazing with clear high notes, perfect pitch and interesting holographic solutions. Iveta’s song was stated by many journals and publications as “the potential leader”.
Iveta was also nominated as the most beautiful participant during the Eurovision 2016. “Love Wave” took the 7th place with 249 points.
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