In recent weeks hype has been building over her bid to win Depi Evratesil 2018 — Armenia’s national selection for Eurovision.
And today Tamar Kaprelian revealed more details about her entry in an exclusive chat with wiwibloggs.
“The title of our song is ‘Touyn Ari’,” she tells us. “It means ‘Poisoned’ and plays on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.”
And while nothing Tamar touches could ever be called a tragedy, she assures us it will share some qualities with the iconic play.
As she says: “It has drama, for sure.”
“Touyn Ari” lyrics
Tamar sent the rumour mill into overdrive on October 19 when she posted a snippet from a songwriting session on Twitter.
“[Facetime] writing session,” she said. “What could we be working on?”
A quick listen revealed an upbeat, ethnic song — perfect for Eurovision, along with lyrics to the verses, which we attempted to decipher through the low-res upload.
Today Tamar has confirmed the final lyrics to some of the verses to us, and they work very well indeed.
Tamar’s team for Depi Evratesil
In 2015 Tamar was perhaps the most telegenic of all the members of Genealogy, the six-person group that represented the country in Vienna with “Face the Shadow”. She went on to win our annual search for Eurovision’s Next Top Model, with our readers declaring her the artist most likely to succeed as an international superstar in the years ahead.
Since then she’s strengthened her lifelong relationship with Armenia even more, setting up the Nvak Foundation, a summer music programme that works with young people in the country.
In fact, some songwriters from Nvak co-wrote her song, along with Tamar, DerHova and Sebu.
DerHova, you’ll know, wrote Sirusho’s “Qélé, Qélé” — which remains many Eurofans’ favourite entry from Armenia ever, and which achieved fourth place back in 2008.
Sebu is part of the Los Angeles-based indie pop duo Capital Cities, who watched their debut album In A Tidal Wave of Mystery reach number 67 on the Billboard 200 in 2013.
But there’s more. Arthur Gourounlian, her choreographer and creative director, has worked with Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud and Cheryl Cole. Colour us excited!
Tamar Kaprelian interview
The “New Day” singer, who will pass through London briefly on business on Monday, has kindly invited wiwibloggs to stop by for a catch-up.
Naturally we’re keen to find out all about her Depi Evratesil song. But what else do you want to know? Let us know your questions down below and we’ll do our best to get you some answers.