Today we will be looking at a few possible artists for a country that makes up half of the most popular, (as well as unnecessary and annoying) rivalry in the Eurovision Song Contest; the land of long haired sirens and apricots, Armenia.
Armenia first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, coming in a very respectable 8th place. Since their debut, Armenia has qualified for the final six out of seven times, missing out in 2011, and withdrawing in 2012. Their highest scoring entry was in 2008 with Sirusho and “Qélé, Qélé”, which came 4th in the final. Their lowest scoring entry was in 2011 with Emmy and “Boom Boom”, which came in 12th place in the semi-final. (However, it was one point away from qualifying.) Armenia withdrew from the 2012 contest in Baku, due to ongoing political conflicts with Azerbaijan, which sometimes even spill out into the contest realm.
Armenia has used varying selection methods in their Eurovision history. In 2006 they used a complete internal selection. In 2007 they used a national final. In 2008 they internally selected Sirusho, but held a final for the song selection. In 2009 they went back to a full national final, continuing that for 2010 as well. In 2011 they reverted back to a song selection final for a pre-determined singer, using that method for the 2013 contest as well. It was reported that in 2012, before they withdrew, Armenia was to internally select a representative artist.
Possible 2014 Entrant
After delving into the music scene in Armenia, I’ve come to the decision that I want a past representative to come back next year for Armenia. At first thought, everyone reading is probably thinking Sirusho, since that appears to be a popular demand from Eurovision fans. But if you are thinking Sirusho, you’re mistaken. I’m thinking of the fabulous family duo of Inga & Anush. The 2009 representatives brought a dance ready folk-pop masterpiece, which sadly was lost in the point vacuum created by Norway that year. They sang in sync, and brought a memorable stage performance, utilizing traditional folk costumes and infusing them with an amazing, modern laser show. They are one of the only duet Eurovision entries that I really enjoyed, and I would love for them to give it another try, hopefully in a year where high value points aren’t almost impossible to get.
Folk pop at its finest! Contemporary beats infused with tradition, I want more and I want it NOW!! Prime example of how a duet should go on the Eurovision stage.
Narine Dovlatyan-Armenian jazz singer who hails from Malishka. Won the “Best New Artist” award at the Armenian National Music Awards in 2012. Her songs give off a distinct “blues club” vibe, classic yet not outdated. Her voice is very sultry as well as sexy, and her status as a relatively new artist would mean a fresh face for Yerevan. A jazz entry would be a very cool new side to Armenia, and I believe with Narine, it would pay off handsomely.
Kim Kardashian– WAIT!! Before you verbally annihilate me for this seemingly blasphemous suggestion, I think of it as a possible JOKE ENTRY! The Kardashians apparently have Armenian heritage, they’ve mentioned it on their television show quite a few times if my memory serves me correctly, and Kim herself has advocated for recognition of the Armenian Genocide. I picture Armenia pulling a “Chiki Chiki” with her just to take the piss out of the contest (and hopefully Azerbaijan, who never seem to try to have fun with their entry), and I think it would be one of the most hilarious things the contest has ever seen! (Aside from the ultimate Eurovision troll, Ms. Silvia Night!)
What do you think? Who could bring glory to Armenia, and maybe give us an apricot themed show in 2015? Or maybe you want to vent about the Kardashian clan? Let us know with a comment below!
Photo: Inga and Anush
Zachary Thomas is Wisconsin-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com. Follow him on Twitter @CheerZach. Then follow the team from wiwibloggs.com on Twitter at @wiwibloggs to keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip!