When Aram Mp3 was selected as Armenia’s Eurovision 2014 contestant, some of you worried he was too much of a comedian and not enough of a singer. Well last night he mixed humor and music to great effect when he unveiled his cover of Emmelie de Forest’s “Only Teardrops”. Introducing the song he had this to say: “The winner of Eurovision 2013 Emmelie invited me to the Eurovision Song Contest. I’ll be there soon my darling and now I’ll sing your song in Yerevan.”

We approve of the cheeky comments—and his soulful interpretation. It’s loungy, ethnic, tribal, and zen all at once. What do you think of his Only Teardrops cover? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Dan
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Dan

Wow! Love this version. I love Armenian instruments !!
I hope next year you will send song containing Armenian instruments .

Hunan
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Thank u Aram mp3… respect. .. Hunan Knyazian from Armenia… ????????

AZER
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duduk isn’t armenian music instrument that music instrument’s name is balaban
balaban means that bala is little and ban is voice. even duduk is turkish word that is a tutak that means thin voice. tutak is not balaban they are another instruments.
Illiterate armenians don’t know that
balaban and tutak is azerbaijan turkish instrument, them name is turkish
balaban is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmNRKqgEQc0
tutak is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kBvR9iYfFo
dirty siqans hayes go and learn what is the what

Grifit
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Grifit

I LOVE IT!!!!!! Aram is amazing and I see on him the hope to Armenia for winnning this year., but it is too soon to say, he has an amazing voice and it needs an awesome song, I like the folkloric style of this cover but make no mistake, they need something fresh and original for this year DO NOT WASTE ARAM’S VOICE!!!!!

Arianna
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I really loved it with the different instruments. Made a really great sound! This cover shows what he can really do and that he likes to explore music. Really anticipating his ESC entry :)!

Charles
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Charles

@D: I prefer to believe and judging on this cover performance that Aram knows way better than ethnic cheesy crap like Quele-quele was in 2008. Armenian music like any other type of ethnic music has atmosphere and hypnotizes anyone but not through the “cheesy dance move your hips” sort of way. The true ethic sounds have depth and meaning and require one great vocalist and its instruments to translate that. I hope and believe Aram can do that … but I feel his voice suits a complete different universe outside ethic music. He’s too soulful for that … he needs… Read more »

Leon
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Leon

P.S. I wonder if Emily has heard this version and what she thinks of it…hmmm.

Richard
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Richard

Armenian music is just like Indonesian dangdut btw…. enjoy this cover version very much…

Aram mp3 has strong vocal with x factor that makes his voice so original..nice choice Armenia!

Hanry
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Hanry

Armenian culture and armenian musical instruments are amazing,one of the oldest civilizations in the world.I liked Aram’s cover.Good Luck Aram and Armenia.Love from France

Britney
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Britney

Oh Armenian musical instruments are original =D

Karmen
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Karmen

Ohhh my GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD ,It’s amazing,I love Armenia veryyyy much and I like Armenian cultureeeeee,I was in Armenia in 2009,I still listening Armenian music,especially Arm Falk music ,it’s cool.But i want to visit Karbakh this year with my husband.Love from Netherlands,Good Luck Aram,you will win.

Leon
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Leon

Woww. I can imagine if Armenia sends something like this to Eurovision. With a great song, Armenia will definitely finish in top 3 this year

Elli Rasidov
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Elli Rasidov

Even if i’m from Azerbaijan, i like this cover and his songs 😛 and stop saying that duduk is Azeri instrument. this is really annoying. Duduk is Armenian. *Peace 🙂

Pastora Soler haha
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Pastora Soler haha

I bet he will be top5, because I’m sure he will be DIFFERENT and that is the most important now in Eurovision.

dhani
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off topic: esc 2014 hosts will be announced today at 11am 🙂

Alex
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Alex

Am I the only one who noticed the pitch correction/autotune? Based on that, I wouldn’t judge his vocal qualities just yet.

He is creative – I’m sure whatever he sends to Copenhagen, it’ll be good, whether it’s comedic, folky, electro, serious, or whatever.

Fikri
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Fikri

oh wow, he’s great! i didn’t expect this from a guy called “aram mp3” at all! wish he could lose the accent. eastern europeans speaking english in accent always give me shivers!

Anahit
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Anahit

I will pray for you!

Robin
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Robin

Amazing!! He’s great singer!

Tatev
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Tatev

Woooooow !! Amazing Aram … I love your performance … This song sounds much more beautiful with Armenian National Instruments Duduk , Dhol and Zurna … Just for you to know people… The song for Eurovision is not choosen yet… So don’t take any attantion on rumors 🙂 Greetings from Armenia !

pearwater
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pearwater

I would download this version instead…

Z24
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Z24

No one can expect anything from him. From “Just Go On” to “You’re not Alone”, he proves he’s a chameleon.

Sami Luukela
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Sami Luukela

I love this and I really wish his entry is amazing, I hope the rumours about him competing with “Just go on” are false.

D
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D

@Charles – Not one of his songs specifically, just an electro dance song in general. I love when Armenia sends ethnic-influenced songs (Jan Jan, Qele Qele)

Charles
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Charles

@D: “some crappy electro” which one really? The cheesy party Shine? Or the stunning with depth “If I tried”? Both radically different … the first a complete cheesy joke coming from him as a comedian … the other one pure perfection embracing his reliable vocalist character .. but both incorporate electro sounds.

Charles
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Charles

This is the side of him I do want to listen to and praise in Eurovision … he does have a great voice and his English even if not always perfect puts rival Azerbaijan to shame and it has soulfulness which I love 🙂 I just pray his song is good enough to correspond to my expectations and his qualities. He can leave the comedian self in the green room … and just be himself onstage.

William Lee Adams
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The man is a talent! I am excited to hear his Eurovision song.

DariaMyHeroine
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DariaMyHeroine

Nice try, Aram Mp3 😉 But why not covering Celebrate by Daria Kinzer? That would’ve been a challenge!

Ewa
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Ewa

To me it’s fantastic! He totally surprised me when I read that he covered it. I love the voice, sound, performance… It makes me like “Only Teardrops” even more 🙂 I’m REALLY looking forward to Armenian song this year.

D
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D

I hope Aram enters with something ethnic and folky and not with some crappy electro thing.

Ben Gray
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Ben Gray

He’s got a good voice, and good English diction. I have to wonder if this version would have won, representing Armenia. Hmm… 🙂

Susan
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Susan

He just keeps getting more impressive, doesn’t he? Love this cover, it is indeed all ethnic and loungy and tribal and zen!