We have often fantasized about Eurovision supergroups — and today Armenia has made our wish come true. AMPTV has finally and officially announced that six singers will come together for Eurovision in Vienna. The group, known as Genealogy, will consist of artists from five different continents, and all of them will be of Armenian descent. A sixth artist will come from Armenia. Six stars. One group. A whole lot of OMGs!

Here’s how their team described it in an e-mail to wiwibloggs.

The creative team of the Armenian Public TV Company considered this year’s official ESC slogan and numerous requests from Armenian Diaspora (which is always supporting our Eurovision representatives). Being inspired by the Armenian Genocide Centennial symbol of the Forget-me-not flower, the team decided to introduce a new format.

Valuing the idea of peace, unity, and tolerance the creative team of the AMPTV united the new generation of the Armenian people spread through 5 continents around the world in the year of 1915. 5 singers from Europe, Asia, America, Africa, and Australia with Armenian origin are associated with the 5 petals of the Forget-me-not flower. The 6th artist from Armenia will join the group to unify the petals. The group is being created especially for the contest and is called “Genealogy”. The new generation will sing “Don’t deny.”

Armenia’s Eurovision 2015 trailer

The first member of the group “Genealogy’’ will be publicized on February 16, though this map gives us a hint of where they are from. And yes, there’s another Australian coming to Eurovision!

Genealogy 1

Fans are already guessing what cities those dots represent.

Follow Genealogy on social media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GenealogyOfficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GenealogyMusic

Instagram: http://instagram.com/genealogyofficial

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCddljMBT6d7DPTY0IwKlOVA

You can follow all of our Armenia Eurovision news here.

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Emre
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Emre

Well said Nikos.

I’m from Turkey. Yes, everyone knows how in the past how Greece and Turkey always had issues. Why should we hate each other for something that we didn’t do or continue to do ourselves? I have many greek friends and I LOVE GREECE! I think we’re very similiar.

Emre
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Emre

We don’t want POLITICAL songs in Eurovision. It’s a music contest. There’s no room for political discussions in this show. We are here to BUILD BRIDGES. Hungary says Wars for Nothing while France song says Don’t Forget. And Armenia says Don’t Deny. That’s not nice. We don’t want hostile songs in Eurovision.

Leon
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Leon

@Noah – I’ll try. Thanks.

Noah
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Noah

@Leon – get out of your bubble.

Leon
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Leon

@Noah – “In which Armenian town or village do you live in?” I actually live in NYC. But, won’t bother convincing you of anything. “They desperately wanna win? These past few years, the Armenian-Azerbaijan relations (the latter supported by Turks) are the ones that make the headlines and most comments (and negative points) all over the place on ESC sites” I actually haven’t seen a single confrontation between Armenians and Azeris on this site and on eurovision.tv other than what you’re boiling here. I literally do not see the point of your comment. What is your point? There are a… Read more »

Noah
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Noah

@Leon – “Not Alone, and Apricot Stone were some of the best and most original eurovision songs.” In which Armenian town or village do you live in? Oh, don’t mind, we do see that. Another Armenian rant this year, eh? They desperately wanna win? These past few years, the Armenian-Azerbaijan relations (the latter supported by Turks) are the ones that make the headlines and most comments (and negative points) all over the place on ESC sites. Once upon a time, there were “fights” from Greeks versus Macedonian and Turks, mainly. Now, they are somehow calm, but those Caucasus countries are… Read more »

Kris
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Kris

Ok, I agree that in ESC groups don’t work, BUT I must say that it’s because of their stupid songs and not for being a group. So I think that all depends on the song, I prefer to wait until the song is presented.

bavarson
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bavarson

Do you remember Six4One from Switzerland? It was only 16th place in final at ESC 2006 in Athens.

bavarson
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bavarson

I’m beginning to doubt the good result for Armenia. They are not strong at Eurovision as Sweden, Russia and Azerbaijan. They may not fit in the top 5.

Lolilly
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Lolilly

Finally! A smart decision. At last they decided not to ignore some of the great Armenian singers from the diaspora. Hopefully, the song will have great lyrics and a good/nonpolitical massage. I hope they will refrain from the simple, repetitive and primitive lyrics. Please Armenia, have someone with good English language knowledge to write the song. As far as the melody goes, I’m confident that they’ll do an amazing job.

R
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R

This sounds incredible. Armenia has really stepped up their game this year!! (and in recent years)

More countries should learn from countries like Armenia, Azerbaijan, Sweden etc tbh. They take Eurovision seriously and get good results from it, not just send a flop entry and sees what happens.

I’m looking at you, UK.

Nikos
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Nikos

I was thinking a lot about this today. Those us of falling in the younger generation, growing up after or towards the end of the cold war, we are more willing to reconcile. It would really be a beautiful moment if one of these years the Armenian and Azeri contestants decide to start a new chapter in their histories, together. Imagine them taking pics together etc. I recently came across on Youtube, Arzu Geybullayeva (of Azerbaijan) and Onnik Krikorian (of Armenia) who with the help of neighboring Georgia held a conference TOGETHER to encourage young people in the region to… Read more »

D
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D

Rumoured Members:
-Tamar Kaprelian – Armenian/American
-Athena Manoukian – Armenian/Greek/Australian
-Essaï – Armenian/French
-Vahe Tilbian – Armenian/Ethiopian
-Stephanie Topalian – Armenian/American/Japanese
-Inga Anushkyan – Armenian (represented Armenia in ESC 2009)

This is what OGAE Armenia said

Leon
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Leon

@Just being honest – On previous years whenever the Armenian entries had a lot of hype, they were well deserved. IMO Qele-Qele, Not Alone, and Apricot Stone were some of the best and most original eurovision songs.

Anna
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Anna

Well if their song is political EBU probably will say…. Change your song or else don;t even try to get on the plane to come in Vienna….

Just being honest
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Just being honest

Time to prepare for another year of Armenian hype train. Bet the betting odds and YouTube views counter will crash….

Noah
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Noah

It will somehow sound like this:

“Don’t deny,
here we are,
stronger than ever,
from all around the world,
here we are,
will fight for our chance
for our chance to be listened.”

I release all copyrights, this is free for taking. 😛

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

A song called “Don’t Deny” sounds really confrontational and political, but it could also be something like “Baby, don’t deny my love for youuuuu”. I suspect the song will use a lot of use metaphor.

BTW, the diaspora supergroup is a great choice for the 60th anniversary. It fits in nicely with Australia’s involvement in the competition, another acknowledgement of all the Europeans (and their descendants) living outside of Europe.

brittanywattscb
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brittanywattscb

Does that the mean the queen which is Kim Kardashian will be part of the group

Rashad
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Rashad

@Felix Prochain, and guess what? We call “you” racist and xenephobic. So good luck with that!

Felix Prochain
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Felix Prochain

It’s okay Rashad, I know who you are. For us, Armenians, there is no difference between you -the Azeris and the Turks. We call you Turks.., we always have.

Rashad
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Rashad

@Felix Prochain, @Lev, this is very offensive. You can’t just guess someone’s ethnicity for speaking out his mind. And FYI, I’m not a Turk.

Lev
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Lev

Rashad, I think you are a Turk.. Just a guess

Felix Prochain
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Felix Prochain

@SaschaRainbow yes, it is propaganda of peace, unity and tolerance.. what’s wrong with that? What do you think did Conchita last year? Playing with her beard? @Rashad it can kill your the turks spirits. That’s why all the whining a come from. The point is – it’s already done (EBU- green light) and you can’t do anything to change it so try to take a deep breath it will help you to stay calm. For those who don’t know. Council of Europe, United Nations, European Parliament etc. all have recognized the Genocide of the Armenians. So it is not issue… Read more »

EASESFD
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EASESFD

I highly doubt that the EBU would reject the song as the promo video is on the official Eurovision channel. I can’t wait to hear it and see the outcome. I must say I didn’t expect this but it truly is a fantastic idea and I love the fact that it keeps with this years theme of building bridges

Rashad
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Rashad

@Leon, it doesn’t need to say anything. Armenia suddenly decides to create a band full of descendants of the genocide refugees and send them with a song called “Don’t deny” in the year of 100th anniversary. Well, we are not kids to believe it’s just a coincidence. It’s pure propaganda. I really think it’s very disrespectful for the victims and it also kills the Eurovision spirit.

SaschaRainbow
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SaschaRainbow

Armenia, please stop ruining Eurovision for all of us! So much fed up with all the political controversy that Armenia is involved in every year.

Leon
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Leon

@Francheska – Very smart comment. I agree! @Rashad – nowhere did it say that they are going to “promote” the Armenian genocide or its anniversary. They are inspired by the talent of Armenians who live outside of Armenia and want to give them an opportunity. Nothing wrong with that.

Glen
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Glen

Annoying propaganda everywhere as usual

Rashad
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Rashad

It does sound political. I don’t think EBU will be happy with the choice. I mean, come on, we all know what happened to “We don’t wanna put in” in 2009. I was expecting ARMTV to be more careful.
And I believe it’s pathetic and very disprespectful for the genocide victims to use the genocide theme in a song contest. I get it, it’s the anniversary, but Eurovision? Seriously? Anyway, I hope we won’t be forced to watch a nationalistic entry with a hateful political message in May. Good luck Armenia!

Francheska
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I read into this a bit differently. The Armenian diaspora is incredibly diverse in terms of location, and the roots are very strong. There is no denying that. I don’t think it’s as nationalist as much as nostalgic: nationalism is xenophobia disguised as patriotism. I see it as unity and a call for pride in identity. It’s like “Passage to Ararat”, but in lyrical format. I just hope it isn’t so political that it can be disqualified or come off as cheesy, but rather be general.

joey
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joey

@Titaniumsparrow – that’s the point. GRABBING EVERYONE’S ATTENTION. Duh!

Sam
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Sam

Stephanie Topalian must represent the dot in Japan! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephanie_%28singer%29

Leon
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Leon

@MTD All I said was we shouldn’t judge entries based on initial information provided. I remember when last year Austria announced Conchita was going to represent them, I was like “yea, they’re gonna lose, they’re not even gonna make it to the final”. Then the song came out, and I knew it was going to do very very well. If the song comes out and it completely sucks, I won’t look “interesting”, because I never predicted the song to be great. It could very well be awful,but I refrain from judging until we have the song. In the meantime, I’m… Read more »

Titaniumsparrow
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Titaniumsparrow

If they had pulled the chosen singers together and written the song as a group I would like this idea more. But this feels forced and generic and a grab for attention.

MTD
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MTD

@Leon – I’ll mark your words and when the lyrics come out proving me right, I suppose you’ll look…interesting.

And you should try to understand sarcasm sometimes.

Leon
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Leon

@MTD

Last year a song about embracing equality won the contest. The song that won before that was not about “love and sex” and the year before that. And in ARMTV’s statement it reads “Valuing the idea of peace, unity, and tolerance”. So, maybe you shouldn’t be so judgmental until you’ve heard the song. I highly doubt they united 5 people from across the globe to make them stand and sing “I love Armenia”. That absolutely doesn’t seem to be the point.

D
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D

I’m expecting an Armenian rendition of “We Are the World”. Just based on what they’ve announced it sounds horrible, but I mean I’ll reserve total judgement until I hear the song.

MTD
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MTD

Oh, this screams “nationalistic pride”! Even the title of this song.

Apparently, they will teach us about their ancestry, roots and will mention the genocide. Oh, f**k.

I WANT QELE QELE BACK! Sing about love and sex people, take your nationalistic thingy back in your camp. Oh, wait. Belarua even jad I F***ING LOVE BELARUS as an entry back in 2011.

Leon
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Leon

@mawnck – To the contrary, I think the song is gonna be a cross between Rise Like a Phoenix and Fighter by Christina Aguilera hahaa

mawnck
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mawnck

Sounds like “We Are the World.”

“We Are the World” sucked.

Leon
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Leon

@William – Tamar lives in NYC at the moment. She’s a student at Columbia. @Paul – Well, Turkey is not in the contest so nobody needs to worry about that, as for Azerbaijan, they will always look for a reason to raise a complaint against Armenia. But, if Azerbaijan can get away with blocking Armenia’s votes in 2009 and not get punished for it, then Armenia should have the right to send a song that represents its heritage, again, as long as they refrain from making political statements – which I think they will.

YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

Oh shizzle! i just noticed the song name is “Don’t Deny”….jeez louise! Good thing Turkey isn’t here…or “Don’t Deny” the border disputes to Azerbaijan.

Awkward.

YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

The concept is good about “Building Bridges” but even I thought it got a tad bit political w/ the Armenian genocide but who knows, I bet the song will have zero relevance to the genocide…if anything, it should be like Israel’s “Be Happy!”

Paul
Guest

@Leon You are absolutely right. The political context of the creation of “Genealogy” group could trigger a boycott of Eurovision by Azerbaijan and Turkey in particular.

William Cahill
Editor

I don’t think Tamar Kaprelian has anything to do with Genealogy, as she has no connection with NYC.

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

Beccaboo dami im has nothing with armenia so that makes no sense i’d rather have her perform for australia

beccaboo1212
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I think Genealogy should look like this:
*Vahe Tilbian (from Africa, petal 1)
*Tamar Karpelian (from the United States, petal 2)
*Katya Ryabova (from Russia, petal 3)
*Dami In (from Austraila, petal 4)
*Rayan (from Lebanon, petal 5)
*Monica Avanesyan (from Armenia, center of the flower)

Leon
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Leon

@William – Yep, I am sure Turkey and Azerbaijan will start a chain of protests, but honestly, as long as the song does not imply or directly say anything, it cannot be forced to be changed. And, I hope Armenia has consulted with EBU before proceeding with this.

Bronson
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Bronson

How can you have Inga without Anush? 🙁