Genealogy — Armenia’s Eurovision super group — will reveal its song ”Don’t Deny” and its official video on AMPTV on March 12 at 18:30 CET. They’ll also reveal the sixth act — an Armenian-based singer — who will join Essai Altounian (France), Tamar Kaprelian (United States), Vahe Tilbian (Ethiopia), Stephanie Topalian (Japan) and Mary-Jean O’Doherty Vasmatzian (Australia). The participants recently visited Armenia for a short trip to record the song and the music video, which was directed by Aren Bayadyan. AMPTV tell us a bit more below. Are you loving the concept?

Genealogy: Main idea and concept

Genealogy454“The slogan for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 ‘Building bridges’ inspired us to create ‘Genealogy.’ Two basic characteristics connect our 6 artists – the first one is the blood running through their veins that carries Armenian genetics, national traits and the reach history of Armenia.”

“The second one is music, which also unites genetically. We have built a bridge between the past and the future, Armenian genetics and world music, Armenia and Eurovision. This is the genealogy of history and music – it can be distinctly defined from the official logo that the life tree has strong roots and branches reaching out to heights with the shape of connecting molecules. AMPTV’s designer Luiza Petrosyan was the creator of Genealogy’s logo.”

Gohar Gasparyan on the artist selection

Gohar Gasparyan (1)Gohar, Armenia’s head of delegation and an Armenian TV personality, elaborated on her inspiration when forming the group.

“While implementing the idea and selecting participants, the necessity to define the geography was extremely challenging because we, Armenians, have numerous talented artists spread all over the world and every Armenian is aware of Armenia-Diaspora-Artsakh unity. So we started looking for talented, young and charming artists and the initial list included over 30 names. However, according to the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest, only 6 people are allowed to perform on the stage. Armenian Public TV Company made the tough decision considering singer’s ability to perform live on stage, diversity and peculiarities of vocal capacity and style.”

“From the continent of Europe Essai Altounian has been selected. Despite his charming voice and appearance he was slightly popular in Armenia. Several years ago he took part in one of AMPTV’s musical projects and recorded a music video dedicated to Yerevan.”

“From the continent of Asia we had many potential participants but Stephanie Topalian has been selected. She was a real discovery, my discovery, because none has ever heard about Stephanie in Armenia. It was challenging to find her through the Internet because in Japan other social platforms are being used, however it was meant to be. With uniquely beautiful facial features of Armenian-Japanese mixture and soft delightful voice our compatriot joined the project.”

“In terms of continent America it was relatively easy, as there is a large Armenian community and we pretty much know all of them. There were some discoveries in South America, yet our choice was the elegant singer Tamar Kaprelian. Tamar was also slightly popular among Armenian fans and her name was even actively discussed in Social Media as a potential participant for Eurovision several years ago.”

“In the continent of Africa we did not have a large choice – there are Armenian communities mostly in Egypt and Ethiopia. We selected Vahe Tilbian because he has great experience in singing live and he usually performs with a band. He has a very enthusiastic character and is a great patriot.”

“In Australia there is a wonderful world-renowned soprano Arax Mansourian as a representative of the elder Armenian generation and she was the one to direct us to one of her students – Mary-Jean. This choice took only one minute. We agreed without hesitation because the powerful voice of this opera singer is attracting from the very first second.”

“The group would be impossible without a representative from the Republic of Armenia, simply because the bridge is being built between Armenia and Eurovision. The singer, who will be revealed along with the premiere of the music video, is the center and the connecting dot of “Genealogy”. The singer’s voice is powerful and diverse, even in the song it is uniting and connecting the five voices.”

“Don’t Deny”- The song and the music video

“The song has also been selected internally. We have been collaborating with numerous Armenian composers and lyricists. This year I was especially thrilled with the fact that after our last year’s success in Eurovision there was a wave of excitement and desire to create a winning song. The creative team of AMPTV selected the song composed by Armen Martirosyan and lyricist Inna Mkrtchyan. This was the song to perfectly fit Eurovision song format and combine all 6 unique voices creating the desired atmosphere on the stage.”

“We decided to have a double premiere and present the song along with the music video considering that it is making a greater impact and is reinforcing the power of the narrative. The song is about universal values and the message is one – “Happiness is born when people are united and live in harmony with themselves, their families, love relationships and so on. Generations are shifting with time but the genealogy remains, thus the values of love and peace are stable.”

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Ahmed
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I bought the enitre collection of books for my kids, and also for my nephews who live in California. The kids’ ages range from 4-10 yrs. old, and all of them enjoy the books. My kids find the books to be funny and fun to read. My husband and I appreciate the creative way that the books reinforce the Armenian language and culture to our kids. Great initiative by the author to capture in story-form what we as Armenian parents have experienced during our youth. As more and more generations of American-Armenians grow farther away from our foreign-born parents’ customs… Read more »

Bakuboy
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Bakuboy

Dear wiwi in this text you wrote artsak unity there is none artsak there is Karabakh a part of Azerbaijan which occiped by armenian military an whole word know it such must remeber it and don’t write such politc news please

Lolilly
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Lolilly

@wiwibloggs
Please block this person called “Bakuboy” for instigating arguments amongst many wiwibloggs followers. If this continues, we are going to take further actions …
Please. Follow the conversations and block this person ASAP!

Marho
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Marho

Bakuboy, this isn’t the place to discuss something like that.
Everyone knows thats the genocide has happened, including myself, a historian living in Belgium. Just get over it, don’t get childish, Jesus.

ON: I think it will be great, I’m looking forward!

Lolilly
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Lolilly

I’m running out of patience for waiting for this song. I think it’s going to be unbelievable though.

gonza
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gonza

Not bad if Ken Davitian and Sacha Borat Cohen together with Kim Kardashian will join in too.

EF0912
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EF0912

I can’t help but thinking that this will end up like Switzerland 2006. I hope it doesn’t though as I really love Armenia in Eurovision ( I’ve only ever hated their 2013 entry)

Eurovisionpt
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Eurovisionpt

I’m really excited for the song, the performance, aaaaaaaaaaahh. I’m sure it will not disappoint…

Lev
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Lev

Now I’m laughing my ass of to Azerbaijan.
Dont deny a song about the genocide? HA-HA.

I am so excited!

Antranig Shokayan
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I cannot wait for this announcement <3

Paul
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Paul

I’m so excited … thank to Armenia US also is in eurovision ?

Mihai
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Mihai

Guys rock… and the composer is Armen Martirosyan who also composed Apricot Stone for Eva Rivas … Seems Armenia will compete with another ballad ? )

Leon
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Leon

Create the winning song? Is Armenia implying….yes, yes Yerevan 2016 would be awesome!

Mario ~ My Vision of Gay Love ~ My Armenian Flower *G*ene*A*olog*Y*
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Mario ~ My Vision of Gay Love ~ My Armenian Flower *G*ene*A*olog*Y*

The line up of the 5 petals of my beautiful flower G~ene~A~olog~Y
is just great..! *ESSAI*! <3
I *don't deny* that i have a crush on this armenian french hunk babe.. <3 😉

So i'm waiting 4 the final chapter that is the center of the flower.. 🙂
Don't Deny / or the alternative *Never 4Get*
Im so looking 4ward to finally hear the song! In 6 days! 🙂

beccaboo1212
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OMG! Keep praying for this talented young lady to be the final member:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monica_Avanesyan

MalteseTimpana
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MalteseTimpana

Good luck to them! Was a fan of Stephanie a few years ago & I’m so happy she’s gonna be representing Armenia!