On September 25 Armenia confirmed its participation at Eurovision 2016 with an exciting teaser video. The mysterious trailer gave very little away, save the fact that they were sending a solo female. After two and a half weeks we finally know her identity – it’s Iveta Mukuchyan!
The announcement was made on Armenian television earlier this evening, and comes less than a month after the country’s Head of Delegation Gohar Gasparyan denied the Iveta rumours. Following similar behaviour from the Netherlands surrounding Douwe Bob’s unveiling, are smokescreens set to be a trend for the Eurovision 2016 season? Shadow facers Genealogy would not approve!
A song has yet to be selected, with Iveta and the Armenian team issuing an open invitation for songwriters from across the world to submit potential tracks for her to sing in Stockholm. Those interested can submit their work to [email protected] no later than November 13.
The last time Armenia sent a female soloist to Eurovision was back in 2011. Emmy — she of “Boom Boom” fame — became the first and only Armenian act to miss the Grand Final. However, the land of Sirusho and Eva Rivas has certainly spoiled us with its fair share of female divas since its 2006 debut.
Speculation about the artist’s identity has been rampant. The wiwibloggs team had a four-way bet on Athena Manoukian, Sirusho, Tamar Kaprelian and Iveta (go us!). Our readers were also backing Tamar, along with her Genealogy bandmate Inga Arshakyan.
Who is Iveta Mukuchyan?
Born in Armenia, Iveta moved to Germany when she was just five years old. But when she reached her early 20s, her parents suggested she return to the Motherland. Iveta first came to public attention in Armenia in 2010 while competing on the singing show Hay Superstar (the Armenian version of Pop Idol), where she eventually placed fifth. Before this she was studying jazz-vocal and it sure paid off! In 2012 she competed on The Voice of Germany and gave her own rendition of “Euphoria”, eventually making it to the live shows.
Previously named Armenia’s sexiest woman, Iveta has been on our radar for quite some time. Last year hopes were high that she would represent the country, potentially as a part of Genealogy. And we even included her in our summer 2014 Wednesday Wishlist for Armenia. Check out her latest single “Simple Like A Flower”.
She’s also a definite contender to win Eurovision’s Next Top Model 2016…
Iveta Mukuchyan: Photo Gallery
What do y’all think? Is Iveta the right choice for Armenia? Let us know below.