It has been a busy week in Armenia. Five songs have been released per day, revealing the Eurovision hopefuls vying to represent Armenia at Eurovision 2018. Among them is Mger Armenia, the man who finished second behind Inga & Anush in Armenia’s Eurovision 2009 selection. His 2018 song “Forever” has been accused of plagiarising Queen’s “Who Wants To Live Forever” and now the singer has hit back, accusing his competitors of plagiarism instead.

Mger Armenia is the stage name of Mher Mesropyan, one of the most decorated singers in Armenia today. After competing in the 2009 national final, he is taking a second shot nine years later.

In his song “Forever”, Mger boldly asserts “I want to live forever!”. This cry of immortality has made some fans notice a similarity with “Who Wants to Live Forever”, the 1986 song by the iconic British rock band Queen.

But are the two songs similar? Mger Armenia’s producer Giorgi Harutyunyan spoke out on the matter and had plenty of accusations of his own to make.

Mger Armenia — “Forever”

Speaking in an interview with Tert.am Life, Giorgi Harutyunyan denied the plagiarism accusations against his client. He believes that the audience will understand Mger Armenia’s message when they watch the live performance of “Forever” and will notice the difference between the meaning of the songs.

He also turned the table on Mger Armenia’s competitors, declaring that some of them had plagiarised other songs, including Russian pop songs. However, he did not indicate which of Mger Armenia’s competitors he was referring to.

Perhaps more interestingly, he also stated that none of the other 19 competitors would be any competition for Mger Armenia in Depi Evratesil. He revealed that Mger Armenia’s goal is not just to compete in Eurovision — he wants to win. Mger Armenia is focused on bringing Eurovision to Armenia by taking the trophy in Lisbon.

He also had plenty of shade to throw at some of Mger Armenia’s competitors, stating that the Armenian representative should be somebody who lives and breathes in Armenia, as opposed to somebody who has come to Armenia to make a name for themselves. This is a clear reference to two acts in particular — both Sevak Khanagyan and Tamar Kaprelian come from abroad. Ironically, they are the only two acts so far who are singing either partially or fully in the Armenian language.

What do you think of “Forever”? Are the plagiarism accusations accurate? Can Mger Armenia indeed bring the Eurovision trophy to Armenia? Let us know in the comments below.

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Kaisa Krannila
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Kaisa Krannila

That song is a novelty entry, isn’t it?

Insane
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Insane

this song would have been great in 1998 LOL

Ryan
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Ryan

He’s deluded… the international jury will not rank him high

DarkpassionPlay
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DarkpassionPlay

yo i like the shade 😀 Its so funny. He cleary has no competition yo , he goes to Lisbon and take what he wants because he CAN! I love that attitude , lets go Armenia! And that ” i want to live forever” is the next greatest thing ever , Europe will be on their knees wanting more and more of that! I just visualise how people will be climbing walls , dig tunnels and etc just to see a glimpse of that greatness that is represented by ”MGER”. Armenia 2019 , you have been warned!

Rick Narcoisian
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What a joke of a person. Not only has he got the wrost song, just cause tamar asmik and sevak didnt grow up in Armenia means nothing. There are 5 times more armenians livng OUTISDE armenia that inside. Artsvik and iveta didnt grow up in Armenia. He has psychological issues.

Zoe
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Zoe

One time someone in my school got caught plagiarizing Sparknotes on their book report. What they then did was include my entire 1st period class of plagiarism. When our teacher asked us if we all plagiarized our book reports, neither she nor us could stop laughing. And that is what this whole situation reminds me of.

Zoe
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Zoe

*accuse

Yerevan is calling
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Yerevan is calling

Boom Boom Chaka Chaka actually was better song than “Forever”! Boom Boom atleast was hilariously medicore while “Forever” simply is disgusting just like the personna who performes it. If he was talking about Tamar there is a clear example what she is doing for Armenia. She brings famous LA music producers to Armenia within her Nvak project aimed to help songwriting beginners and Lusine Mardanyan and her song’s cowriter are the students of Nvak Project.
What is doing Mher? He is just singing for the first Lady……. Well! I won’t continue …..

Héctor
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Héctor

“Perhaps more interestingly, he also stated that none of the other 19 competitors would be any competition for Mger Armenia in Depi Evratesil. He revealed that Mger Armenia’s goal is not just to compete in Eurovision — he wants to win. Mger Armenia is focused on bringing Eurovision to Armenia by taking the trophy in Lisbon.” Sorry? What a joke! They should listen his song again. If he continues saying he has no competition or he can win Eurovision, then they are delusional, stupid or just liars. Probably the producer wants to create some drama to give this guy the… Read more »

Jo
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Jo

Fool.

Hrant
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Last time I checked, the VAST majority of the Armenian people live outside the country(2.5mil in Armenia, 7.5mil outside). So calling out artists for not living in the homeland is kinda rubbish. And we’re all fully aware that the diaspora formed as an outcome of the Armenian Genocide. It seems to me that the Mher’s producer did way more damage to his client’s image, than answer to any of the issues addressed. He may have a powerful and beautiful voice(no one can say anything about it) but that song is NOT EUROVISION material. There are 3 categories of songs fo… Read more »

EscAU
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EscAU

Lol who is he? Might want to learn how to sing and take English lessons before criticising others, or at least have a good song is you’re gonna play nasty 😛

Ann
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Ann

Lol no one likes him and his song, if he wins it’s because he knows the right people.

West
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West

So his reaction is pretty much: “I’m not plagiarizing! You’re plagiarizing!” Really mature there.
Also – it’s good to be confident in your work, but I don’t think he has a chance.

Talentina Monetta
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Talentina Monetta

How delusional you must be to think that

Ron
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Ron

I don’t know what universe that guy lives in. His song is literally the worst! It’s almost as bad as Boom Boom Chaka Chaka. Actually, way worse.

NickC
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NickC

He is delusional if he really thinks he can win Eurovision with this song.
And the drama, accusations and corruption surrounding both Belarus and Armenia started to annoy me. I hope juries and televoters punish both countries.

Azaad
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Azaad

I don’t think they should be punished if the artists at fault don’t win their NFs. It’s not fair to punish Tamar at Lisbon for Mger’s transgressions.

Ron
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Ron

@NickC – Yes, and worst things happen in the national finals of Spain, Germany and other western countries, but you will never bring that up, will ya? The dumbest comment of the day award goes to you