She’s the Eurovision 2015 contestant who entered Depi Evratesil 2018 as a fan favourite with her song “Poison”.
And over the weekend Tamar Kaprelian gave the song new life during a stripped-back, acoustic performance on the popular AMPTV show Lav Ereko. The programme’s co-hosts — TV presenter Garik Papoyan and Eurovision 2014 singer Aram Mp3 — personally invited the American-Armenian star to perform.
Wearing a demure dress with an elegant floral pattern, Tamar sat on a set of stage stairs and wore her hair back to showcase her stunning face and wrinkle-free complexion.
Despite all the glam our attention was very much focused on her voice, which demonstrated renewed strength and vigour. It may be light and ethereal but there was real power there, too.
Tamar was joined by students and staff from the Nvak Foundation, the summer enrichment programme for the country’s up-and-coming musicians, songwriters and performers, which she founded.
The acoustic version shows the strength of “Poison”, which was originally performed in a more on-trend and electro way during Armenia’s national selection.
Despite the shift in tonality, the song still works and captures well the torment and toxins found in so many relationships.
Many fans remain perplexed about why Miss Kaprelian missed out on a spot in the final — she was long thought to be a contender for the crown. But that confusion hasn’t dampened her spirit and she has pressed forward with her love of “Poison” and Armenia.
In addition to working with students on their songwriting and singing, Tamar has spent the summer exposing them to professionals from the music and entertainment industries.
In a recent Instagram post she thanked Lav Ereko co-host Garik Papoyan for stopping by to chat with her students.
It was clear from their expressions that they were starstruck and inspired by yet another encounter with Armenian royalty.
Tamar’s recent “Poison” performance isn’t the song’s only connection to Nvak. She worked on the lyrics with some of the organisation’s talented youngsters (Yana, Sanahin, and Ovsanna to be precise).
As she told us previously, the song was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, as hinted at by the theme of poison. In so many ways her lyrics sets up another romance for the ages — and one defined by conflict and confusion.
“Don’t ask why, I get high,” Tamar says. “Poison running through my veins, I think I’ve gone insane…Drugged by your love, love, I pull, you shove.”
Mixing Armenian and English, the track builds on Tamar’s recent work, which has a definite ethnic edge and pays homage to her roots.
What do you think of the acoustic version of “Poison”? Should Tamar return to Depi Evratesil in the years ahead? Let us know down below!