Due to unforeseen circumstances, Armenia was unable to be present at Junior Eurovision 2020. But it’s set to bring its intended representative for Warsaw to Paris this year, as Maléna is set to represent the Caucasus country with the space-pop banger “Qami Qami”.

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Armenia at Junior Eurovision 2021: Maléna with “Qami Qami”

AMPTV has internally re-selected 14-yeat old Arpine “Maléna” Martoyan, a musician hailing from Yerevan that has long wished to go to Eurovision, having participated in the Armenian national selection back in 2018, as well as several local festivals.

A student from Sayat Nova Music School, Armenia, Maléna loves playing the cello, singing covers, and cites mostly R’n’B artists as her main influences, such as Jaden Smith, girl in red, Eazy-E, and more. She has been collaborating with the Armenian label TKN since 2020, who have also produced her intended entry for Junior Eurovision 2020, “Why”. Last year, she performed under the name Maléna Fox.

 

What do the “Qami Qami” lyrics mean?

“Qami Qami” is a space-pop number composed by Maléna herself, as well as David Tserunyan, the Head of the Armenian delegation at Eurovision; Tokionine, head of the record label TKN and former national final representative in 2020; and Vahram Petrosyan, composer of “Boomerang”, the Armenian entry for Junior Eurovision in 2017.

The song’s pulsating, other-wordly beats are complemented by their lyrics, talking about going to far away places to be who she truly is and how the winds can take her to this ideal state of being. When you reach that peace of mind, don’t let it go for anything in the world. Anyone can reach this ideal, anyone can strive to go to that place and be free of mind and spirit.

 

 

“Qami Qami” lyrics — Maléna (Armenia JESC 2021)

Written and composed by: Vahram Petrosyan, tokionine, David Tserunyan, Maléna

Armenian Transliteration

English Translation

I go high and
There’s a place where I feel safe and free.
Ayl a p’ayly,
Ayl a p’ayly k’aghak’i.
Yela, yela, ampern i ver,
I found myself, way far away

K’ami k’amin, indz noren ktani,
Herrunery depi, ama – am – amayi u,
K’ani k’ani, ver yellam aveli,
Yes kllam k’ami k’vo pes antesaneli.

Ver yenk’ verevum yenk’ el ch’enk’ yerevum menk’,
Hets a k’amin, ch’em vakhenum,
Vor kherrana na, vor kverana na,
Na indz pahela ir grkum.
Yela, yela, ampern i ver,
I found myself, way far away.

K’ami k’amin, indz noren ktani,
Herrunery depi, ama – am – amayi u,
K’ani k’ani, ver yellam aveli,
Yes kllam k’ami k’vo pes antesaneli.

Haa, k’ami k’ami, ama – am – amayi,
Haa, k’ami k’ami, ama – am – amayi,
I know you can feel it, the wind inside,
The same thing in my heart that makes me feel alive,
Whenever you feel it, don’t you think of falling down again

K’ami k’amin, indz noren ktani,
Herrunery depi, ama – am – amayi, u,
K’ani k’ani, ver yellam aveli,
Yes kllam k’ami k’vo pes antesaneli

I go high and
There’s a place where I feel safe and free.
The city shines differently.
I went higher and higher, higher than the skies,
I found myself, way far away.

The wind, the wind will take me again,
To the wilds far away,
Higher and higher I’ll go,
I’ll be invisible, like you, wind.

We’re high in the skies and no one can see us,
The wind is with me and I’m not afraid,
That it will leave me, that it will disappear,
It holds me in its arms.
I went higher and higher, higher than the skies,
I found myself, way far away.

The wind, the wind will take me again,
To the wilds far away,
Higher and higher I’ll go,
I’ll be invisible, like you, wind.

Ha… Wind wind,
Ha… Wind wind.
I know you can feel it, the wind inside,
The same thing in my heart, that makes me feel alive,
Whenever you feel it, don’t you think of falling down again.

The wind, the wind will take me again,
To the wilds far away,
Higher and higher I’ll go,
I’ll be invisible, like you, wind.

What do you think of “Qami Qami”? Will Armenia be able to get its second victory in the Junior Contest? Let us know below!

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Tatev
2 days ago

Malena????

Hasmik
3 days ago

Malena qami qami

Pastora Soler
Pastora Soler
10 days ago

This girl has a beautiful future. I bet she is going to represent Armenia in Eurovision in 2 years.

Adri
Adri
10 days ago

Armenia is by far the best this year. Even if the live performance isn’t top, she should still win this on one leg. This song is just out of this world

Norwegian
Norwegian
10 days ago

Omg! I’m shook. This is waay to good for JESC and almost for ESC aswell. Did not expect this at all. How old is this girl? So well produced and catchy track! I’m adding this to my playlist for sure! She should definetly represent Armenia in regular Eurovision when she’s old enough. This is like top 10 if not top 5 material..

esc_fl
esc_fl
10 days ago
Reply to  Norwegian

I think she is 14.

Pastora Soler
Pastora Soler
10 days ago
Reply to  Norwegian

She is 14, but 15 in January

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
11 days ago

Firstly, congratulations to Malena and David (the HoD) for writing something so beautifully chilled. Without seemingly trying to, these two seem to have produced a club hit. Gotta give credit where it is due. Secondly, I have been saying it for a long time: JESC should not be mixed with adult viewers. Social media involves adult viewers, so its promotion to them on social media platforms (and on Wiwibloggs) comes across to many as inappropriate. Thirdly, it’s obvious that Armenia’s music video is not trying to be “junior” as such, but is instead appealing to the “late teen” audience in… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
10 days ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

You left out tokionine, who wrote the music, and Vahram Petrosyan, who wrote the lyrics with the other three.

Rashad
Rashad
11 days ago

Usually painting your face is for American Indians, so seems a bit of a controversial styling to be honest. Odd that EBU allows this, song itself is okay.

Donkey
Donkey
10 days ago
Reply to  Rashad

what?

esc_fl
esc_fl
10 days ago
Reply to  Rashad

It’s not exclusive to indigenous peoples.

Ron
Ron
10 days ago
Reply to  Rashad

Didn’t Roxen have similar paintings on her face in her music videos for ESC selection? Looks like you’ve ran out of ideas to hate. Bye.

Hello hi
Hello hi
11 days ago

There must be the same director who is responsible for a lot of music videos out of Armenia. The video is very similar to “chains on you” Armenia 2020, also similar to Armenia 2017. Also the video for Iveta Mukuchyan “Depi nor Irakanutyun” .
I really like this and it would be a very credible esc entry.

Alex
Alex
11 days ago
Reply to  Hello hi

I thought the same about the visuals. Very similar. It was probably the same director.

Leo
Leo
11 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Artur Manukyan, who has directed every Armenian ESC music video since 2017, including Chains On You’s fantastic one (though Athena has directed or joint directed her music videos since ESC 2020’s cancellation) posted this video on his page so I think it is indeed him directing it again.

Last edited 11 days ago by Leo
Sabrina
Sabrina
11 days ago

I wouldn’t say it’s inappropriate or too adult. 14 year old girls listen to music like this and do moves like these all the time (spoiler: some actually dance to way racier tracks), the lyrics also have adequated content to a teen. I guess the confusion comes from the fact Malena seems to be quite mature for her age and the production here is darker than we expect from a JESC’s entry. I personally would prefer something different winning the contest, but can’t deny Armenia put a good effort on this one and it’s a good track that could even… Read more »

Apollo
Apollo
11 days ago

For everyone complaining that this is ‘too adult’ for JESC – you clearly have no idea what type of music kids and young teens are listening to.

Also, notice how the only people complaining that this is ‘too adult’ on social media are adults and not kids?

Michael
Michael
11 days ago
Reply to  Apollo

It depends, if the kids are 11+, then you’re absolutely right, younger kids are more uncertain. Still, “It’s been a long time since they (the critics) had a teenage life”.

Sabrina
Sabrina
11 days ago
Reply to  Apollo

Maybe it’s a cultural thing and in some countries 12, 13, 14 year olds still behave more like younger children, but I keep seing online (and I’m not even speaking of Junior Eurovision) this weird phenomenom of people becoming adults and forgetting how things were when they were pre-teens and just wanted to leave everything that was childish behind (sometimes getting to the point of being childish about it, of course :D).

Jonas
Jonas
11 days ago
Reply to  Apollo

I noticed how the only people liking the song are adults too. Children should not be on social media.

Ashton
Ashton
11 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

ah yes, you know everybody who likes the song

Jonas
Jonas
11 days ago
Reply to  Ashton

No, I don’t. Apollo was talking about social media. I don’t follow children on social media.

Danny
Danny
11 days ago
Reply to  Apollo

Nordic broadcasters have complained about the contest being too mature for years as well

Michael
Michael
11 days ago

I really like this song, but some of the fandom acting like it could win ESC are being melodramatic. But also, the people saying this is too adult don’t seem to realize what 14 year olds like, Malena, Olena and Simao are all singing songs that fit their tastes, but they’re all being called “too adult”. Unless you make the age range 9-13, or limit the creative output from these kids, songs like this are going to come up, especially from someone who likes rap and girl in red.

Last edited 11 days ago by Michael
Jonas
Jonas
11 days ago
Reply to  Michael

I can’t begrudge a 14-year-old for being herself, but I can begrudge the Kardashians or social media pressure or relentless marketing onslaughts or whatever else it is that makes them grow up too fast – before they are ready, sometimes.

Michael
Michael
11 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I don’t know what you think a 14 year old should be like, but I promise they are more like Malena than Ayana and probably have similar music tastes to Malena as well.

Bart
Bart
11 days ago

Love the song this could be the winner!

Polegend Godgarina
11 days ago

it sounds like something the radios would have spammed circa 2015 but it’s more than decent for jesc standards lmao

Ashton
Ashton
11 days ago

im just confused at the criticism that this is ‘too adult’. none of the lyrics are suggestive in any way and she is completely covered up in her outfits in the music video. is it really not child-friendly just because it…has a beat??? smh

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 days ago
Reply to  Ashton

It has a more mature sound than you usually hear at Junior Eurovision. You’re right, there’s not inappropriate about it, but it doesn’t sound “childish”.

Donkey
Donkey
11 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

it doesn’t need to sound childish. 14 year olds don’t listen to ‘childish’ music as you say

Kinga
Kinga
11 days ago
Reply to  Ashton

Yeah, she is covered, but the way she moves and sings is rather sensual. Even Deban said that.

Michael
Michael
11 days ago
Reply to  Kinga

Deban also said that “Mon Ami” was too adult for JESC, so his comments on what’s too “adult” shouldn’t be taken as gospel.

Jonas
Jonas
11 days ago
Reply to  Kinga

It was also called “club-ready” by Deban. Unfortunately, seven-year-olds are not let into clubs.

James
James
14 hours ago
Reply to  Jonas

“Unfortunately” lmao

Jonas
Jonas
11 days ago
Reply to  Ashton

There’s nothing suggestive about caviar, but children would still probably prefer a Happy Meal.

riley
riley
11 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

i think most everyday people would prefer a happy meal over caviar lmao

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
11 days ago

I like the song !! Good Luck for Maléna and Armenia

Ron
Ron
11 days ago

Everyone loves a good comeback story. If this is what Armenia is bringing for JESC, I can’t wait for ESC.

Una
Una
11 days ago

Happy to see Armenia back!! I like the song a lot but I cannot help feel it is more suitable for the big contest. The contrast between this one and the rest is stark – the other songs are more “child-friendly” so to speak.
There is diversity in the big contest too, which is great and welcome, but I feel that the junior contest has “a smaller range of genres and words” because of the ages of the contestants and the audiences.

Donkey
Donkey
11 days ago
Reply to  Una

We definitely should not limit the genres just because they are kids. I don’t know many kids my age who would listen to J’imagine regularly for example. We don’t just listen to childrens music you know.

Poju90
Poju90
11 days ago

My Personal winner

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
11 days ago

The song is catchy, but I can’t see it winning sorry. Song from North Macedonia sounds much stronger.

Last edited 11 days ago by Eurovision fan
raylee
raylee
11 days ago

i love it , but i think this big big hype is about the sympathy that fans feel for Armenia. Because of they couldn’t make it to the latest ESC and JESC. Yes it is good but it makes me shocked to see comments like it could win actual eurovision etc.

Last edited 11 days ago by raylee
Kinga
Kinga
11 days ago

I really like this song. It is well produced. Malena sings very good. But this is a radio song, not the contest song. I predict it will fail live, just like Spain last year. I know that now everybody will minus me, but I don’t care.

And btw. what the song is about? Lyrics are so repetative and about nothing. There is no clear message for kids. Be free? And do what?

melon
melon
3 days ago
Reply to  Kinga

Eurovision brings in cultural diversity, just because you don’t understand it or the message, doesn’t mean the 1,831, 497 people who have seen it also don’t.

Nobody Important
Nobody Important
11 days ago

My personal favorite of the year! Armenia really deserves to win this! Would also be a nice bonus after all the hell they’ve been through in the past year! <3

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
11 days ago

Seems like it’s a big fan favoruite but its end can be like ”Bim Bam Toi” and ”Palante.”
Remember what a big fanbase those song had , because those songs were better than junior standarts. But in the end , the more childish ones won because it’s a CHILDREN show.
So i think this one will be runner up and Russian song will be the winner. But i would be happy if Armenia wins because i like it very much

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
11 days ago
Reply to  Bombalurina

I think North macedonia finally has a shot for the win if they have a good performance this year. It’s child friendly but still modern, good for choreography and it appeals to both televote and juries.

Jonas
Jonas
11 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Are the juries for the junior contest still children?

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
11 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Im not certain but I remember that being the case last year.

Jonas
Jonas
11 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Thanks, it should be all-children.

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
11 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Each national jury is made up of 3 music industry professionals and 2 children

Jonas
Jonas
11 days ago
Reply to  Bombalurina

Thanks. It would be better if they at least had more children than adults.

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
11 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

yes also North Macedonia and Poland are seem to be big canditates for winning

Nobody Important
Nobody Important
11 days ago
Reply to  Bombalurina

Bim Bam Toi is WAY more childish and made for a “CHILDREN show” then Superhero. Yet Superhero won. Your point still stands tho.

Balint
Balint
11 days ago
Reply to  Bombalurina

Anything could happen. Georgia won in 2016 over the song of Armenia, which was much more child-friendly.

Russia won in 2017 over Australia, that had an other child-friendly song.

If child-friendliness was the biggest factor, than France should have won with flying colors over Poland in 2018.

Let’s also not forget the victory of Italy in 2014.

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
11 days ago
Reply to  Balint

yes of course this is another possibility. i just wanted to remind that big fan favourites can fail like 2 previous years. And we will see if a child-friendly song will win this year or not. Let’s see and Let the best song win 🙂

Donkey
Donkey
11 days ago
Reply to  Bombalurina

Poland was definitely the fan favourite in 2019. I feel like most people knew it would win.

Tulilintu
Tulilintu
10 days ago
Reply to  Donkey

France 2020 was a fan favorite

ellie
ellie
11 days ago

My Favourite! Good luck Maléna!

lasse braun
lasse braun
11 days ago

the fox is long dead,killed by keiino!

😀

Adri
Adri
10 days ago
Reply to  lasse braun

Keiino? You mean the overhyped Norwegan trash band?

lasse braun
lasse braun
10 days ago
Reply to  Adri

yes,sir!
and is was strange funny joke from me,too.

Aeria
Aeria
11 days ago

Decent song, but holy hell does the fandom go apesh*t over this one. People be acting like she’s already won and everyone who doesn’t have her in 1st is a heretic to them xD

Marc
Marc
11 days ago
Reply to  Aeria

Agree. The worst thing is seeing adults acting like this in a kids contest.
We’ve seen the fandom and diva obsession thing with Foureira or Iveta but doing it with Jesc and kids don’t feel right

Last edited 11 days ago by Marc
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
11 days ago
Reply to  Marc

Part of the reason is I think it’s out of sympathy for not being able to participate last year and stanning her would-be 2020 song “Why” which was declared as so good it could have won the 2020 Junior Eurovision contest had Armenia not withdrawn.

Jonas
Jonas
11 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Another part is that adults can enjoy this song more than children can. If this was sent to Turin, Maléna could be a Sandra Kim. I can’t see many seven-year-olds voting for it, though.

Michael
Michael
11 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Part of it is because it’s so modern compared to the other songs, part of it is the love of confident divas, part of it is sympathy over Armenia withdrawing and part of it has to do with how much Armenians are treating this like a rebirth after the war and the instability of the last year. Either way, they’ve turned into k-pop stans over this song and it’s very annoying, and I say this as someone who would rank “Qami Qami” as their favorite JESC song.