The Armenian broadcaster ARMTV has made an internal choice and selected Gor Sujyan as representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. Gor is a very popular Armenian rock musician who has received several awards already e.g. “Best Newcomer 2009” at the annual Tashir Music Awards in Moscow.
Gor was born in 1987 in Yerevan. In the age of 17 he founded the band “Gor & Friends” where mostly cover songs for popular rock songs have been played. Surprisingly Gor never enjoyed music education. Later on the band was renamed into “The Dorians”, where Gor has been the lead singer; they mainly played songs in English, strongly influenced by the music of Led Zeppelin. The first album “Fly” was released in 2011.
The song “Lonely Planet” is a rock song with a strong e-guitar style. Interesting to know is that the song has been written by Tommy Iommi, who is the guitarist and founder of the metal band “Black Sabbath”. One the one hand rock songs have not been very successful in the ESC history, only Lordi could change it in 2006 with “Hard Rock Hallelujah”. On the other hand it’s good to see that the ESC has a lot of music varieties and offers a big range from pop, schlager, ballad and rock songs. The band “The Dorians” will join Gor at the ESC stage in Malmö.
Biggest success: 4th place “Qele Qele” by Sirusho in 2008, 1x 7th place, 2x 8th place, 1x 10th place
Armenia has joined the ESC as the first Caucasian country in 2006. The debut entry “Without Your Love” sung by André has qualified for the grand final and even reached the 8th rank! After that Armenia has become one of the strongest newcomers in the Eurovision family, while other newcomers have difficulties to qualify for the grand final, Armenia mostly made, only 2011 they did not make it. The best place could be made by Sirusho with “Qele Qele” in 2008 (4th rank). Due to political reasons Armenia did not participate in the 2012 ESC in Baku, Azerbaijan, which was a pity as the Eurovision Song Contest strongly emphasizes that it’s a contest of music and has no political impact.
Armenia has even hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 in the capital Yerevan.