Like in the previous year, the Armenian broadcaster T1 has made a kind of internal selection which is comparable with the system of The Voice. All participants have been singing covers songs. The young singer Artsvik has been chosen to represent Armenia in Kiev at the end of 2016. Later in 2017 the song “Fly With Me” has been selected out of 300 submitted entries. The composers Lilith and Levon Navasardyan have also been responsible in the years 2014 “Not Alone” by Aram Mp3 (4th place) and last year in Stockholm “LoveWave” by Iveta Mukuchyan (7th place), so it is to be expected that a good place is realistic.
The Armenian singer Artsvik was born in 1984 in Kapan in Southern Armenia, but grew up in Moscow. In 2013 she became a contestant in “Golos” the Russian version of The Voice, where she was eliminated in the battle rounds. In 2016 Artsvik tried to represent Armenia.
“Fly With Me” is pop song with quite a big part of traditional Armenian elements. Such kind of songs can only be heard at Eurovision. For Armenia the ESC has a very high importance, as the music market there is limited. This year’s Armenian entry is strong, but probably not as strong like “LoveWave”, but it’s a sure qualifier for the Grand Final.
Top 10: 7
Chances for Top 10: 70 %
Chances for Final: 90 %
Armenia was the first country from the Caucasus which has joined the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, 2006. This was a big surprise and a real enrichment in all matters. The debut entry “Without Your Love” by André reached a very good 8th rank. This year it will be the 11th entry from Armenia in the ESC.
The best results so far was two times the 4th place, which could be reached by Sirusho with “Qele Qele” in 2008 and by Aram MP3 with “Not Alone” in Copenhagen 2014. Over the years Armenia could pass the qualification round eight times and ended up the Top10 for 6 times. This is absolutely amazing. New countries can bring a lot of new energy into this established contest, and this has been appreciated with the always good points for Armenia. This means that Armenia has a very high chance of 70% to reach a Top10 position. This makes Armenia to one of the strongest newcomers in the recent ESC history. The music from Armenia is mostly very contemporary with folkloristic elements.
Armenia always wanted to win the ESC, at least they have won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and even hosted is in the capital of Yerevan. 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. Last year’s entry “LoveWave” by Iveta Mukuchyan made another fantastic 7th rank.
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About me: My first Eurovision I watched was in 1987, Brussels. Since then I am following the ESC with great enthusiasm. The greatest fascination for me is the fact that the entire Europe is watching the show at that specific night. Since 2010, Oslo I am a member of the eurovisionlive.com team. I had the chance to witness the second German victory with Lena. My biggest wish would be to have the orchestra back, as it used to be until 1998.