• Kyriakos Tsinivits

Top Five Most Iconic Eurovision songs for Armenia's Independence Day

Today September 21 is the ‘Independence Day of Armenia’. On this day in 1991 the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic voted in a referendum to gain their independence from the Soviet Union.

Armenia made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 with their first representative being André, one of the countries top performers, who sung “Without Your Love”. His entry ended up in 8th place, making it an impressive start for Armenia. Over the last 13 years in the Eurovision Song Contest they have achieved seven top 10 placings.

Let’s look at our top five most iconic entries from Armenia:

5. Genealogy - Face the Shadow (16th place - 2015)

This powerful ballad, sung by the Armenian supergroup Genealogy, is about how happiness is born when people are united and live in harmony. The group consists of six members, five members representing the Armenian diaspora across the globe, and symbolising the five petals of the forget-me-not flower, and the sixth member in the centre is from Armenia. Representing Oceania is Australia’s very own Mary-Jean O’Doherty Vasmatzian.

The songs original title was “Don’t Deny”. It was perceived by many that the song had political overtones with possible references to the Armenian genocide. Over the concerns raised the Armenian delegation changed the songs name to “Face the Shadow” strengthening the songs themes.

4. Eva Rivas - Apricot Stone (7th place - 2010)

This catchy number is sung by Eva Rivas where she sings about an apricot stone, as Armenia is known as “The motherland of the apricot”. She is accompanied by back up singers and a dancer along with the famous Armenian ‘dudukahar’ Dijivan Gasparyan. He was 81 years old at the time and is one of the oldest persons to feature in a Eurovision performance. He is playing the Armenian national instrument the duduk which is made of apricot wood.

Watch out for the giant apricot stone in the background as it opens…

3. Iveta Mukuchyan - LoveWave (7th place - 2016)

This entry is one spectacular performance where Iveta has a great stage presence accompanied with everything a Eurovision stage has to offer, with crazy lighting sequences, smoke machine, wind machine, and graphic overlays. The songs’ musical build up to dramatic lighting changes and huge flames of fire just takes it to another level. And Iveta doesn’t need back up dancers, as she’s accompanied by clones! This performance really sets a benchmark for Armenia’s Eurovision performances in the future.

2. Aram Mp3 - Not Alone (4th place - 2014)

Any other year this uniquely powerful ballad with dubstep mix may have made an even bigger impact but in 2014 the Contest was full of power ballads including Sanna Nielsen’s “Undo”, The Common Linnets “Calm After the Storm” and the eventual winner Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like a Phoenix”. A fan favourite, Aram Mp3 takes this simple ballad to another level where during the key change the song smashes into dubstep along with fireworks and a crazy LED display graphics. We need more dubstep key changes in Eurovision!

1. Sirusho - Qélé Qélé (4th place - 2008)

In 2008 Armenia stormed in the Contest with this memorable performance which features both Armenian and English lyrics. Sirusho’s powerful voice and energetic dancing was rewarded with a 4th place for Armenia, their best placed song in the Contest a feat matched by Aram Mp3’s “Not Alone". It is a good placing considering that year also featured other strong female pop performances by Ukraine’s Ani Lorak with “Shady Lady” and Greece’s Kalomira with “Secret Combination”.

That year Sirusho’s “Qélé Qélé” received the Marcel Bezençon Fan Award which was voted by the members of OGAE, the official Eurovision international fan club. The song also became a hit in Greece and Cyprus and in 2013 Sirusho and fellow Greek Eurovision superstar Sakis Rouvas collaborated in a song called "SEE". As a bonus check it out below, its a europop bop!

And there we have it, our most iconic Armenian Eurovision entries.

We hope you enjoyed our countdown.

Who would you put in your top five?

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