Next up is Armenia! Armenia has had a fairly consistent history with Eurovision, with only a slight budge from 2011 to 2013 when they didn’t perform so well. Their two best entries came last year and in 2008 when they placed fourth.
This year they decided to try things differently and had their representative be unique. The group, Genealogy, is composed of Armenians that were born and raised throughout the world. There’s Vahé Tilbian from Ethiopia, Tamar Kaprelian from the US, Stephanie Topalian from Japan, Essaï Altounian from France, Mary-Jean O’Doherty Basmadjian from Australia and finally Inga Arshakyan from Armenia. As you see there is one representative from (almost) every continent. This concept is itself is phenomenal. Ever since Romania did their song Liubi, Liubi, I love you in 2007 in 5 different languages, I wanted a country to have a song where all the singers were from throughout the world. It’ll be fun to see them all on stage together. Let’s see what the song itself sounds like.
Although it was originally called Don’t Deny, the name was changed to Face the Shadow in order to avoid controvery that the name was about Turkey denying the Armenian genocide. The song itself isn’t that great. With all the prep that Armenian did in chosing the singers you would think that their song would be equally well-prepared. Unfortunately, it just seems like a standard song that will get lost in the background. We’ll see where it ends up in the rankings, but I don’t think it will go very far this year.