Saturday, 14 February 2009

Inga and Anush Arshakyan will represent Armenia in Eurovision 2009 with this poor choice of song

I did support Inga and Anush Arshakyan's bid to represent Armenia in Eurovision 2009. Why on earth did they change the initially advertised song Gutan - which was pretty good - instead sticking with this unsatisfying Jan Jan? Unless they stage a great show, this song is not a winner, not even close. Disappointed.

13 comments:

armen said...

urgh
whats this? i loved gutan, but this is disgusting.
this year, paris is calling with Patricia kaas.

The Cali Garmo said...

I completely agree. Their other song was so much better. I think even with a good performance this shouldn't win since I doubt it would get very many votes in the main competition.

BSW said...

I wonder if this year they are again going to have Russian dancers. Didn't like any of their perfomances. Even if it is Alla Dukhova's unbeatable "Todes" I still hope to see our dancers on the stage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyoWsDksZt0&feature=related

I've heard people saying we don't have good dancers/khoreography,if that is the case maybe it is high time to do smt about that?
Maybe they should consider sending Russian singers as well?;-)

Also I wonder what is actual number of Armenians in the UK since year after year Armenia gets 0 points from UK. Diaspora is blamed a lot for our high position in ESC. At least we don't have Terry Wogan's jokes for that;-)

Onnik Krikorian said...

I'm wondering if they didn't suddenly realize all songs have to be n longer than 3 minutes... ;-)

BSW, number of Armenians in UK is very small. Somewhere between 12-15,000 of which (when I was there 10 years ago) less than 1,000 are active.

Ani said...

My guess is that they were told they needed more English lyrics. "Gutan" was a better tune, but maybe with some serious reworking, this one can get tighter.

Onnik Krikorian said...

Not sure about the sim card reference, but this is what All Kinds of Everything for Eurovision has to say on the matter:

First off, I cannot understand why Armenian television can come up enough money to give their diaspora free sim cards to vote on Eurovision night, but can't find the wherewithall to have a websteam. Consequently I haven't seen this final but those that did, tell me that I missed very little of note. I did predict the winners, Anush and Inga, despite the fact thaat they changed their song at he last minute, because the original choice "Gutan" was available before October 1st.

Their actual entry "Jan Jan" is a bit of a mass by comparison, but there's no doubt that it will be tarted up for Moscow. It's VERY ethnic, so expect loads of costumes etc etc, however right now I think this might be the first Armenian entry to fail to make the Top 10 at Eurovision. Those sim cards will of course guarantee a qualification from the semi.


Now we have 20

Onnik Krikorian said...

Another comment on the same site:

Now, Armenia. Hmmmmm. This is a song that I am sure will be completely revamped between now and May. The artists only found out that they were definitely in the Armenian Final at the start of the week, so not a lot of time for rehearsals. However, on hearing/seeing the performance, I was not overly impressed. At least they sang 'Jan Jan ' live in the final, unlike Sirusho last year who mimed and we had to wait until the Belgrade stage to see that she was very weak live! At the moment, this is the weakest Armenian song chosen since they joined the contest but I may change my mind as time goes on. (well I hated Albania when I first heard it and I really like it now)


5 more songs for Moscow, lots of ballads so far this year

artmika said...

I think that reference about "sim cards for Diaspora" is totally rediculous...

Let's see if the song will grow on me or others. For now I am really disappointed, and in my opinion the song is killing Inga and Anush's potential. Oh well, at least there is Patricia Kaas to look forward to :)

Onnik Krikorian said...

Well, the point about Diaspora voting is a valid one although I've not seen one other reference to the allegation the site makes.

Anyway, it won't really help Inga and Anush in the finals because of the changes made to prevent political voting.

Meanwhile, there is apparently a sneak preview of Azerbaijan's entry.

Again, I can't even watch more than 20 seconds of the damn thing because of the crappy Beeline dialup.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH4fvoz_Dok

Anyway, from what I did hear, I'm not convinced her English is good enough to sing it without an accent. Still, let's see.

artmika said...

Agree with Ani, Inga and Anush need to do serious re-working on the song if they want to have any success during the contest.

Just watched that Azeri clip. It's only couple of lines in there, so difficult to judge, but the impression is that as of now she is very unremarkable and boring to put it mildly.

Let's see what Georgia will decide. Still could not force myself to listen to the Georgian entries, too much Eurovision for one week :) Not long to wait, anyway...

BSW said...

Onnik,
Thanks for clarification;-)

pigh said...

Their song is called "Nor Par".

artmika said...

Inga and Anush released video clip with final version of Eurovision 2009 song for Armenia - Nor Par (Jan Jan)