Monday, 16 February 2009

“Be Free”: Armenian pop star Shprot delivers the most original gender bending performance during Eurovision show on Public TV

Well done, Shprot!!!

The best show of the evening during the national selection for Eurovision 2009 in Armenia came from the most original, scandalous, always unique Shprot. She is a kind of singer who I’d always prefer to watch, instead of listening to via my ipod or cd. Her voice is not her strongest feature. But her performance, her shows became the most talked about in Yerevan. Her last show was not an exception. It was the first of its kind in Armenia. Everyone whom I discussed with the national Eurovision selection on Public TV of Armenia mentioned Shprot’s performance as something which stands out. Not her voice or song per se, but performance (!).

Watch Shprot’s gender bending, Victor/Victoria style, ‘half man / half woman’ performance (along with her dancers) below. You won’t regret it.




One of her most popular recent songs is Positive with Aram MP3.

I would highly recommend watching her song Be Free (see below). It contains so much needed message to Armenians to be free, to liberate themselves, to quit being scared of desires and dreams.



As one of the comments to the video states: “Her song is about being free regardless of who you are, your gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, etc...whatever you are don't be afraid of it but rather embrace it that's her message..”

I propose this song as a hymn to sexual and social liberation in Armenia. Well, until someone else propose the better one.

I love you, Shprot!

7 comments:

artmika said...

In October 2007, in an interview with Armenian newspaper 168 Zham, responding to the question who she’d like to see as an Armenian president, Shprot answered: “Someone young, with pleasant appearance, and the one who respects minorities”. Journalist then tried to clarify: “National or sexual minorities?” Shprot replied: “Both national and sexual minorities. Whenever there is minority, I would always stand next to them and support them”.

My repects to Shprot!!

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- Իսկ ունե՞ք նախընտրած թեկնածուի ձեր մոդելը: Ինչպիսի՞ն պիտի լինի այն երկրի նախագահը, ուր դուք եք ապրում:

- Կուզեի լիներ երիտասարդ, հաճելի արտաքինով, ըըը՜...

- Բարձրահասակ, ուժերի ծաղկման շրջանո՞ւմ:

- Այո՛... Եվ փոքրամասնություններին հարգող մարդ:

- Ազգայի՞ն, թե՞ սեռական փոքրամասնությունների մասին է խոսքը:

- Թե՛ ազգային, թե՛ սեռական: Որտեղ կա փոքրամասնություն, որտեղ կա քիչ ուժ, ես միշտ նրանց կողմից եմ:

*168 Zham

Onnik Krikorian said...

No kidding...

BSW said...

Oh, yes, she rules!!!
Love her too exactly for the freedom she leads our narrow-minded society to! he he e..
Besides she is beautiful, helps too lol

Beauty will save the world! ;-)

Anonymous said...

youtube nazis have removed the Victor/Victoria style video. Can you post it again using another platform? Youtube is generally very homophobic and should be boycotted. I am not sure what is a good alternative though (blip.tv? myspace?)

artmika said...

What a shame... Thanks for letting me know. Will try to search the availability of that brilliant video clip by Shprot, and if successful, will repost it here.

artmika said...

I re-posted the video. However, it still a youtube one. I found Shprot's Eurovision show performance on dailymotion too, however it was of much worse quality. At least the one on youtube has a good picture quality, although it's of very poor voice-quality. Well, if I find, or if you find any better options, please, let me know and I will substitute it. It's really a unique video, I wish we have a genuine good quality one to put here and enjoy.

artmika said...

Just noticed that YouTube removed that video again. I now embedded a Dailymotion version. It's of poor quality, but at least I hope it will stay and you will get an idea.