I was hoping that presence of Ben on the stage in Sweden will do the trick to add an element of excitement and anticipation.
*picture - via Ben Dahlhaus FB page
*Ben Dahlhaus InstagramBut…
Only when I saw Iveta performing live during the Eurovision rehearsals, she really did make an impact on me. Her vocals are quite strong, and she owns the stage during the performance. Good job, Iveta.
It’s amusing to read comments dubbing her Armenian Beyonce :))
There is no doubts for me that she will easily qualify from the semifinal. The question is how far up top she will manage to reach during the finals. Wiwibloggs reviewers seem totally impressed.
Here is a music video of "Ari Yar" by Iveta Mukuchyan, full of diversity, and I like it. I want to see more such works from Iveta.
Btw, as part of Eurovision promotional tour, Iveta hosted Malta’s Ira Losco in Yerevan.
*picture via oikotimes
Here is the fact that was not highlighted by Public TV in Armenia: Ira Losco is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights.
I wish the day will come when I can say the same about Armenia representative at Eurovision. And I wish one day ‘Eurovision Armenia’ will proudly present such messages on their FB page.
Considering the high level of homophobia in Armenia and in line with the tunes of her song, I want to hear from Iveta a powerful all-inclusive message of love. Yes, with specific mention of LGBT people too.
Re other South Caucasus entries:
Azerbaijan: Samra is a beautiful singer with catchy song, but vocally she is the weakest among the South Caucasus entries.
Georgia: Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz are the least conventional among South Caucasus entries.
Great band, including musicians of mixed Georgian and Armenian roots.
*picture via esckaz
Here is a performance of "Gay Swimmer" (yes, you read it right! pay attention to the background of the picture above too) by the band.
However, I am not sure about the choice of their song “Midnight Gold” for Eurovision. Still, best of luck to Nika and Young Georgian Lolitaz.
Another singer to keep an eye on is Ukraine’e entry Jamala, of mixed Crimean Tatar (father) and Armenia (mother) origin. She will present with the song “1944” aimed at Russia, a tragic tale about deportation of the Crimean Tatars.
And finally, I really like France entry this year, and Russia’s Sergey Lazarev will certainly do well.