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Iceland wins “Der kleine Song Contest”

In Austria, they had their own song contest this year. Divided over three shows, an expert jury chose three songs to be judged by Austrian televoters. And the winner is…. Iceland! Daði  & Gagnamagnið got 48% of the votes with their song “Think about things”, while Austria was the runner up with 33%. Malta became 3rd with 19% of the votes. The full results of the expert jury where: Show 1 Iceland 75 The Netherlands 71 Bulgaria 71 United Kingdom 66 Belgium 63 Poland 61 Romania 61 Israel 60 Spain 55 Cyprus 50 Georgia 49 Armenia 42 San Marino 35 Belarus 17 Show 2 Malta 97 Sweden 86 France 69 Russia 67 Switzerland 64 Lithuania 57 Finland 56 Ireland 55 Azerbaijan 50 Slovenia 50 Croatia 45 Latvia 36 Portugal 30 Moldova 28 Show 3 Austria 76 Denmark 73 Germany 66 Albania 62 Norway 62 Italy 59 Greece 51 Czech Republic 51 Estonia 48 Ukraine 45 North Macedonia 42 Australia 35 Serbia 35

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Athena Manoukian

About Quick Facts NameAthena Manoukian Born22 May 1994 Nationality???????? Greek National SelectionDepi Evratesil 2020 In Eurovision2020 Rotterdam (canceled) SongChains on you (2020) Biography Athena Manoukian is a Greek singer, born in Athens. She is of Armenian descend. In 2007 she won the first prize in the tv show “This is what’s missing”. A year later, she took part in the Greek national final for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.In 2011, Athena released her first single “Party like a freak”, which became a big hit in Greece. The song was followed by “I surrender” and “Na les pos m’agapas”. All of these singles became gold discs. Two years later, she found her international breakthrough with the song “Xo”. She won the Armenian Pulse Award for best song in English and she won the European Song Contest in Armenia. Both in 2015 and in 2016, she was a serious option for several countries to be their representatives in the Eurovision Song Contest, but it did not happen in the end. In 2017, she wrote a song for Helena Paparizou. In 2018, she performed in the X-Factor United Kingdom as a guest performer. In 2020 she was chosen to represent Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Chains on you”. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen because of the Corona crisis. Athena Manoukian did not remain silent after the cancelation of Eurovision. She released no less than 3 singles in 2021, followed by “Kiss me in the rain” in 2022. Entries Chains on you Country???????? Armenia Year2020 LanguageEnglish LyricsAthena Manoukian MusicAthena ManoukianDJ Paco Backings– Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/XpQHGMM8c5U

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Athena Manoukian wins in Armenia!

Athena Manoukian has won the Armenian final. She will represent country in Rotterdam. The full results are: Athena Manoukian, “Chains on you”, 168 pt. Erna Tamazyan, “Life faces”, 120 pts. Vladimir Arzumanyan, “What’s going on?”, 118 pts. Miriam Baghdasaryan, “Run away”, 108 pts. Gabriel Jeeg, “It’s your turn”, 99 pts. Tokionine, “Save me”, 96 pts. Sergey & Nikolay Arutyunov, “Ha, take a step”, 96 pts. Eva Rida, “No love”, 84 pts. Karina EVN, “Why?”, 84 pts. Agop, “Butterflies”, 75 pts. Arthur Aleq, “Heaven”, 65 pts. Hayk Music, “What it is to be in love”, 57 pts.  

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Tonight: Armenia Decides!

Tonight is the night for Armenia! Out of 12 songs, the Armenians will select their entry for Rotterdam 2020 tonight. The show, hosted by Gohar Gasparyan, will start at 19:00 CET. You can watch it here and here.  The contestants will be: Agop, “Butterflies” Karina EVN, “Why?” Hayk Music, “What it is to be in love” Erna Tamazyan, “Life faces” Eva Rida, “No love” Athena Manoukian, “Chains on you” Gabriel Jeeg, “It’s your turn” Sergey & Nikolay Arutyunov, “Ha, take a step” Miriam Baghdasaryan, “Run away” Vladimir Arzumanyan, “What’s going on?” Arthur Aleq, “Heaven” Tokionine, “Save me” The winner will be decided by 50% expert jury and 50% televoting. 

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And this ís the allocation draw!

Today, the allocation draw took part. The following order is not known yet, but it is known which country has to perform in which semifinal. 1st semifinal, 1st half North Macedonia Belarus Lithuania Sweden Slovenia Australia Ireland Russia 1st semifinal, 2nd half Norway Cyprus Croatia Azerbaijan Malta Israel Ukraine Romania Belgium 2nd semifinal, 1st half Austria Moldova Poland San Marino Serbia Iceland Czech Republic Greece Estonia 2nd semifinal, 2nd half Denmark Bulgaria Switzerland Finland Armenia Latvia Georgia Portugal Albania final – these countries are automatically qualified France (votes in semi 2) Germany (votes in semi 1) Italy (votes in semi 1) Spain (votes in semi 2) The Netherlands (votes in semi 1) United Kingdom (votes in semi 2)

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Today: semi final allocation draw

On Tuesday 28 January at 16:10 CET, the Semi-Final Allocation Draw will take place to decide which country will perform in which of the 2 Semi-Finals. During the ceremony, the Host City Insignia will be handed over from the city of Tel Aviv to the Mayor of Rotterdam. You can watch the entire event here at 16:10 CET. You will be able to see the 2020 Eurovision hosts Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit at work, as they will host the allocation draw too. The event will take place at Rotterdam’s City Hall. The pots for the allocation draw are as follows: Pot 1: Albania Austria Croatia North Macedonia Serbia Slovenia Switzerland Pot 2: Australia Denmark Estonia Finland Iceland Norway Sweden Pot 3: Armenia Azerbaijan Belarus Georgia Moldova Russia Ukraine Pot 4: Bulgaria Cyprus Greece Malta Portugal Romania San Marino Pot 5: Belgium Czech Republic Ireland Israel Latvia Lithuania Poland source: eurovision.tv

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Eva Rivas

About Quick Facts NameValeria Alexandrovna Reshetnikova-Tsatouryan Born13 July 1987 Nationality🇦🇲 Armenian🇷🇺 Russian (not sure) National SelectionEvrotesil 2010 In Eurovision2010 Oslo SongApricot Stone (2010) Biography Eva Rivas is a Russian-Armenian singer. She was born Valeria Reshetnikova-Tsatouryan on July 13, 1987, in Rostov-on-Don, hails from a diverse background. Her father, Alexander Reshetnikov, was born in Vladivostok, while her mother, Piruza Tsatouryan, is Armenian from Yerevan. Eva’s stage name honors her Greek great-grandmother. Eva’s musical career began early in life. She joined the Armenian school choir and, from ages 9 to 17, was the soloist for the Armenian pop ensemble Arevik. The ensemble earned numerous accolades, including the title of People’s ensemble in 1997. Eva herself won the Grand Prix at the Scarlet Flower children’s song contest and two silver medals at the First Russian Youth Delphic Games in 1999. In addition to her musical pursuits, Eva trained at the Image-Elite beauty and social etiquette school, becoming one of its leading models and twice winning the title Little Beauty of Rostov. She participated in various modeling contests across Russia. In 2004, she entered Rostov State University, majoring in World Economics and International Relations. 2005 marked a significant year for Eva. She earned titles such as Golden Voice of RSU, Miss Pearl of Don, and Vice-Miss Caucasus. She also won first prize at the Song of the Year of Armenia contest in Moscow, where she met her future producer Valery Saaryan. In 2007, she placed third in the Five Stars Song Contest in Sochi and spent two years dancing with the Street Jazz school. In 2008, Eva began working with the Moscow production center Armenia Production. She recorded an album featuring compositions by Sayat Nova, guided by maestro Ruben Matevosyan. In 2009, she released a music video for “Tamam Ashkhar” and frequently appeared on Armenian TV shows. Eva’s career reached new heights in 2010 when she represented Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo with the song “Apricot Stone.” The song, symbolizing Armenian nostalgia, earned her a spot in the finals, where she finished in 7th place. In 2012, there were plans to represent Armenia again in the contest; however, Armenia decided not to take part that year. In 2014, Eva Rivas released a new single called “Armenia”. In June of that year, she performed in Georgia along with Anri Jokhadze. In August, the song “Veradardz” was released. Also, she was one of the judges in The Voice Armenia. As a model, Eva Rivas played a main role in the video of Anri Jokhadze’s song “Tovli Modis”.  In 2020, Eva Rivas received an award for her good deeds during corona. It was given her by the prefect of the North-Western Administrative District of Moscow; the area were she currently lives. In April 2023, Eva Rivas started performing again.  Entries Apricot Stone Country🇦🇲 Armenia Yearyear LanguageEnglish LyricsKaren Kavaleryan MusicArmen Martirosyan Backings– Results Semi Points: 83Position: 6Running order: 2 Results Finals Points: 141Position: 7Running order: 21 https://youtu.be/A60atIirQAw?si=-5LFzJ1ZXd97cdtn

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Aram MP3

© Albin Olsson About Quick Facts NameAram Avetiki Sargsyan Born05 April 1984 Nationality🇦🇲 Armenian National SelectionInternal selection 2014 In Eurovision2014 Copenhagen SongNot Alone (2014) Biography Aram Avetiqi Sargsyan, better known as Aram MP3, is an Armenian singer-songwriter, comedian, showman, and actor. He was born on April 5, 1984, in Yerevan. From his childhood, he has been involved in several choir groups and theatrical performances. Although he always dreamed of a great fame, he chose the profession of a pharmacist, graduating from the Yerevan State Medical University.  During his student years, Aram participated in the shows of the comedy program “UHA”. In 2006, Aram became a member of the comedy club “32 Teeth”, where one of his colleagues, Vahagn Grigoryan, nicknamed him MP3, and he decided to use it as his stage pseudonym. In 2007, Aram became known as the winner of the competition 2 Stars of the Public Television Company. Collaborating with the Shant TV company, he hosted that TV company’s X-Factor, Armenian Superstar, My Name Is, Power of 10, and other projects. Aram was a member of the comedy project Vitamin Club, which was broadcast every week. In the Public Television Company, he hosted the Good Evening program with Garik Papoyan. On December 31, 2013 it was announced that Aram had been chosen by internal selection to represent Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. On March 14, it was announced that Aram would perform the song “Not Alone” at the contest. Hopes were high as the song was in the lead at the bookmakers for a long time. Aram reached the final with his song, and got a 4th place in the overall ranking. Following his Eurovision stint, Aram MP3 made numerous guest appearances on prominent Armenian TV programs, including The Voice and X Factor. He released a new single, “Help,” on February 7, 2015. In 2016, he lent his voice to the character of Adult Simba in the Armenian version of The Lion King, also performing the lead vocals for “Circle of Life”. That same year, Aram began serving as a judge and mentor on the Armenian Eurovision National final, where he guided a team composed of Saro Gevorgyan, LUCY, Lilit Harutyunyan, and Jujo. Unfortunately, all his team members were eventually eliminated, with LUCY securing the 6th position in the competition. In February 2017, Aram collaborated with Iveta Mukuchyan to release a single called “Dashterov.” On May 21, Mukuchyan announced a new traditional project in collaboration with Aram, also titled “Dashterov”. The project’s first song, “El Eghnim,” came out on June 15, and the second song, “Let the wind blow,” followed a week later, on June 22. Later in the month, Aram participated in a humanitarian project to assist Armenian children diagnosed with cancer, alongside several well-known Armenian artists like Mihran Tsarukyan, Erik Karapetyan, and Iveta Mukuchyan. In 2020, Aram teamed up with Arame, Arabo Ispiryan, Mihran Tsarukyan, Mkrtich Arzumanyan and Arsen Safaryan for the song “Heros therq”, which is an ode to the fallen soldiers in the war with Azerbaijan. In 2023 he released a new single “Depi bardzunq”, followed by the song “Shat apres Yerevan”. Entries Not Alone Country🇦🇲 Armenia Year2014 LanguageEnglish LyricsGarik Papoyan MusicAram Sargsyan Backings– Results Semi Points: 121Position: 4Running order: 1 Results Finals Points: 174Position: 4Running order: 7 https://youtu.be/oj0oOV-2fRQ

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Emmy

About Quick Facts NameEmma Bejanyan Born12 April 1984 Nationality🇦🇲 Armenian National SelectionEvrotesil 2011Evrotesil 2010Evrotesil 2007 In Eurovision2011 Düsseldorf SongBoom Boom (2011) Biography Emma Bejanyan, known professionally as Emmy, is a prominent Armenian singer born on 12 April 1984. Renowned for her significant impact on the Armenian music scene, Emmy has been labeled a “pop princess” and an “Armenian pop icon.” Her career in music began in 1993 with the release of her first song and video, “Hayastan,” propelling her into the limelight and leading to numerous awards in Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Europe, and beyond. Emmy’s early career was marked by her involvement with the all-female folk-pop quartet Hayer, with whom she performed from 1994 to 2000. This period was integral to her development as an artist and helped establish her as a formidable talent in the Armenian music industry. Apart from her singing career, Emmy is also a businesswoman. She founded and runs the Emmy-B Production Center, a music production company dedicated to discovering and nurturing young musical talents in Armenia. Her commitment to fostering new artists underscores her influence and dedication to the Armenian music scene. Emmy’s journey in the Eurovision Song Contest has been a notable aspect of her career. She first participated in the Armenian national final for Eurovision in 2007, where her song “You’ve done it” achieved a respectable fourth place. In 2010, she teamed up with singer Mihran for the pre-selection of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, performing the song “Hey (Let Me Hear You Say),” which garnered the endorsement of international superstar Ricky Martin. Despite their impressive showing, they finished second to Eva Rivas. The pinnacle of her Eurovision journey came in 2011, when Emmy represented Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf, Germany. Unfortunately, her performance on May 10 did not qualify for the final, marking her as the first Armenian Eurovision act to miss out on this stage. Despite this setback, Emmy’s career continued to flourish, and she remains a beloved and influential figure in Armenian pop music. In May 2013, Emmy released a new single, “Qez gta”. At the end of 2013, she released a new, special christmas/newyear album called “Nor tari”. In 2014, Emmy expanded her career into television, serving as a judge on the Armenian edition of The X Factor during its third season. This role allowed her to share her expertise and insights with aspiring singers, further cementing her status as a key figure in Armenian pop music. In the summer of 2014, she was voted person of the year 2013 by the readers of Luxury Magazine. In September, she released the song “Sari aghjik”. In June 2015, Emmy released a new song: “Hayeli”. In August 2016, the single “LA Yerevan” was released, followed in December by “Benefis”. A year later, Emmy performed at the Silk Road Indie Music Festival in Chengdu, China. She also performed at the Panarmenian games in 2019. Entries Boom Boom Country🇦🇲 Armenia Year2011 LanguageEnglish LyricsSosi Khanikyan MusicHayk HovhannisyanHayk Harutyunyan BackingsJenia Evgenios BuliEmy Armine ZaryanCharalampos ChristodoulouCharalambos Savvas Results Semi Points: 54Position: 12Running order: 4 Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/FsKBnL6dWOk?si=nydBgQpP-La-ccir

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Iveta Mukuchyan

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameIveta Mukuchyan Born14 October 1986 Nationality🇦🇲 Armenian National SelectionInternal selection 2016 In Eurovision2016 Stockholm SongLoveWave (2016) Biography Iveta Mukuchyan is an Armenian singer. She was born in 1986 in Yerevan, which was then part of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1992, she relocated to Hamburg, Germany. They briefly moved back to Armenia in 1995 but soon returned to Germany. Mukuchyan attended school in Hamburg, from 1998 to 2006, while also working as a part-time waitress.  While in Germany, Iveta joined a music club and sang Celine Dion’s hit “My Heart Will Go On” during an event, leading her parents to realize her potential as a singer. Mukuchyan later enrolled at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, leaving her design studies in Germany incomplete.  Iveta Mukuchyan began her musical journey in 2009 by participating in the fourth season of Hay Superstar, the Armenian equivalent of Pop Idol, where she claimed the fifth spot. Her performance earned her the Discovery of the Year award at the Armenia Awards in Moscow. She also made a notable appearance on the French track “L’amour n’a pas de loi” from Ararat 93’s debut album, Amalgame, in 2010. In 2011, she participated in Parahandes, an Armenian version of the British show Strictly Come Dancing, but didn’t make it to the semifinals. That same year, she also earned third place in The Voice of Hamburg, a German singing competition. Mukuchyan made several appearances on Armenian talk shows and graced the cover of El Style magazine. In 2012, she stepped into the international arena by participating in the second season of The Voice of Germany. She went on to win in the second stage of the competition. The same year, El Style magazine hailed her as the “Sexiest Armenian” and featured her on their cover in December. In October 2015, Iveta Mukuchyan debuted her single “Simple Like a Flower,” complete with a music video. The same month, Armenian Public Television chose her to represent Armenia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. She performed “LoveWave,”, which was selected as Armenia’s entry in February 2016. The song and its music video premiered in March 2016. She promoted “LoveWave” at the Eurovision Pre-Party concert in Moscow in April 2016, but modified some lyrics in light of the ongoing Artsakh conflicts. During the first Eurovision semifinal in May 2016, Mukuchyan stirred controversy by displaying the flag of the disputed Republic of Artsakh, leading to backlash from the Azerbaijani press and a “serious breach” statement from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). This could have potentially led to Armenia’s disqualification from future events. In response, Mukuchyan expressed her allegiance to her homeland and her desire for peace. “LoveWave” finished seventh at Eurovision.  Beyond music, she starred in the 2016 adventure-comedy film Run Away or Get Married and recorded the film’s soundtrack. At the Pan Armenian Entertainment Awards in November 2016, Iveta was appointed Armenia’s entertainment ambassador and performed her Eurovision song “LoveWave” and a new single, “Amena,” which she said speaks to women’s transformations, inner struggles, and values. In December 2016, she launched her first EP, “IvaVerse”.  In early 2017 Iveta collaborated with Aram Mp3 on a single called “Dashterov,” which later won a Song of the Year award. She announced a traditional-music project, again with Aram Mp3, based on their joint single. The project received a Best Collaboration of the Year award and Mukuchyan was recognized as the Diva of Armenian Pop. In January, Iveta announced an upcoming song which was released on February 1st under the title “Siraharvel Em Qez”. She embarked on an ambitious music project in South Africa known as “The Journey of a Woman”. Over the course of the year, she gave solo performances at Moe’s on the 5th restaurant in Dubai on multiple occasions: March 15th, April 19th, and May 5th. She also participated in the 2018 Swallow Music Awards, where she received the prestigious award for Best Female Singer of the Year. On April 1st, Mukuchyan held a concert at the KAMI Music Club with her band, performing songs from her Dashterov project as well as her most recent singles. She co-starred in the 2017 movie The Path of Our Dream. That same month, she released her debut solo album, “Armenian Folk”. In November, she and her sister launched their own brand at the MADE shopping center. During the 2018 protests in Armenia, Iveta Mukuchyan vocally supported the anti-government demonstrators, performing “Hayastan Jan” in Yerevan’s Republic Square on both days of the Prime Ministerial election. Later, on May 31, 2018, she collaborated with SONA and Ara Martirosyan to host a concert at the Aram Khachaturian Grand Concert Hall.  That summer, Mukuchyan collaborated with record producer Narek Mets Hayq on the song “Mets Khagh”, featuring Roland Gasparyan and Hayk Karapetyan. In October 2018, the first and second parts of her South African project were released, titled “Margo” and “Rich Bitch” respectively. Mukuchyan, alongside other Armenian singers, staged a tribute concert titled “For You, Aznavour” in October 2018, to honor the late French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour. Following the concerts, she released an Armenian version of Aznavour’s song “Quand Tu M’Aimes” (When You Love Me). On November 17, 2018, she debuted a new song, “Hayastani Axjikner” (Armenian Girls), during an episode of the Armenian comedy show Women’s Club.  On International Women’s Day, Iveta Mukuchyan staged her first performance at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, California. To generate awareness for this concert, she featured on several Armenian television shows broadcasted in the United States. On April 28, 2019, she unveiled the third and concluding part of her trilogy “The Journey Of A Woman,” titled “United.” Mukuchyan showcased her single “Hayastani Axjikner”  on May 11, 2019. During the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in October 2020, Iveta Mukuchyan curated a virtual music concert named Rock for Artsakh which featured both Armenian and international artists. In November, she was involved in a charity song for Artsakh named “Mez Vochinch Chi Haghti” (Nothing Will Win Us) alongside other renowned

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