Tonight, the Armenian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest was held. Nne acts competed and the jury and the SMS voters decided that Eva Rivas will represent the country in Moscow with the song Apricot stone written by A. Martirosyan and Karen Kavaleryan.
During an interview to an Armenian TV channel, Eva and her producer revealed that the song Apricot Stonecalls for peace and love all over the world. It is also supposed to symbolise the Armenian diaspora, as Eva lives in Russia but misses Armenia as she lives uproad. Eva has an Armenian and Greek background. Lyricist Karen Kavaleryan is already a well-known face to the Eurovision Song Contest community. He co-wrote the lyrics for the Russian entries in 2002 (Northern girl, 10th place) and 2006 (Never let you go, 2nd place) and wrote the Belarusian lyrics in 2007 (Work your magic, 6th place), the Armenian lyrics in 2007 (Anytime you need, 8th place), the Georgian lyrics in 2008 (Peace will come, 11th place) and the Ukranian lyrics in 2008 as well (Shady lady, 2nd place).
esctoday.com poll results
The esctoday.com poll voters agreed with the choice as Eva Rivas was the runaway poll winner getting 39.5% of the votes, more than twice as many as poll runner-up Maria Kizirian.
esctoday.com national final awards 2010
The 2010 esctoday.com National Final Awards will be held between April and May, which means between the national final season and the Eurovision Song Contest. We will repeat the same format with two rounds for nominations which was used this year – you can read how it works here. However, this time the individual polls for each country will always be held right after the national final, when the entries are still fresh. You can vote for your favourite performance not to qualify in the Armenian national final here and for your favourite song not to qualify here.
Armenia has been competing in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2006. In 2009, they were represented by Inga & Anush with the song Nor par (Jan jan), which finished tenth in the final making it the country's lowest placing entry to date.