Armenia: Five backing vocalists to join Iveta Mukuchyan on stage

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Today the Public TV Company of Armenia announced that Iveta Mukuchyan will be joined on stage by five backing singers.

The singers who were chosen to sing LoveWave along with Iveta Mukuchyan include the co-composer of the song herself, Lilith Navasardyan. The other four singers are Anushik Ter-Ghukasyan, Masha Mnjoyan, Christina Mangasaryan and Sona Gyulkhasyan. Masha Mnjoyan has past Eurovision experience to bring to bear, as she competed for Armenia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2008. Masha finished in eighth place with her song Im ergi hnchyune.

Speaking about the selection process for the backing vocalists, Lilith Navasardyan profusely thanked everyone who auditioned.  It was a very long process and difficult to find a match, as some parts of the song were challenging for most singers

I’m so happy we have found our girls! All of them are very talented. They have great voices that suit this song perfectly. As for me, it was very surprising that I ended up not only creating this song, but also performing it as a backing vocal. I think the decision to include me was made because the draft version of the song was recorded with my voice and it seemed like my voice was always supposed to be there, just like the other instruments.

The other backing singers also gave their views on the song. Masha Mnjoyan said she was very excited to be returning to the Eurovision stage, especially when she first heard LoveWave. She says it is a completely unique song, unlike conventional pop music. She adds: LoveWave is such a powerful song. And Iveta is fabulous. I can’t wait to see what our team will come up with for the staging.

LoveWave is very experimental and that’s what I love about it. This wave is taking all of us out of space and time, making us come alive. I’m confident that our song will excite both the audience and the juries, says singer Anushik Ter-Ghukasyan.

I like how this song is both modern and ethnic at the same time. I just love how modern beats blend in with traditional Armenian tunes. And the instrumental part is incredible. I never thought that Armenian zurna could sound so melodic, says Christina Mangasaryan.

Sona Gyulkhasyan added that she had only one word when she first heard the song. I was very excited with AMPTV’s choice to send Iveta to Eurovision. I was really excited waiting for the song premiere, and as soon as I heard it, I had only one word in mind… wow!

Iveta Mukuchyan will represent Armenia with her song LoveWave at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. She will be the seventh competing act on stage in the first semi-final on Tuesday 10th May 2016.