Introducing 2013: Armenia

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Thirty-nine countries are competing with the aim to lift the trophy in Malmö. The fourth country to be introduced is Armenia. The country is returning in the Eurovision Song Contest and this year Dorians will fly the Armenian flag in Sweden.

Basic information

Performers: Dorians
Song: Lonely planet
Language: English
Music: Tony Iommi
Lyrics: Vardan Zadoyan

The song

The rocky Armenian entry promotes the message of peace and tolerance as our world faces crises in every aspect of life.

Who’s the one that starts a war?
Who’s dictating what is less and more?
Who can change the night and day?
Who’s the one with clever face?
That can tell us what is in the space?
Playing games that none can play.

Maybe someday we’ll break the wall.
Maybe the light will touch us all.

Lonely planet!
Who has done it?
Who can save you?
Who can stop it?

The performers

Gor Sujyan is the lead singer of the band Dorians. The Dorians have received many awards: Best Rock Group of the Year, Best Video of the Year, Rock Number One. The band’s first concert was held in 2009 and was dedicated to the legendary Led Zeppelin rock band.  The world famous rock band had a big influence on the formation of the Dorians.

In 2008 when the boys gathered together they created a band called Gor and Friends and they began to perform the songs by Led Zeppelin. Soon after they decided to perform not only cover songs, but also their own songs and decided to rename the band from Gor and Friends to Dorians.

At the beginning the band only performed songs in English, but soon the Dorians made a great revolution in their repertoire presenting their fans the song Yes kulam which means I’m Crying in Armenian. The song was loved by everyone, maybe because it’s about love, but not about freshman’s love, as Gor said during one of his interviews: It’s about a greater love. The presentation of the bands’ first studio album Fly took place on 22 December 2011

The songwriters

Tony Iommi, guitarist of the legendary rock band Black Sabbath is the composer of Lonely planet. This isn’t the first time the 65 year old rocker is involved with Armenia. After the devastating earthquake which hit the country in 1988, he took part  in the Rock Aid Armenia to raise funds for the victims. In 2009, Tony Iommi  flew to Armenia where he took part in the Armenia Grateful two rock celebrations and received Armenia’s Order of Honour.

Later, in 2011, together with Ian Gillan of Deep Purple they recorded two songs, Holy water and Out of my mind. The proceeds from the sales of the songs were used to build a music school in Gyumri. Vardan Zadoyan who penned the lyrics of the song also wrote the 2009 Armenian entry.

The national selection

Gor Sujyan was internally selected to represent Armenia in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Together with his band, he performed four songs and Lonely planet was selected for Malmö.

Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Armenia debuted in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. They missed last year’s edition held in Azerbaijan. Since its debut the Caucasian country always received a top ten place with the exception of the 2011 edition when the country got a shocking result of a 12th place in the semi-final.


This will be Armenia’s 7th participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. This is the first time that the country is represented by a group. The Armenian entry will be performed entirely in English.

Armenian vote in Eurovision

Armenia and Russia exchanged most of the points in the Eurovision Song Contest. In total Armenia gave 102 points to Russia while the Russians awarded 83 points to Armenia.

The betting odds

According to, Armenia is currently standing at number 15 to win the Eurovision Song Contest. According to the odds, Armenia is the 5th favourite to qualify from the second semi-final.

                   Ցանկանում եք լավ արդյունք համար Dorians է Malmö


Preview clip

National final clip

Dorians feat. Artyom Manukyan Yes kulam

Tomorrow another country will be introduced (hint – can you believe that this international artist is taking part?)

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