Late last year the Public TV Company of Armenia (AMPTV) announced an open competition for submissions for Artsvik’s entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. More than 300 composers and songwriters from all over the world have submitted their work but only 10 songs were shortlisted. After a careful consideration, AMPTV’s creative team, together with Artsvik, have made their choice - Fly With Me.
Fly With Me was composed by Lilith and Levon Navasardyan, who are known to Eurovision fans for Aram MP3’s Not Alone from the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Mika’s Love (Junior Eurovision 2015) and Iveta Mukuchyan’s LoveWave from last year. Lyrics were written by Avet Barseghyan and David Tserunyan.
According to AMPTV, both the music and lyrics were inspired by this year’s slogan for the Eurovision Song Contest; Celebrate Diversity. Featuring folk and traditional rhythms and elements not only from Armenia, but also from Europe, Africa and even Asia, Fly With Me showcases the beauty of diversity and proves that our stories and voices are the vivid colours of this world.
My song tells a story of a girl, who is the metaphorical symbol of love. She embodies the colours, the stories and the voices that make us who we are.
Fly With Me encourages everyone to come with me on this girl’s journey of championing diverse and beautiful human nature. I think nowadays it is especially important to embrace our heritage and our traditions.
We, the people - our colours, our stories and our voices make up this world. We must never forget that this girl’s light and love is one for all of us.
Photograph: Anna Grigoryan
Artsvik's song for Eurovision 2017 will be premiered of the official Eurovision Song Contest channel on YouTube on Saturday 18th March at 18:30 CET.
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Artsvik has won the the Armenian national final, Depi Evratesil (To Eurovision). The singer was chosen through a combination of votes from a jury panel and a public SMS vote. The ambitious search for Armenia's next Eurovision Song Contest participant was launched in the summer and featured four stages which took place over three months.
Two more qualifiers in Armenia
Armenia's search for a Eurovision entry went up a gear tonight as two more acts qualified for the final next week:
- Artsvik performing Crazy
- Marta performing Popuri
Tonight's show used an international jury headed by the man behind Melodifestivalen, the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Christer Björkman.
The final of Depi Evratesil will take place on 24th December.
The following acts have qualified for the next round of the Armenian national selection, Depi Evratesil.
- Suzanna Melkonyan
The acts were selected by a professional jury and televiewers. For further details visit the website of Armenia's broadcaster AMPTV.
First semi-final takes place in Armenia
The ambitious national selection in Armenia is underway. Tonight at 19:00 CET six artists - Marta, Artsvik, Egine, Syuzanna Melkonyan , Lucy and Vahe Aleksanyan will compete in the first semi-final of Armenian national selection, Depi Evratesil. A professional jury and televiewers will select the best four artists for the second semi-final which takes place next Saturday.
You can watch the livestream on the website of Armenia's broadcaster AMPTV