Eva Rivas to represent Armenia at Eurovision 2010

Eva Rivas’ song “Apricot Stone” was selected in a national final out of nine contenders on Sunday to represent Armenia on 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. The winner was picked by a combined vote of the TV public (SMS voting) and an expert jury.

This is the list of performance in order of appearance, winner in bold:

  1. Another Story – Ays Dzmer
  2. Ani Arzumanyan – The Mermaid Song
  3. Meline Beglaryan – We Must Believe
  4. Emmy & Mihran – Hey (Let Me Hear You Say)
  5. Davit Ashotyan – Infected Dreams
  6. Nick Egibyan – Countdown
  7. Maria Kizirian – Little Red Riding Hood
  8. Razmik Amyan – My Love
  9. Eva Rivas – Apricot Stone

I know tastes differ, and my taste tells me Ani Arzumanian’s singing and performance was the best of all 9 contestants. The girl has beautiful vocals, and sang with emotion.

I really liked Razmik Amyan for saying – he just wants the thing to be over soon, so he can go to bad. The guy is perhaps the most talented singer of all, but the song was no go.

Emmy & Mihran were accompanied by a modern dance group, whose choreography was a tribute to Michael Jackson, but I’m still wandering – what was Emmy’s poor singing a tribute to? Why bring an American dance crew if you have no voice? This is a SINGING contest!

During the interval act, Andre, the Armenian representative in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, performed, as well as Sirusho, who had reached the fourth place in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest with Qélé Qélé.  Andre’s song was the best of all music I heard on this National Eurovision finals, and interestingly, his T-shirt said Eva Rivas. Nice PR! …and good luck, Eva!

PS: There was a little scandal with National Finals. Initially 10 participants were announced, but Sonya’s song dropped out apparently for plagiarizing on last year’s Turkish entry.

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35 thoughts on “Eva Rivas to represent Armenia at Eurovision 2010

  1. Here are Eva’s lyrics in case you’re wondering:

    [Verse 1]
    Many, many years ago
    When I was a little child
    Mama told me you should know
    Our world is cruel and wild
    But to make your way through cold and heat
    Love is all that you need

    [Verse 2]
    I believed her every word
    More than anything I heard
    But I was too scared to lose my fun
    I began to cry a lot
    And she gave me apricots
    Kisses of the earth, fruits of the sun

    [Chorus]
    Apricot stone
    Hidden in my hand
    Given back to me
    From the motherland

    Apricot stone
    I will drop it down
    In the frozen ground
    Let it, let it make its round

    Apricot stone
    Hidden in my hand
    Given back to me
    From the motherland

    Apricot Stone

    [Verse 3]
    Now I see the Northern stars
    Shining brightly in the storm
    And I’ve got an avatar
    Of my love to keep me warm
    Now I’m not afraid of violent winds
    They may blow – they can’t win

    [Verse 4]
    May the winter stay away
    From my harvest night and day
    May God bless and keep my cherished fruit
    Grow my tree up to the sky
    Once I waved my home goodbye
    I just want to go back to my roots

    [Chorus]
    Apricot stone
    Hidden in my hand
    Given back to me
    From the motherland

    Apricot stone
    I will drop it down
    In the frozen ground
    Let it, let it make its round

    [Instrumental]

    Apricot stone
    Hidden in my hand
    Given back to me
    From the motherland

    Apricot stone
    Hidden in my hand
    Given back to me
    From the motherland

    Apricot Stone

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  4. It might be an ok song but Eva must put on a huge production number complete with backup dancers /singers to even have a chance. Singing in a studio clip is not enough to bring the Eurovision Award to Armenia. The others can put on a production can Eva do this?

  5. its an awful song i hate this song an the all armenians in america hates this song mihran is the best dont woory mihran you are the best eva will not has a good results becouse its an awfull song written by awfull writers.

    • You don’t represent ALL Armenians in America, so don’t demonstrate your ignorance to the world. Great song!

  6. who cares your [EDITED BY ADMIN] aprocot stone? no one. this song will not has a high result.if mihran should represent armenia he shuold win. we love you mihran.

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  8. the only people who like mihran are the americanized armenians. he’s a great dancer but not a good signer. cmon. With his talent, he couldv’e done a better job with Emmy. By the way, you should’t generalize your opinion to all armenians in america. We love Eva rivas and Razmik Amyan. These were the people who armenians here wanted. People, don’t be bitter. support your country. Go Eva

  9. Armenian Public TV disseminated this:

    Հարգելի գործընկերներ,

    2010 թ. փետրվարի 14-ին կայացավ “Եվրատեսիլ-2010” հայաստանյան նախընտրական փուլը, որի իրավատերն է “Հայաստանի Հանրային հեռուստաընկերություն” ՓԲԸ։ Առաջին ալիքը կարող էր ուղղակի ընտրությամբ որեւէ մեկին ուղարկել Օսլո հիմնական մրցույթին, սակայն որոշում էր կայացրել կազմակերպել մրցույթ՝ իր իրավասության բոլոր հնարավոր լծակները հանձնելով ժյուրիին եւ հեռուստադիտողներին։ Առաջին ալիքը դիմել է ՀՀ Մշակույթի նախարարությանը, որպեսզի այդ գերատեսչությունը ձեւավորի ժյուրիի կազմը, որի քվեարկության արդյունքում մասնակիցները զբաղեցրել են հետեւյալ տեղերը.

    1-ին տեղ՝ Էմմի եւ Միհրան “Hey”

    2-րդ տեղ՝ Եվա Րիվաս “Apricot Stone”

    3-րդ տեղ՝ Անի Արզումանյան “The Mermaid Song”

    4-րդ տեղ՝ Ռազմիկ Ամյան “My Love”

    5-րդ տեղ՝ Նիկ Էգիբյան “Countdown”

    6-րդ տեղ՝ Մելինե Բեգլարյան “We Must Believe”

    7-րդ տեղ՝ Մարիա Կիզիրյան “Little Red Riding Hood”

    8-րդ տեղ՝ Another Story “Այս ձմեռ”

    9-րդ տեղ՝ Դավիթ Աշոտյան “Infected Dreams”

    SMS քվեարկությունն իրականացրել է “Ինտերմոբ” ընկերությունը՝ Vivacell, Beeline եւ Orange բջջային օպերատորների մասնակցությամբ։ Արդարության ապահովման նպատակով Grant Thornton Amyot LLC ընկերության կողմից նշանակվել էր աուդիտոր՝ Վլադիսլավ Մուրադյանը։ Ներկա էին եղել նաեւ գործընթացին հետեւելու ցանկություն հայտնած մրցույթի մասնակիցների ներկայացուցիչները. մասնավորապես՝ Եվա Րիվասի, Ռազմիկ Ամյանի, Էմիի եւ Միհրանի պատվիրակները։ SMS քվեարկության արդյունքները հետեւյալն են.

    1-ին տեղ՝ Եվա Րիվաս “Apricot Stone”

    2-րդ տեղ՝ Ռազմիկ Ամյան “My Love”

    3-րդ տեղ՝ Էմմի եւ Միհրան “Hey”

    4-րդ տեղ՝ Another Story “Այս ձմեռ”

    5-րդ տեղ՝ Անի Արզումանյան “The Mermaid Song”

    6-րդ տեղ՝ Դավիթ Աշոտյան “Infected Dreams”

    7-րդ տեղ՝ Մարիա Կիզիրյան “Little Red Riding Hood”

    8-րդ տեղ՝ Մելինե Բեգլարյան “We Must Believe”

    9-րդ տեղ՝ Նիկ Էգիբյան “Countdown”

    “Հայաստանի Հանրային հեռուստաընկերություն” ՓԲԸ բողոքներ է ստացել, որ SMS-քվեարկության ժամանակ եղել են տեխնիկական բարդություններ։ Առաջին ալիքն անմիջապես ուսումնասիրություններ է սկսել բջջային երեք օպերատորների հետ միասին։ “Հայաստանի Հանրային հեռուստաընկերություն” ՓԲԸ պատրաստ է իր ձեռքի տակ գտնվող քվեարկության բոլոր տվյալները տրամադրել շահագրգիռ բոլոր կողմերին։

    Best regards,
    Diana Mnatsakanyan
    Adviser to the Executive Director
    “Public TV Company of Armenia” CJSC (AMPTV)

  10. I feel bad for Emmy and Mihran, because it’s clear that they actually did some work to prepare as opposed to Eva who looked like she just wandered onto the stage, was handed a microphone and started singing.. but this is one “outrage” that I’m going to sit out…
    I think Emmy has been the “establishment” pick since last lear’s Eurovision ended; you can even see clips on youtube of the herds of our “stars” such as Nune Esayan, Armenchik, Misho, etc. voicing their support for the duo. It was only about a month ago that it became clear that Eva Rivas actually had the support of so-called establishment and accordingly was going to win…It was truly astonishing how quickly Emmy was marginalized and how fast she became an “outsider” fighting for fairness.

    At the risk of being accused of politicizing everything, I’m going to just point out that this is just the reality of our time, and it’s a bit disingenuous of Emmy and her mom to complain only now that the system has worked against them. They didn’t seem to have a problem with it a few months ago when the same system was poised to hand them the prize w/o a fair fight.

  11. as far the song goes…I like the melody but the lyrics are absolute joke…I began to cry a lot so she gave me apricots? Give me a break.

  12. who say that only american armenians like mihran? everybody who anderstant what is the music and dans loves mihran.And the others only understand what is duduk thats it. the best achievent for eve in eurovision it will be the final 25 th place. go eva this place is for you go and eat your apricot stonr.ha ha ha ha .

    • Yet again, when you say “everybody” and make statements like this, it only means Your own opinion and nothing more. If you knew better, you would have known that it’s an insult to your own intelligence.

      It would have also helped if you cared to learn something about your culture if you consider yourself Armenian. Any nation trying to immitate even the best of the others will only make fools of themselves. They will never be authentic and be percieved as laughing stocks. The singer after all represents Armenia, not the LA community dancing preferenced? Dig?

  13. Mihran is almost popular in all over the world all stars knows mihran so he dont care he will represent eurovision or not.You armenians have to think of it seriously becouse this year with this stubid song which has written by stupid writter again youll loose in eurovision and make azeris to laugh at you.

  14. The armenian eurovision 2010 national selection voting was illegitimate i dont believe the results.If it be legitimate Mihran should win!!!!!!!!!

  15. no my dear me you eva or anyone else in our contry is not as popular as mihran.If Jacson would not die so soon he should have a concert several days later before his deth and jacson invited on his concert mihran for dancing who is dancing not bad then Michael Jacson

  16. Armenians you dont understand that eurovision dont care your apricote,apricote stone,your duduk or your motherland eurovision need somethink modern not ancient.

    • And I don’t care about you or anybody who has no respect about their culture. Go to school. Learn something. Get some critical thinking lessons. Learn to take no for an answer.Grow up.

  17. Interesting that you found Andre’s song the best. It was written by Nick Egibyan.

    There were 7 million votes for Eva in a country of 3 million?? Her MAFIA boyfriend has done a good job of corrupting things. I hope the EBU disqualifies EVA for this.

    They spent 2-3 hours of prep time for Eva and Mihran’s teams. All other artists only got 15 minutes and no sound checks.

    Also – if you look at when the song order was picked. Eva went first and picked #9. Guess what she was bragging in the hallway? – “I was told to pick that drummer boy”…. ARMTV is corrupt.

    Until Armenia demonstrates and proves it is not, the world will not bring opportunity to her.

  18. aprocote stone song is an owful, f……cky song written by awful, f……….cky writer i wish you baaaaaaaaaaad luck eva you will not have a succes in eurovosion. you corrupted singer. mihran is the best is the winner everybody recognise mihran as a winner. you have stolen mihrans votes. shame on you. no one will vote for you in europe no one!!!!!!!!

  19. I will tell all my friends in europe not to vote for eva rivas becouse at first it is f…….cky bad song and the second the song has been selected by the illegotimate way once i wana mention that evas rich boyfriend has stolen mihrans votes.

  20. FORGET ABPUT 1 PLACE EVA BECOUSE YOU HAVE BEEN CHOOSEN BY ILLEGITIMATE WAY SHAME ON YOU YOU HAVE STOLEN MIHRANS VOTE SHAME ON YOU I HATE YOU AND YOUR F…….KY SONG I WISH YOU BAAAD LUCK ILL TELL ALL MY FRIEND NOT TO VOTE FOR YOU.GOD WILL JUDGE YOU FOR THAT!!!!!

    • Get a cold shower. Cursing will not help. We love Eva’s singing.

  21. Mihran and Emmy are the worst singers I have ever met. What can Emmy do? Only to Scream? She always wants to be in the first place, but give attention to the way she behaves, As for me if she would be chosen for the Evrovision, Armenia would be in the last place:D:D:D:DEva Rivas 90% of Armenia is with you!

  22. ARMENIA IS NOT WITH YOU EVA ARMMENIA IS WITH MIHRAN AND EMMY YOU ARE THE BEST. YOU WON THEY HAVE STOLEN YOUR VOTES.

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