Armenian rock band ready to sing in Baku

No official announcement has yet been made, but the online social networking sites are filled with the video of the Armenian rock band, The Dorians, for its new song “This Is Our World”. This group is described by many as a plausible pick to represent Armenia in the Azerbaijani capital.


How to discredit your country in 3 easy steps

Yep, you guessed right: 1. Establish a State Security Service; 2. Take part in the Eurovision and 3. Call in the fans for questioning.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show has been all over the recent Eurovision scandal with Azerbaijani Eurovision fan called in to answer for voting in favor of Armenia – Azerbaijan’s arch-rival.
I don’t claim to know much about MSNBC. Last time I was in US (in 2001), nobody really cared about what that cable TV Channel would say about Azerbaijan. However, it’s available in US and Canada… just watch the YouTube video here.


Inga&Anush Arshakyan’s “Jan-Jan” sounds like Tofiq Quliyev’s “Nakhchivani”, so what?

This video from the YouTube claims that Armenia’s entry into “Eurovision 2009” music contest was actually a rip-off from Azerbaijani musician Tofiq Quliyev’s “Naxcivani” song. Thanks to Hetq blog’s Sard for the link. There are, actually, some similarities between the two songs, which is probably the case with most folk-music in the Caucasus.


Podcast: from Webby Awards to Inga & Anush blog

The 45th episode of the Armenian Blogosphere podcast is now available for download.
This week’s podcast features the results of the 13th annual Webby awards – the Oscars for the Internet. Find out who won.

The podcast also features an interview with Ani Karamian, the member of Inga&Anush PR team, who operates the official Inga and Anush Arshakian’s blog. The sisters will represent Armenia at Eurovision international music contest in Moscow next week.
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Podcast: Bloggers and Pornstars against "dumb economists"

Bloggers discussed various YouTube videos depicting the brawl between photojournalist Gagik Shamshyan and Bryusov University’s Security. Some tried to prove the photojournalist provoked the fight, others claimed the opposite, while some just bragged about – “Երկիրը երկիր չի” (It’s all ‘couse the country’s f**ed up!).
The disagreement between the radical opposition movement Armenian national congress and the only opposition party represented in Armenia’s parliament – “Heritage” attracted some attention as well.
Many others centered on the possibility that the US President Barac Obama might actually fulfil his campaign pledge and use the term Armenian Genocide in the traditional April 24th address.
On a more real-life development, along with ‘regular’ online media, the Armenian bloggers this week were invited to meet Inga and Anush Arshakyans, the twin sister-singers, who will represent Armenia at the Eurovision 2009. Bloggers Tigran Kocharyan (better known as Pigh) and Ani Qaramyan (coordinator of  the online PR campaign of Armenian Eurovision contestants, who also maintains their official blogs in English and Russian) told us more about the meeting of bloggers and singers in the course of an interview for the 40th episode of the Armenian Blogosphere Podcast.
The podcast itself (which is also a radio program broadcast on Radio Hay on Saturday and Monday mornings, remember?) centered more on Feedom Figter’s two posts about the Armenian economy.
In the first of the two posts Feedom Figter tells about the 22 year-old Italian pornstar Laura Perego, who stripped out of her black overcoat in Milan’s stock exchange in sign of protest against the financial crisis. In the two posts the Freedom Fighter protests against “dumb economists” and puts together a national rescue plan.
Full text of the blog-review in Armenian is here. You can download the 1.6 Mb mp3 file with the Armenian Blogosphere Podcast from here.  Alternatively, you can listen to the podcast online, by clicking the player icon below.

Updated: Inga and Anush Arshakyans might represent Armenia at Eurovision 2009

Inga and Anush Arshakyan sisters known for their singing which they claim is a mix of modern and traditional Armenian music, might represent Armenia at the 54th Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Moscow. The whole thing will be decided on an SMS voting that will be held after a live show on Armenia’s Public TV on February 14, to choose the song that will represent Armenia at Eurovision 2009.
Another candidate is Mher – a Russian-Armenian singer who represented Armenia on “New Wave 2008” music contest last year.


Eurovision Song Contest 2008 Final Results

The much talked about Eurovision song contest is finally over, Armenian Eurovision Fan blog has posted the final results. Armenia won the 4th position, which is a notable improvement from the previous two contests we took part in, with both Andre in 2006, and Hayko in 2007 getting the 8th position.

1. Russia – 272
2. Ukraine – 230
3. Greece – 218
4. Armenia – 199
5. Norway – 182
6. Serbia – 160
7. Turkey – 138
8. Azerbaijan – 132
9. Israel – 124
10. Bosnia & Herzegovina – 110
11. Georgia – 83
12. Latvia – 83
13. Portugal – 69
14. Iceland – 64
15. Denmark – 60
16. Spain – 55
17. Albania – 55
18. Sweden – 47
19. France – 47
20. Romania – 45
21. Croatia – 44
22. Finland – 35
23. Germany – 14
24. Poland – 14
25. United Kingdom – 14

Sirusho performed slightly better then she did at the semi-finals, still sounding rather poorly though. Speaking of looks – she looked hot all right – with no idiot hairdresser messing her up as in the previous performance. Now Europe knows we really have hot girls here, which is a welcome change after sending guys two years in a row. The overall results are quite satisfactory too – for a small country to occupy the 4th place among 25 European states, it is certainly an achievement. The whole Eurovision fuss is of course rather funny – it is basically a display of political affiliations of various European states and moods of people about their neighbor countries, and of who has bigger diaspora and more migrant-workers in other European states. So all this fuss about good or bad performance is basically pointless – Russia’s Dima Bilan of course is an excellent singer and had a nice show, but few can really persuade me, that he was much better then the Israel song or the Norway. (For one thing, Israel guy definitely had the best voice and singing technique of all) Seems like, as more post-Soviet countries are joining Eurovision, Russia will start winning year after year – as its politics, that drives the vote, not the song itself. Yep, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Soviet-Vision!!!


Sirusho made it to the Eurovision 2008 Final

The good news is we made it to the final, and Sirusho will be singing 5th. The bad news is – our girl was definitely in a bad shape during the first semi-final. We all know Sirusho is beautiful – so can someone please explain who on earth decided to do THAT to her hair?
Coming to the dance – she started up with two guys holding her feet, so Sirusho would lean forward – that apparently requires a lot of phisical effort – which could easily take the breath out of anyone, let alone a tender girl like her. No wonder the vocals of the song that followed afterwards were so disappointing. Moreover, with rather demanding vocals in a song, one should be careful not to move so much, so as not to run out of breath. After all the kicking-jumping that Sirusho did on the stage (which was kinda hot – I admit), it is no surprise she had difficulty catching the high notes, and was shouting all the way through the song. And I’m not alone in being disappointed with her vocals.
Anyways – there’s still time to correct the mistakes – I’m sure that changes to the dance, so that Sirusho moves less and sings more, will do the trick. And please, please – someone, FIRE the darn hairdresser!
On another note – I really like Israel, Moldova and Norway songs.


Sirusho's First Rehearsal on Eurovision Stage on YouTube

Watch the Armenian participant for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, Sirusho, performing the song “Qele Qele” during her first rehearsal on the official Eurovision stage in Belgrade.
Meanwhile the Boycott blog has removed the text of boycott call, where it was suggesting the Armenian diaspora to boycott the Eurovision song contest and instead of spending money on SMS-ing Eurovision, to donate that money to the families of the 10 people who died in the aftermath of the March 1 violence in Yerevan. The blog says the text has been removed to avoid extremist points of views, however, the plans to boycott Sirusho are still underway.


Plans to boycott Sirusho at Eurovision

Boycott blog – set up a couple of weeks ago to promote the concept of civil-boycott of various things – boycottable, in sign of protest of the 2008 Presidential election results and the reaction of authorities that followed opposition protests, has now come up with a discussion, whether it is acceptable to boycott the Eurovision song contest and Armenian representative – Sirusho. While I see some logic in that – I just watched the “Qele, qele” song – Armenian Eurovision entry, and felt, that it would be unjust towards the artist – Sirusho, who is basically still just a kid, especially as the song sounds like a winning one to me. Moreover, considering the fact, that this year is Azerbaijan’s first entry into the Eurovision contest, I have that little twitch of pride inside me, telling we have to do everything to make sure the Armenian artist wins. On the other hand, it is not just about Sirusho – it is the Armenian Public TV – that is taking part in the contest – and if this boycott could serve to teach a lesson of public mistrust towards the Public TV – for all the disgraceful media coverage of the election process over the past several months, maybe it is a justified more? I really don’t know. What do you think?
Here’s a Podcast of the Armenian Blog roundup made about this topic.