Over the next five weeks, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.
Today’s song is the official entry from Armenia, “Qami” by Sevak Khanagyan, written by Sevak Khanagyan, Anna Danielyan, and Viktorya Maloyan. The song is performed in Armenian. Like a number of performers before him from various countries, Khanagyan came to prominence via competitions on TV; he was a contestant on Russia’s version of The Voice in 2015 and also won X-Factor Armenia in 2016.
The song is a slowly building ballad, and has a ton of power behind it, as Khanagyan’s voice powers through several different levels of the song. Although it’s not unheard of for songs in a language other than English or Spanish to hit the American charts, it IS a rarity, thus I am not too sure of this song’s US chart chances.
Armenia has participated in EuroVision eleven times since debuting in 2006, and has yet to land a win in the contest; they have finished as high as fourth, which has happened twice, in 2008 and 2014. The entry will be performed as the 16th song in the first semi-final on May 8th.
Here’s the official music video: enjoy, but fair warning – the flashing and spinning at the end of the video was making me a bit queasy…no joke…
Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM next week!