The last time I uploaded a Eurovision review, I was still on winter break. Thanks to pharmacy school, lack of spoons, and lack of motivation, Song #43 has already been released and I’m currently posting Review #2. At this rate, I might as well post them by ABC order, so here goes:
Armenia decided to go with a standard national final this year instead of last year’s artist selection similar to The Voice. 20 songs, 2 semis, 1 final, and streamed onto YouTube. Pretty simple or?
I didn’t watch it. Or it was more of “I tried to watch it, but the connection to the stream was terrible, kept freezing/buffering every 5 seconds, and I had an exam to study for anyway.” That was slightly disappointing, since last time I tuned into the AMPTV stream to watch Junior Eurovision.
Going into the national final I had only paid attention to two songs: “Poison (Ari, Ari)” by Tamar Kaprelian (who participated in 2015 as a member of Genealogy) and “Qami” (“wind”) by Sevak Khanagyan. Given that Tamar didn’t qualify after placing 6th overall in her heat and the questionable stream quality, I put my attention elsewhere until they announced Sevak to be the winner. Okay not bad, one of the songs that I remembered won.
When I listened to the song properly, it reminded me of Armenia’s 2007 entry due to the similarity of the two songs being ballads performed by male artists laced with emotion. However, while the former was of Hayko promising unconditional love to a partner, in “Qami” Sevak mourns the loss of a partner (or other loved one). Given the English translation that the wind took this person away, I can’t help but imagine this in the context of the Nicholas Sparks movie “A Walk to Remember.” In the movie the characters describe that “love is like the wind; you can’t see it, but you can feel it,” and I can imagine a sad and angry Sevak cursing the wind’s presence for reminding him of this loved one who’s gone, wanting to close his eyes, block out the present, and imagine that everything is back to what things could have been in the past.
As for staging, given that RTP isn’t going for LED walls like the past few years, part of me is imagining the backdrop to be either shadows similar to Isa’s “I Will Wait” at Melodifestivalen or Lindsey Stirling’s dance tribute to her father in Dancing with the Stars/Strictly Come Dancing. It’s either that or there could be a wind machine with a trenchcoat. No matter what they pick, the staging and televised aspect will play a major role in all the acts this year, and despite already winning The Voice in Ukraine, Sevak is definitely going to need more than just his voice.