BBC NAMES ARMENIAN POP SINGER GLOBAL TALENT FINALIST

Armenpress
Nov 30 2006

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 30, ARMENPRESS: A 17-year-old Armenian pop singer
Silva Hakobian is among the finalists in the BBC World Service's
search for the world's best young band.

More than 1,000 artists, all aged 18 or under, entered the Next Big
Thing competition in September.

The seven finalists are expected to fly into the UK next week to
perform at the BBC's famous Maida Vale studios. A winner will be
chosen by a panel of music industry experts.

The competition was open to groups and solo artists in any genre
of music, as long as they were under 18 and performed their own
songs. Entries came from 36 countries, "from Armenia to Azerbaijan
and from Uruguay to Ukraine".

The BBC is working with British embassies to help artists arrange
travel to the UK in time for next week's recording.