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    Eurovision Song Contest: Introducing 2013: Armenia

    ESC Today - Eurovision Song Contest
    March 29 2013

    Written by: Edward Montebello

    Thirty-nine countries are competing with the aim to lift the trophy
    in Malmo. The fourth country to be introduced is Armenia. The country
    is returning in the Eurovision Song Contest and this year Dorians
    will fly the Armenian flag in Sweden.

    Basic information

    Performers: Dorians Song: Lonely planet Language: English Music:
    Tony Iommi Lyrics: Vardan Zadoyan

    The song

    The rocky Armenian entry promotes the message of peace and tolerance
    as our world faces crises in every aspect of life.

    Who's the one that starts a war?

    Who's dictating what is less and more?

    Who can change the night and day?

    Who's the one with clever face?

    That can tell us what is in the space?

    Playing games that none can play.

    Maybe someday we'll break the wall.

    Maybe the light will touch us all.

    Lonely planet!

    Who has done it?

    Who can save you?

    Who can stop it?

    The performers

    Gor Sujyan is the lead singer of the band Dorians. The Dorians have
    received many awards: Best Rock Group of the Year, Best Video of
    the Year, Rock Number One. The band's first concert was held in 2009
    and was dedicated to the legendary Led Zeppelin rock band. The world
    famous rock band had a big influence on the formation of the Dorians.

    In 2008 when the boys gathered together they created a band called Gor
    and Friends and they began to perform the songs by Led Zeppelin. Soon
    after they decided to perform not only cover songs, but also their own
    songs and decided to rename the band from Gor and Friends to Dorians.

    At the beginning the band only performed songs in English, but soon
    the Dorians made a great revolution in their repertoire presenting
    their fans the song Yes kulam which means I'm Crying in Armenian. The
    song was loved by everyone, maybe because it's about love, but not
    about freshman's love, as Gor said during one of his interviews: It's
    about a greater love. The presentation of the bands' first studio
    album Fly took place on 22 December 2011

    The songwriters

    Tony Iommi, guitarist of the legendary rock band Black Sabbath is
    the composer of Lonely planet. This isn't the first time the 65 year
    old rocker is involved with Armenia. After the devastating earthquake
    which hit the country in 1988, he took part in the Rock Aid Armenia
    to raise funds for the victims. In 2009, Tony Iommi flew to Armenia
    where he took part in the Armenia Grateful two rock celebrations and
    received Armenia's Order of Honour.

    Later, in 2011, together with Ian Gillan of Deep Purple they recorded
    two songs, Holy water and Out of my mind. The proceeds from the sales
    of the songs were used to build a music school in Gyumri. Vardan
    Zadoyan who penned the lyrics of the song also wrote the 2009
    Armenian entry.

    The national selection

    Gor Sujyan was internally selected to represent Armenia in the
    forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Together with his band, he
    performed four songs and Lonely planet was selected for Malmo.

    Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest

    Armenia debuted in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. They missed last
    year's edition held in Azerbaijan. Since its debut the Caucasian
    country always received a top ten place with the exception of the
    2011 edition when the country got a shocking result of a 12th place
    in the semi-final.


    This will be Armenia's 7th participation in the Eurovision Song
    Contest. This is the first time that the country is represented by
    a group. The Armenian entry will be performed entirely in English.

    Armenian vote in Eurovision

    Armenia and Russia exchanged most of the points in the Eurovision
    Song Contest. In total Armenia gave 102 points to Russia while the
    Russians awarded 83 points to Armenia.

    The betting odds

    According to, Armenia is currently standing at number
    15 to win the Eurovision Song Contest. According to the odds, Armenia
    is the 5th favourite to qualify from the second semi-final.

    From: Baghdasarian