Eurovision 2015

Yerevan is buzzing with excitement and it’s all around the Eurovision Song Contest. Armenia’s representative is Genealogy, a group made up of an Armenian singer from each of the six continents — proving that Turkey definitely failed. I had heard of Eurovision in the past, but never followed it until being here. It’s hard to avoid it since it’s always on the news and people are talking about it. Last week, a group of us gathered at Meghedi Cafe to cheer on Genealogy as they moved on to the grand finals. There I met an Armenian girl from Ethiopia whose cousin is one of the Genealogy members — yes there are around 100 Armenians in Ethiopia!

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 11.18.47 PM(Genealogy: Vahe Tilbian (Africa), Tamar Kaprelian (Americas), Inga Arshakyan (Armenia), Mary-Jean O’Doherty Basmadjian (Oceania), Essai Altounian (Europe), and Stephanie Topalian (Asia))

To me, this year’s Eurovision isn’t just a singing competition. I’m truly touched that in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the country brought together singers from six parts of the world who all share Armenian roots — one member is half Armenian, half Japanese. It’s such a beautiful concept and reminds me of William Saroyan’s quote about when two Armenians meet, they will create a new Armenia. Thanks to this amazing experience, Genealogy has already created their own little Armenia in Vienna. It remains to be seen if they will win the competition, but just by coming together and doing what they love in the name of their motherland, they’ve already won.

Update: Sadly Armenia lost to Sweden; they placed 16th out of 27 countries. 

Watch the official music video of “Face the Shadow” and Genealogy’s Eurovision semi-final performance below:

Official music video

First Eurovision performance 


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