Who are the big favorites for Kiev? In the next couple of weeks we will highlight some interesting participants, based on the odds they have been given by the bookmakers. This week we are providing a shortlist of countries that lead the board in the first semi final. Today’s report is about Armenia.
Born in Kapan, Armenia in 1984, Artsvik Harutyunyan will represent her homeland at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. At the age of five, she moved to Moscow, Russia. From there, she joined the ‘Jazz Parking Project’ in 2012, while also auditioning for ‘The Voice of Russia’, which increased her popularity.
After moving back to Armenia in 2016, she decided to audition for the new artist selection format named ‘Depi Evratesil’. Artsvik ultimately won the competition, and her song was released in March, this year.
Furthermore, Artsvik has also recently started a project for this year’s contest, labeled ‘The Celebrate Diversity Challenge’. It involves fellow Eurovision competitors challenging Artsvik to sing a traditional song from their nation, where, in turn, they will sing a tradition Armenian song. This initiative is further highlighting Eurovision 2017’s slogan “Celebrate Diversity”.
“Fly With Me”
Following Iveta Mukuchyan’s seventh placed performance in 2016, Artsvik will be aiming high to achieve similar results with her song “Fly With Me”. Lilith and Levon Navasardyan composed the song, with the lyrics written by Avet Barseghyan and David Tserunyan.
The entry is characterised by its ethnic, Armenian feel. It has been labeled as ‘experimental’, ‘unique’ and ‘diverse’.
Explaining the odds
Armenia is currently one of the favourites to qualify for the Grand Final through Semi Final 1, at 20/1 odds. In terms of winning the contest, Artsvik also rates well with the bookmakers. Currently, she is listed as the 8th most likely contestant to win the competition.