Armenia - Michele Acott

The song for 32 year old Armenian Artsvik Harutyunyan has finally been released.

The song has been greatly anticipated since Artsvik was selected (after convincingly winning both the jury and televotes) at Depi Evratesil (which translates to ‘To Eurovision’).

Armenian broadcaster AMPTV opened a competition to the public and received 300 submissions from all over the world. They chose “Fly with Me” – music written by Levon and Lilith Navasardyan (who were behind Aram MP3’s “Not Alone” in 2014 and Iveta Mukuchyan’s “LoveWave“ in 2016) with lyrics by Avet Barseghyan and David Tserunyan.

According to AMPTV, both the music and lyrics were inspired by this year’s slogan for the Eurovision Song Contest; Celebrate Diversity.  The song features folk and traditional rhythms and elements not only from Armenia, but according to AMPTV, also from Europe, Africa and even Asia.

Artsvik said of her song “My song tells a story of a girl, who is the metaphorical symbol of love. She embodies the colors, the stories and the voices that make us who we are. “Fly with me” encourages everyone to come with me on this girl’s journey of championing the diverse and beautiful human nature. I think nowadays it is especially important to embrace our heritage and our traditions. We, the people – our colors, our stories and our voices make up this world. We must never forget that this girl’s light and love is one for all of us.”

The song starts gently with the lyrics "I want to tell you a story…" over a piano accompaniment. An electro beat kicks in with an overlay of whispered lyrics which eventually builds to strong tribal themes. The song is very lyrical and definitely tells a story.  Artsvik's voice is strong and confident and the song builds to a dramatic crescendo.

The film clip features Artsvik singing to camera and dancing with six backup dancers. They're dressed in black flowing outfits with Artsvick wearing black with colourful wraps on the chest along with long fringing flowing from her wrist bands.  It’s both modern and cultural.

I like this song a lot - it's current but with a strong folksy influence. 

Artsvik will perform in the second half of semi-final 1 and I think it's a definite finals qualifier.