02
August
2020

Eurovision 1973: The Netherlands’ Ben Cramer in focus

Eurovision 1973: The Netherlands’ Ben Cramer in focus

Ben Cramer

Forty-seven years ago, this song hopelessly flopped at the Eurovision Song Contest, reaching a mere 14th place. It was deemed old-fashioned already then. And yet it has lasted all those years, and many Dutchmen would remember it much better than more recent songs.

For the first half of the 70s Dutch broadcaster NOS internally selected artists and let a jury choose among a few songs who would represent the country at Eurovision. All four songs Ben Cramer performed on 28 February 1973 where written by different songwriters.

Just over a month later, it’s luck had turned. Appearing as 13th, it received 69 points reaching the 14th place, out of 17 songs. And while 69 points until recently would have qualified you for the final, it was particularly bad in the 1973 voting system – where each song was guaranteed 2 points from each country.

De Oude Muzikant, a tale about an old musician who now performs in the streets of Paris with his accordion, was written and composed by Pierre Kartner. As the song proceeds, the once loved musician loses his fame, is looked down on by his friends, mostly forgotten and is eventually gone. His song, however, still echoes on across the city. One can’t help but draw a parallel to Kartner’s career. The songwriter also wrote Sieneke’s Ik Ben Verliefd, Sha-La-Lie (2010), earning him another 14th place out of 17 songs, in the semi final.

De Oude Muzikant – opinions from fans

In order to find out what Eurovision fans today think of this Dutch entry from 1973, we asked our Eurovision Fan Panel. It includes team members as well as fans from all over the world.

Richard C. – Ben demonstrates great vocal capabilities on stage with excellent control. Impressive orchestral composition. It’s the first time in hearing this song to honest. It’s quite the hidden gem from the Netherlands. A Eurovision classic Schlager in style. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

Wouter V. – This song, just like the song this song sings about, will probably never disappear from my mind. I can totally relate to people calling it old-fashioned, even for 1973 standards, but that doesn’t bother me. Nor does it really bother me how much the lyrics actually resemble Lenny Kuhr’s winning song from 1969. I just really, really enjoy it. I have to admit though, that the version of this song I know and love most is Paul de Leeuw’s cover version.

Bernard D. – 1973 was a very strong year. Ben Cramer fails to make us really like his song. The ballad is not bad, the lyrics too, but the whole is still too bland and average.

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Josef Š. – This song sounds very old. Maybe even from the first decade of Eurovision. But this sound of barrel organ reminds a lot of my childhood in amusement parks and combined with accordion, it is simple retro. And this is something I like. Well sung, memorable and catchy melody, it’s fun. I would give it a go. As I don’t like all of the older ESC entries, so this belongs to the group I like.

Jacques H. – Oh my, good old Ben Cramer, you bohemian, belting Dutch troubadour. In the 60’s this was a song that would have fit perfectly in the Eurovision circus. But I guess even for the early 70’s this was considered old fashioned. This The Old Musician doesn’t do anything for me and apparently neither for the composer, because he couldn’t even create a real ending to his own tune. Thus making it one of the weirdest fade outs ever. Next!

Alvaro S. – The contrast between the chorus and the verses is outstanding to me. The verses sound monotone and slow while in the chorus Ben Cramer sounds more exciting but it was too little too late. And the accordion makes me think about an old-fashioned amusement park, a feeling that did not help me to appreciate this song 🙁.

Charlote J. – I am a bit mixed when it comes to this one. It includes part I really like. He sings it well, and I like the music, in particularly the harmonica. Unfortunately, with a minute left, I really start to get bored, and I lose attention.

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Michael O. – A typical very Dutch sounding entry with his little music box and all. No great dislike of the song, it meanders by pleasantly and I wouldn’t skip it, very much of its time and age, still old fashioned Eurovision, which ironically was brought up to date in part by the Netherlands entry the following year

Frank S. – De Oude Muzikant probably wasn’t the best Dutch entry – hence the results ending 14th in 1973. It also got lost between the mass and overpower of fantastic songs and known artists this specific year in Luxembourg.
However, the song itself isn’t that bad at all and is still an evergreen in Dutch bars and cafes on “drink nights and parties” 😉 at least in Amsterdam, where I am from. I still love the melody of this song that represents typical Dutch as well as French music. Maybe it is one of my guilty pleasures…who knows!

Adi S. – He is a good singer and gives a good performance. However, the song is one of quite many from the 60-70s era of the competition that sounds like merry-go-round background music.

In the embedded video below, you can watch this Dutch 1973 entry performed at the Eurovision Song Contest. Below the video, you can read more about Ben Cramer.

Ben Cramer – a mini biography

Cramer is a living legend in his own country, despite only ever having scored three top 10 placements in the Dutch single charts. When he took part in the Eurovision Song Contest, he had been active as a solo singer for 6 years. Before that, he worked at an insurance company and sang in a backing group “The Sparklings”. During his prime solo recording years, spanning from 1967 through to ’91, he has had 17 hit singles reaching the Top 40.

His last hit was called Vergeet ‘t maar (Forget about it), and it seems like he had taken his own advice and shifted focus to musical theatre. In the role of Juan Perón he debuted with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. He played the same role in San Francisco and The Netherlands, where he also – among others – played in Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Aida and Chess. Op hoop van zegen (2008 – ’09) is his last musical to date.

In 2013 he returned to the Dutch and Flemish charts, along with an ensemble of Dutch artists, performing the Koningslied (King’s song) for the investiture of Prince Willem-Alexander as King of the Netherlands. Five years later, in 2018, he performed as guest artist in a series of concerts with The Toppers.

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01
August
2020

Eurovision 2012: Portugal’s Filipa Sousa in focus

Eurovision 2012: Portugal’s Filipa Sousa in focus

Filipa Sousa at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Portugal has been a loyal member of the Eurovision family since 1964 with 52 participations. Eight years ago, Filipa Sousa represented her country, but unfortunately failed to reach the final.

In 2012, Portuguese broadcaster RTP held their traditional national selection Festival da Canção’s 48th edition. On 10th of March, 12 entries competed in the final of the festival. Eventually, Filipa Sousa earned the honour of representing her country in Baku, Azerbaijan with top points from both a professional jury and the televoters.

Contents

  • 1 Vida Minha – Opinions From Fans
  • 2 A Mini Biography to Filipa Sousa

In Baku, after her performance in the second semi final, Filipa sadly couldn’t make it to the grand final. She came 13th with 39 points.

Vida Minha – Opinions From Fans

In order to find out what Eurovision fans today think of this Portuguese entry from 2012, we asked our Eurovision Fan Panel. It includes team members as well as fans from all over the world.

🇬🇧 Michael O. – I hate to say it, but year after year Portugal just passes me by. This sounds in places a little like Portugal 2008 which I loved, but sorry to say I just feel this is more like some easy listening from the fifties. Great country but useless at Eurovision.

🇵🇹 Linete A. – A very strong Portuguese song that was very underrated that year. Filipa sang the song with a lot of character and power! She has a beautiful and powerful voice and the song deserved to pass on to the finals. It has a very Portuguese instrumental part with the guitars that even remind you of Fado – very traditional Portuguese style of song. I liked it, but not my favourite Portuguese entry. Filipa was beautifully dressed and back vocals were well interpreted. The ending is also very strong and well constructed.

🇹🇷 Gunec G. – When I first heard Vida Minha, I decided that it could be the winner of my heart. I thought it would at least and definitely be in the final. It was to my disappointment to see that it didn’t. Such a good quality song performed by heart. I loved the back vocals as well. I thought it would be hard for them to beat up Senhora do Mar’s charisma, but I also thought this was as good. Sometimes good songs fail and I really can’t get over that.

🇪🇸 Mária P. – One of my favourite entries in 2012. I love this gorgeous song inspired in Portuguese fado, with such a delightful melody and so finely performed by Filipa and the backup singers. In my opinion it deserved not only to have qualified, but also to have come up at the top 3 in the final. It’s a pity that such a beautiful entry wasn’t appreciated.

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🇨🇴 🇫🇮 Alvaro S. – The sound of this song is so elegant and sober. I like the music and Filipa’s voice is very good. I think the problem Portugal had is the execution on stage. It is not the first time that Portugal sends a song with good music and lyrics, but fails because it does not look interesting in the scenario for a fan that does not understand Portuguese. For the average audience, there was nothing interesting to see apart from Filipa performing in front of some city images.

🇸🇪 Sara T. – Vida Minha is a beautiful fado ballad performed by the very talented Filipa Sousa. Even though I liked this song back in 2012, it got a bit lost between all my other favourite songs that year. Perhaps Vida Minha failed to reach the final for the same reason – between the moving performances of other powerful ballads such as Nije Ljubav Stvar (Serbia 2012) and Kuula (Estonia 2012), as well as the interestingly choreographed Euphoria and Love me back, this little Portugese gem was forgotten. Also, the boring staging didn’t match the intensity and sincerity of the song and Filipa’s voice. 2012 will always be one of my favourite years, and this beautiful songs is a timeless yet overlooked classic.

🇧🇪 Enis H. – I really like songs in their native languages so that’s a good thing, I also love the native instrumental, though I’m not the biggest fan of her voice. For me it feels like the songs leads to nowhere for me it’s a okay song, though I don’t think I will play it again after today.

🇨🇿 Josef Š. – Fado. If there is something I usually prefer at Eurovision it is a combination of national language and traditional music. And that is fado in Portugal. We had few of such songs already at Eurovision, the most successful one was Senhora Do Mar in 2008, but this one is actually very similar. Also here is very easily recognizable influence of Balkan composer Andrej Babić, who had some songs in Portugal, including the one in 2008. I love everything about this entry. From the first notes until the very end. One of my favourite Portuguese entries.

Enjoy Filipa Sousa’s performance from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in the embedded video. Below the video, you can read more about Filipa Sousa.

A Mini Biography to Filipa Sousa

Filipa was born on 2nd of March 1985 in Albufeira Portugal. Her passion for music (particularly Fado) began at the very early age of 6 when she began to learn Fado. After her musical education in the conservatory and participating in various festivals, she made the top of her career by winning Festival do Cançao and representing her country in Eurovision Song Contest in 2012.

She released an album named Acreditar in 2019. The album consists of 12 Fado Jazz pieces including an intimate version of Vida Minha recorded only with piano and string orchestra.

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01
August
2020

Michael Schulte releases his new single “For A Second”

Michael Schulte releases his new single “For A Second”

"For A Second" cover by Michael Schulte

Michael Schulte released his new single ‘For A Second’. In his new song, the German representative from 2018 talks about the feeling of love and complexion he is experiencing. ‘For A Second’ is a pop ballad with some dance elements.

Michael Schulte announced the release of his new song on the 24th of July. This is not the only news from Michael. He also announced the dates for his “High & Lows Tour 2021” on social media, earlier this month. Moreover, he has plans for the rest of the year. He is planning to be a coach in the German edition of The Voice.

For A Second is a ballad that talks about feeling fulfilled and loved. In his lyrics, Michael expresses that he wants to keep this feeling as long as possible, if only for a second. You can listen to Michael Schulte’s new single in the video embedded below:

Michael Schulte’s Eurovision journey

Michael Schulte represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. He sung the song You Let Me Walk Alone.

Schulte ended in 4th place with 340 points. This is the best German’s result since Lena’s victory in 2010. Michael’s result is the only German Top 5 in Eurovision from the last decade.

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01
August
2020

Eurovision 1993: Sweden’s Arvingarna in focus

Eurovision 1993: Sweden’s Arvingarna in focus

Arvingarna at the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest

It might be 27 years ago, and the song finished outside Top 5, but the Swedish 1993 entry is still one worth to remember. Today, the song ‘Eloise’ is still loved by many fans. For some of them, this is one of Sweden’s best Eurovision entries.

On the 5th of March 1993 in Sweden’s second largest city Gothenburg, Arvingarna took the trophy in the Swedish national final Melodifestivalen. 10 acts competed in the final where the dansband left Nick Borgen and his We Are All The Winners to second place.

Contents

  • 1 Eloise – opinions from fans
  • 2 Arvingarna – a mini biography

At the Eurovision Song Contest, Sweden finished in 7th place. They didn’t achieve any sets of 12 points, but three countries did award them with the second highest 10 points. These countries were Austria, Belgium and Israel. From neighbouring Denmark they received 7 points whereas Norway didn’t have any points left for Sweden that year.

Eloise is written by Lasse Holm. He has written many other Melodifestivalen entries, of which several made it to Eurovision. In 1986, he was on the Eurovision stage as singer together with Monica Törnell.

Eloise – opinions from fans

In order to find out what Eurovision fans today think of this Swedish entry from 1993, we asked our Eurovision Fan Panel. It includes team members as well as fans from all over the world.

🇳🇴 Robert I. – This is a really good entry. In my opinion it should have won in 1993. It’s very catchy, it’s a song that makes me happy. I still play it when having parties at home.

🇬🇧 Michael O. – There were lots of good songs in 1993 and Sweden had one of them. However during this period Sweden was just coasting with good songs, nothing remarkable. As a pop tune it’s a nice enough listen but far from a winner, it placed where it deserved that year.

🇨🇿 Josef Š. – I first recognised this song during one of the recent Melodifestivalen where they sang it as one of the interval acts. And this is exactly what I like about Swedish pop songs, especially combined with the 90’s sound. Positive and catchy pop song. Nothing else is needed when the music is at first place. Of course, it needs also to be well sung, but that is also the case here. With songs like this, it is no surprise that Sweden is one of the Eurovision powerhouses.

🇨🇴 🇫🇮 Alvaro S. – The first impression I have about this boyband is that it did not look very interesting to me. The stage looks so empty when they are just there in a corner performing. Also, all wearing the same clothes looks silly to me and they needed more charisma.

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🇩🇰 Liza P. – After having watched ESC 1993, I could only remember two songs – France and Sweden. Eloise is one of my favourite Swedish entries, only surpassed by their 1995 entry. It’s not that I consider myself a “Swedish Schlager type”, but I was very taken by the start of the song, where the lead singer is kneeling on the floor. Also, the harmony of the voices and the colour coordination is just fabulous. And my favourite part in the song is absolutely the backing singers’ short solo of 3 lines. Love, love, love.

🇸🇪 Tommy E. – This is an evergreen in Sweden. Both young and old know it. Simply a good catchy song!

🇩🇰 Charlotte J. – This is a catchy, well produced and well performed song, which usually always brings a smile on my face. I am able to lean back, enjoy it – and sing a long to it. Back then, in 1993, this was my favourite in the contest. Going through the list of participants, I realise that today, it would probably be my third. It’s however still one of my favourite Swedish entries. Nothing beats Jan Johansen’s Se På Mig from 1995, but this is definitely in my top 5 for Sweden.

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🇦🇺 Michael R. – This song is incredibly catchy, well performed and deserved its placing.

🇧🇷 Amir B. – This is a feel-good song that mixes reggae with rock from the ’60s that is delicious to hear. It´s a preview of the artists that Sweden would send to Eurovision between 2015 and 2019. This song made me happy and helped me in some moments!

🇸🇪 Jill R. – This isn´t the kind of music I normally listen to, but Eloise is such a feel good song and it always makes me sing. Here, in Sweden it is a big hit and almost everyone knows the lyrics. I have only heard the top two songs in ESC 1993, but I think Eloise was better than both of them. I think that Arvingarna would have placed higher than 7th if the song had been in English. But it´s possible that I am a bit biased since I´m also from Sweden.

The lead singer Casper Janebrink is a very competent singer, which he proved when he won against other Swedish artists in the TV-show “Stjärnornas stjärna”. They competed in all kinds of music and Casper nailed every category from latin, soul, country and opera to heavy metal.

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In the embedded video below, you can watch this Swedish 1993 entry performed at the Eurovision Song Contest. Below the video, you can read more about Arvingarna.

Arvingarna – a mini biography

The band was formed in 1989, and unlike many other bands, they have managed to keep the same line-up through the years. Casper Janebrink plays bas and sings. He was also front singer on their 1993 Eurovision entry Eloise. Kim Carlsson plays guitar and sings. Lars ”Lasseman” Larsson is found on keyboard, guitar and as singer while Tommy Carlsson is drummer as well as singer. The name Arvingarna (The heirs) comes from that all four band members are children of parents who played in dansbands.

Over the years, Arvingarna has taken part in the Swedish national selection Melodifestivalen a total of five times. Below, we bring an overview of these entries.

5 national selection entries for Arvingarna

  • In 1993 they won Melodifestivalen with the song Eloise. They finished 7th at the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • In 1995, they took part in the national selection with the song Bo Diddley. Unfortunately didn’t make it among the 5 acts that continued to the second round of voting.
  • In 1999, the band returned for their third national participation. With the song Det Svär Jag På (I swear to that), they finished in 3rd place.
  • In 2002, they didn’t manage to continue in Melodifestivalen as they were unfortunately eliminated already in the preliminary heat. Their was titled Ingenting Är Större Än Vi (Nothing is bigger than us)
  • In 2019, they returned to the Swedish national selection. With the song I Do, they qualified for the Second Chance heat and from there, they reached the final where they finished in 7th place.

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30
July
2020

Eurovision 1968: Austria’s Karel Gott in focus

Eurovision 1968: Austria’s Karel Gott in focus

Karel Gott at the Eurovison Song Contest at The Royal Albert Hall, London 1968

Karel Gott was not an Austrian singer, but a Czech one, but he was popular also in German-speaking countries and further. Therefore it’s not a big surprise that he was chosen to represent Austria at Eurovision 1968 with a song ‘Tausend Fenster’ written by Eurovision star Udo Jürgens.

Back in 1968, there were only 17 countries competing in London’s Royal Albert Hall. Austria was represented by a young Czech singer Karel Gott. He had the chance to sing a song, that was composed by nobody else than Austrian Eurovision 1966 winner Udo Jürgens. He performed as number four in the grand final evening.

After a very exciting voting sequence, when Spanish Massiel won with only one point margin over favoured Cliff Richards from the United Kingdom, Karel Gott had received only two points. That was enough for a tied 13th place together with Switzerland and Norway.

The lyrics are in German and actually tell a very sad story. In the city that is already under the blanket of the night, the singer is going and he sees a lot of lighted windows (“A Thousand Windows” as the title says) and he wonders who is behind them. Someone who is as lonely and alone as himself.

Tausend Fenster – opinions from fans

In order to find out what Eurovision fans today think of this Austrian entry from 1968, we asked our Eurovision Fan Panel. It includes team members as well as fans from all over the world.

🇬🇧 Michael O. – Well considering the 1967 contest was held in Vienna you’d have expected Austria to at least send something a bit more contemporary after Sandie Shaws win. But no, they plumped for something that wouldn’t have been out of place in the 1956 debut contest, what a step backward.

🇨🇿 Josef Š. – Karel Gott is a top-class performer, even though in 1968, he was only at the beginning of his career. Tausend Fenster is a nice, but sad song. It’s sung really well in regards to the lyrics. The German language can be very nice and this is proof. I love listening to this song over and over again, even in its Czech language version.

🇨🇴 🇫🇮 Alvaro S. – I like the solemnity feeling that this song gives me. This feeling grows deeper after I read the translation of the lyrics. The lyrics sound so personal and introspective, talking about loneliness. It sounds deep and authentic.

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🇬🇷 Kostas C. – In general a very good song. The music sounds so beautiful. His voice is fantastic. His appearance is excellent. But as a Germanspeaker, I hardly understand what he is singing. Very bad pronunciation. But except this, everything else is brilliant. A good case to search for an English version.

🇳🇱 Eric O. – This was a classic ballad in a time where these kinds of Eurovision entries were still popular, as it was all about the song and not so much about the performance. For me, this is really a boring song, even though I don’t recall having heard it before. So other than mentioning that the song is sung quite well by the singer, it doesn’t do much for me.

🇩🇪 Pascal W. – Definitely one of my least favourite entries from Austria – unfortunately. His voice is good, but the song is just a bit too depressing for me.

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🇬🇧 Paul G. – Not too bad a song. Could be seen by some to be a bit boring. Not a song that would have bothered the upper parts of the scoreboard in any year to be honest!

🇵🇭 Vance T. – I really love how Eurovision back then is so simple yet marvelous.

On the other hand, this one is very lovely song, well, all of the songs are lovely. Though, if I were to ask, I think it deserve a higher placing.

🇹🇷 Gunec G. – I’ve heard the song for the first time and I liked it. A very romantic song sung by a very powerful and good voice. ’60’s was a decade where romance was really very important. The stage, the costumes are so classy, noble and chic.

Enjoy Karel’s performance from the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest in this embedded video. Below the video, you can read more about Karel Gott.

Karel Gott – A mini biography

Karel Gott was a famous Czech singer, probably the most internationally well known singer from this central European country. He was nicknamed “The Golden Voice of Prague” (also “Sinatra of the East” or “Divine Charlie”) and outside of Czech Republic and Slovakia, he had the biggest fanbase in the German-speaking countries – mostly in Germany and Austria. Some of his songs, therefore, had also German language versions for concert tours in those countries.

During his work with the German label Polydor, over 120 albums were released as well as around 70 singles. He travelled to Las Vegas many times during his long career. He have had many famous hits which almost everybody in the Czech Republic knows. That iconic he was. The public also loved Karel Gott’s sense of humour which he proved in many TV sketches.

He had some health problems and fought with cancer which he defeated, but in the end, he died in October 2019 at the age of 80. He has four daughters and with one of them, Charlotte Ella, he recorded a song Srdce Nehasnou (Hearts Will Go On), which was composed especially for him. It is a confession from a father to his daughter. This song became a massive hit even before his death, but includes some philosophical themes hinting to the fact he knew he was dying.

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30
July
2020

Eurovision 2010: Armenia’s Eva Rivas in focus

Eurovision 2010: Armenia’s Eva Rivas in focus

Eva Rivas in Oslo

Armenia got of to a great start at Eurovision after debuting in 2004. They began with an unbroken run of finishing within the top 10. This success continued through to 2010, when Eva Rivas finished in 7th place with Apricot Stone.

On Valentine’s Day 2010, Armenian Television (ARPTV) staged a National Final, with nine acts competing for the honour of representing Armenia at Eurovision. Eva performed last and came second with the jury. The jury favourite by the following year’s entrant Emmy, in a duet with Mihran, placed third with the public. Eva was the public’s choice and this was enough to send the Armen Martirosyan and Karen Kavaleryan song Apricot Stone to Oslo, Norway.

Apricot Stone – opinions from fans

In order to find out what Eurovision fans today think of this Armenian entry from 2010, we asked our Eurovision Fan Panel. It includes team members as well as fans from all over the world.

Michael O. – This is without doubt my favourite entry ever from Armenia. In fact the three Caucasus countries all sent their best entries in 2010 in my opinion. I love everything about the song from the ethnic introduction to the positive message in the song. Eva gave a marvellous performance at Eurovision and although I liked Lena, I really wanted this to win in 2010.

  Steve P. – There’s always a danger threat, when entering a song with very specific cultural references, it won’t cross borders and will go over the heads of everyone else, suffering as a result. Fortunately for Eva, that didn’t happen this time. Her song has aged well with its mid-tempo, soul/funk vibe still being capable of starting a sing-along. I always applaud a country who chooses to remain true to its identity. It’s just a shame that it wasn’t sung in Armenian.

Josef S. – Apricot Stone is until today one of my favourite Armenian entries. It is full of life, makes me dance and sing along to the song. I would say for me that this is one of the modern Eurovision classics. Eva Rivas is not also good singer and performer but also very beautiful woman. Perfect combination. And do I need to mention the iconic and gigantic apricot stone on the stage?

Paul K. – Now, apricots are not my favourite fruit, but I ATE THIS UP!! She has such a good presence on the stage and her song is amazing! What I respect about it and other songs like this is it uses a traditional sound from their own country and that’s what draws me into it! I’m pretty sure this got Top 10 that year and it shows why it deserved it! Such a wonderful song overall!

John E. – Nice song with ethnic elements but I found it did not stand out for me. It is great to have a song that tells a story but I felt that the complex staging detracted from the song and why was she wearing jeans? I enjoyed the build at the end. It may sound odd but I think the song tries too hard…there is a beautiful simple melody which is not enhanced by the staging.

Alvaro S. – Armenia and the apricots seem to go hand in hand. I do not feel bothered by nationalistic symbols as long as it is not too much ‘in your face’. I think this passes my personal test unlike for instance I Love Belarus (Belarus 2011) that gives me some propaganda vibes. I like the sound of the guitar. The melody is peaceful and come on, we have an apricot tree growing onstage.

Alexander S. – In 2010 Armenia chose Eva Rivas for Eurovision. She won The Voice of Armenia and later she went to Eurovision where she sang Apricot Stone which is a very nice song with smooth rhythm included…. a bit of oriental sound. It would have been perfect in her native language. She has Greek/Russian roots which are well told in her performance and lyrics. In my view, I like the song, moreover, she is a very talented, pretty girl who managed a respectable 7th place for Armenia and #54 in the Swiss charts.

Ashleigh K. – I don’t remember this song from 2010 and I’m kind of glad that I don’t. It sounds a bit wishy washy, the vocals aren’t quite strong enough, the melody isn’t quite catchy enough. For me, Armenia have sent better songs to Eurovision.

Remind yourselves of Eva’s performance at Eurovision, in the embedded video below.

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Eva Rivas – a mini biography

Eva was born Valeria Alexandrovna Reshetnikova-Tsatouryan in Rostov-on-Don, Russia on July 13,1987. She took her stage name from her Greek great grandmother. Before her participation at Eurovision, Eva was the lead singer of the Armenian ensemble Arevik. Chosen to represent Armenia at Eurovision in 2010 she placed 7th with Apricot Stone. There were unfounded rumours that Eva would have returned to Eurovision in 2012, but the country withdrew that year.

As well as singing, early in her career, Eva was a successful model, her height of 193 cm giving her a striking figure. A 2011 photo shoot caused quite the scandal at home. In 2014, Eva became a judge on The Voice Armenia. Eva continues to be a well known celebrity in Armenia and is often featured in gossip magazines, due to her choice of clothes, relationships and the new tattoos she gets now and again.

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