Armenia to Participate in Eurovision Contest

(Combined Sources)–This year–for the first time ever–Armenia will participate in the world famous Eurovision Song Contest–which will take place from May 18-20 in Athens–Greece.

The Eurovision Song Contest has been around since 1956. Participating countries choose one artist and a song to represent them in the Contest. The artists perform their songs–after which viewers vote for their favorite song (viewers are not allowed to vote for the performer from their own country). Votes are then tallied and the winning country gets to host the contest the following year. Some famous artists who have appeared on Eurovision include Celine Dion–ABBA–and Olivia Newton-John.

Representing Armenia in the contest this year will be Andre–voted best singer two years in a row at the National Music Awards in Armenia. His popularity among both the public and in international competitions helped to make him Armenia’s representative in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Andre will be singing a touching–melodic love song–which is a mixture of modern and ethnic elemen’s. The song was composed by the conductor of Armenia’s Jazz Orchestra–Armen Martirosyan. The arrangement was done by Ara Torosyan–"miracle man" of the Armenian music industry.

Andre was born in the capital of Mountainous Karabagh Republic–Stepanakert. At the age of 6 he entered the Stepanakert Komitas Music School where he took piano classes. Three years later–Andre wrote his first song–"Prayer," dedicated to God. During the war–Andre sang in "The children of Artsakh" youth ensemble–which performed for different military units.

At the age of 15–Andre took part in "Road to Renaissance" competition as an individual performer and jump-started his career. He has since then participated in numerous competitions–performed many concerts–and established a loyal fan base in Armenia and abroad. He has performed in Russia–China–Georgia–Iran–Kazakhstan–and the US. This spring–by participating in the Eurovision contest–Andre will have a chance to win over Europe.

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