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Thursday, 02 May 2013 17:08

Armenia: Reviewing the track 'Lonely Planet'

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Sharon Vaughn from the United States, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom and Stano Simor from the Czech Republic represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we find ourselves within the middle section of the second semi-final. Attention turns to Armenia whose broadcaster, ARMTV has been drawn in slot number #11 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled Lonely Planet is co-written by Vardan Zadoyan and Tony Iommi with vocals attributed to the group, The Dorians.

The most popular Armenian rock band Dorians represents Armenia in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song Lonely Planet, written by Tony Iommi, the guitarist and songwriter of Black Sabbath, and Armenian lyricist Vardan Zadoyan. “Dorians” consists of five musicians: Gor Sujyan (lead vocal), Gagik Khodavirdi (lead guitar), Edgar Sahakyan (bass guitar), Arman Pahlevanyan (keyboards) and Arman Jalalyan (drums). Gor Sujyan, the front man of the rock band, took the decision to become a musician when he first listened to the song Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin, which has been symbolic and, perhaps, fatal. In a very short period of time the young man who never ever took music education has recorded outstanding achievements in the music industry together with his friends Gagik, Arman, Edgar and Arman.

Led Zeppelin had a big influence on the process of formation of Dorians. In 2008 when the boys gathered together they created a band called Gor and Friends and they began to perform the songs of Led Zeppelin. In six months they decided to perform not only cover songs, but also their own songs and decided to rename the band from Gor and Friends to Dorians. At the beginning the band was performing songs only in English, but soon Dorians made a great revolution in their repertoire presenting their fans the song Yes Kulam which means I’m Crying in Armenian. The song became very popular because “it’s about a greater love”, as Gor explains. Dorians first studio album called Fly was released in 2011. In August, 2011, the band performed during the opening ceremony of Serj Tangian’s concert in Yerevan. 


But the most important concert for the band took place in September 2010, when Glenn Hughes and Derek Sherinian performed on the same stage with Dorians in Yerevan. Upon their return to the Eurovision Song Contest following a one year absence, the nation decided to appoint Gor Suyjan alongside his band known as The Dorians to represent the country. Indeed, they were presented with four entries to perform and despite all being within the 'rock genre', it was quite recognisable that the fight would be between Lonely Planet, the eventual winner and Toy Planet which many stated to be the first runner-up. The national selection was organised on a small scale within a television studio in Armenia and featured guests such as Gianluca from Malta and Sophi & Nodi from Georgia. It was not a long process and the results came to be known relatively early into the evening. 

Without Your Love, performed by André finished in eighth place within the final of the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest held in Athens, Greece and it was the beginning of a successful tenure within the music spectacle. In the years that followed, the country continued to reach top ten results, with their best showing to date coming in 2008 as Sirusho took to the stage in Belgrade for an astonishing performance of the song Qele Qele landing her the third runner-up slot. Unfortunately, it was to be pop princess Emmy to fail to take the country into the final for the very first time back in 2011, and this prompted a lot of criticism, leading to the withdrawal of the nation, the opportune time to take a break although many knew that there were other reasons involved. The song Boom Boom had always been a question mark but given the positive history of the nation, one would have managed to believe otherwise. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 57%

Martin Isherwood: Good chorus although the feel change lessens the tension rather than raises it Interesting rhyme - lonely planet / who has done it. Nice sentiment. Great voice. Feels momentarily like 'The circle of life' in the bridge and rhythmically like cars 'drive' in the chorus Good solid pop rock song

Sharon Vaughn: A lot of passion and a great message. Couldn't help but notice the English grammar mistakes. Someone should check the text before they record. It would add to the credibility.

Stano Simor: Armenia sends a nice ballad to the Eurovision Song Contest. The chorus is quickly noticeable and the singers' voice has a really nice tone to it. Overall this type of entry is not typical of the international spectacle but very radio-ish. The stage presentation will most likely be nothing special and therefore keeping things simple. 

Source: eurovision.tv


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