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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. 


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It has been thought by many that Sirusho was set to represent Armenia in this years' Eurovision Song Contest for the simple reason that they failed to qualify in 2011 with their entry Boom Boom performed by Emmy and that they wanted to return following a one year break with a bang. Ultimately, Guy Suyjan was internally selected by the broadcaster before becoming a group effort as his band The Dorians who were brought in as backing are now being listed as the main performers. The track which was chosen for them by the public and the jury during a national selection held earlier this year was Lonely Planet.

The four entries presenting during the national selection was not of the high standard which many had been expecting but it has somewhat become clear at this stage that they were just demos and that the vocal skills of Gor are stunning. As a matter of fact, Lonely Planet penned by Vardan Zadoyan to the music of Tony Iommi has received a lot of media attention since it was chosen. The composer is one of the members of the British band, Black Sabbath who have helped define the rock genre during the years. The brand new remastered version of the track was released earlier this morning through an official video and the work is to be credited to sound engineers, Mike Exeter and Austen Kilburn in London who have turned this into a really good song. 

Armenia will be competing in the second half of the second semi-final alongside Malta whose entry Tomorrow co-written by Dean Muscat and Boris Cezek is performed by the young, up and coming Gianluca. As a matter of fact, the Maltese representative was present during the Armenian national selection as part of his promotional tour. Gianluca is also expected to visit The Netherlands within the next couple of weeks for the annual Eurovision In Concert which has become somewhat of a tradition for most participation countries. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news about the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: ARMTV

AMPTV, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Armenia within the Eurovision Song Contest is planning their seventh entry for the international competition having taken a year off. An internal selection took place to select the artist, being none other than Gor Sujyan, who is mostly known for being the lead vocalist of the band known as The Dorians, who are also set to be performing throughout the national selection as part of the background team. This will not be the first time that Gor Sujyan will be going to the showcase for the simple reason that he was a backing vocalist to Eva Rivas and her entry Apricot Stone back in 2010 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The last entry that Armenia presented within the international spectacle was Boom Boom performed by Emmy, one of the most popular female stars in the country but the track could not make it beyond the semi-final, finishing in twelfth place with just fifty-four points. Gor Sujyan is set to perform four entries this evening, out of which a professional jury and the public will select the winning entry. The songwriters of the tracks will be announced following the end of the selection in order not to influence the voting but it seems that they come from a mixture of Armenian and foreign songwriters.

The Head of Delegation, Gohar Gasparyan who was also a judge during the semi-final of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be hosting the show alongside Avet Barseghyan. During the course of the evening, guest performances are expected by Gianluca who will represent Malta with the track Tomorrow as well as Sophie & Nodi who will be representing Georgia with the song Waterfall. Following the release of the lyric video for Tomorrow, Gianluca will be performing the mastered version of his entry this evening. The song selection is set to commence at 18:30 CET and could be watched through the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Truth 

The first song of the evening kicks off and the singer is accompanied on stage by a band for this pop ballad number with a rock touch. The song has a relatively catchy refrain but the overall outcome is not so pleasant. It seems that it lacks something. The audience give a good cheer to the singer who clearly needs to work a bit on his look and perhaps a bit on his stage presence. Not a bad start to the show though. 

No Time

The second song follows suit and he is once again accompanied on stage by the same band. Not even a costume change and it seems that if these are all the song that Armenia is going to go with at the Eurovision Song Contest they will find it quite difficult to do well. This is more of a rock number with no climax at all. Well I guess it can only get better from here on. 

Toy Planet

A soft rock ballad is the third number of the night and indeed the selection does get better. This song suits his vocals more, although he needs to improve his diction on it for it to sound smooth. The song has a nice climax and the guitar solo sounds nice too. Definitely the best song thus far. Nothing extraordinary mind you but good enough and the audience seems to agree. 

Lonely Planet

Well the singer seems to be stuck on different planets but surely the last two songs featuring the planets were the best of the night. It seems that this follows in the same genre as the previous one but this is somewhat more generic. This might do better as it may have a more commercial appeal. The singer seems to be more comfortable in this number and will surely be one of the two favourites tonight. 

The Show (Part 2)

The public televote is now open and the interval act kicks off with the junior representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The band gives a very strong performance of their catchy tune and the audience seem to love this number tat has traditional elements in too. It might possibly be stronger than their actual Eurovision song as this is the best song we have heard all night. The best part of the show for all the Maltese is surely Gianluca's interpretation of Tomorrow in Armenia. Gianluca is introduced to the stage and the song starts off with the lyric video in the background.

Gianluca performs confidently and the audience seems to love the entry clapping along to its tune and some of them singing along to Tomorrow. Gianluca's smile certainly shone through the performance and it seems that his first official outing in foreign shores was a hit. The Georgian representatives follow Gianluca on stage and they perform their power ballad 'Waterfall' which although might have a relatively slow start it picks up and the ending is quite uplifting. Good performance by the Georgian duo. 

Lonely Planet will represent Armenia in Malmo.