EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Srbuk

What next for this year’s Eurovision entrants?

Armenia: Srbuk

by Christopher Smith

Armenia joined Eurovision in 2006 and had amassed seven top ten finishes since then. The country failed to qualify in 2018 with “Qami” sung by Sevak Khanagyan for only the second time, so this year’s entry, the powerful “Walking Out” by 25 year old Srbuhi Sargsyan, know by her stage name of Srbuk, should of put the country back in the running for a high finish. Shockingly, for a second year running, Armenia failed to win enough points to win through its group semi final, despite an almighty performance from Srbuk herself and much anticipation from many quarters that Armenia would do well with “Walking Out”.

Srbuk made her name when she finished second in the 2010 series of The X Factor in Armenia. She joined the band Allusion in 2012 and in 2014 she performed vocals on Papoyan’s single “Boat”. Two years later she finally released her debut single “Yete Karogh Es” (“If You Can”) and followed that with “Half A Goddess” in 2018 prior to being recruited to represent Armenia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. “Walking Out” was written by Armenian composer Garik Papoyan, who had previously written the country’s 2014 entry “Not Alone”, which finished fourth. Undeteered, Srbuk is playing live across Armenia this Summer and has a new single she is about to release that will feature in a new movie ‘Anhayt Bajanord’.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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