Artsvik has finally released the song she will perform at the First Semi-Final of Eurovision 2017. The winner of Depi Evratesil has been actively working since her victory at the talent show in order to bring the best entry to the Eurovision stage. Although the Armenian broadcaster made a worldwide open call for songs, they have once again trusted on composers from their homeland.
The broadcaster received more than 300 works from national and international composers, but only 10 songs were shortlisted. After a careful consideration, AMPTV’s creative team, together with Artsvik selected “Fly with me”. The song was composed by Lilith and Levon Navasardyan, known to Eurovision fans for Aram MP3’s “Not alone”, Mika’s “Love” and Iveta Mukuchyan’s “LoveWave”. Lyrics were written by Avet Barseghyan and David Tserunyan.
“When I first wrote for Aram MP3, it was quite challenging for me, as I was new to Eurovision. With Iveta, I was much more confident, but still had a lot to learn. This time, as soon as I heard Artsvik’s voice, I knew what to do. Her voice is… diverse, her vocal range is very wide and the color of her voice is unique and beautiful. I tried to capture and pass that sense to everyone who will listen to this song” – says Lilit.
One of the lyricists also commented on the song:
“The first time we heard the song, Artsvik’s unique voice transported us into a fairy word, so we knew that the lyrics had to reflect that. We had written 4 different versions of lyrics and in the end the team and Artsvik chose “Fly with me”. The girl in this fairy tale is the metaphoric symbol of love, that embodies our colors, our stories and our voices that make us who we are. The lyrics are light and easy to understand, but they carry a universal message – love is one for all of us” – says co-author David Tserunyan.
You can listen to the song and watch the official music video, directed by Arthur Manukyan, below
As started by the broadcaster “Both music and lyrics were inspired by this year’s slogan “Celebrate Diversity”. Featuring folk and traditional rhythms and elements not only from Armenia, but also from Europe, Africa and even Asia, “Fly with me” comes to showcase the beauty of diversity and proves that our stories and voices are the vivid colors of this world.”
“My song tells a story of a girl, who is the metaphorical symbol of love. She embodies the colors, the stories and the voices that make us who we are. “Fly with me” encourages everyone to come with me on this girl’s journey of championing the diverse and beautiful human nature. I think nowadays it is especially important to embrace our heritage and our traditions. We, the people – our colors, our stories and our voices make up this world. We must never forget that this girl’s light and love is one for all of us.”, Artsvik commented on the song.
Artsvik became the winner of the 2017 Armenian national selection after battling the other finalist Marta. Both the public televote and judges voted heavily for Artsvik giving her 40% and 31% respectively in the 50/50 split vote, while Marta received 10% and 19%.
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