Hopes to Return in 2012
Eva Rivas, Armenia’s representative at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Norway in May, came in seventh with her song “Apricot Stone” (lyrics by Moscow-based Karen Kavaleryan, music by Armen Martirosyan).
According to Rivas and her producer, “Apricot Stone” is about the need for world peace and love. The song also symbolizes the Armenian Diaspora and Rivas’s yearning for her homeland.
Her performance of “Apricot Stone” earned a total of 141 points. Accompanying her on the duduk was Djivan Gasparyan, the renowned musician.
19-year-old Lena Meyer-Lundrut, representing Germany, claimed the winning spot with her pop song “Satellite,” which earned 246 points, followed by Turkey’s maNga (170 points), and Romania’s Paula Seling & Ovi (162 points). Voting points came from the viewers and national juries of 39 countries. In 2009, 42 countries participated. Missing from this year’s contest were Andorra, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Montenegro. Georgia had opted to stay out of the 2009 competition in Moscow after being instructed to change the lyrics to their song “We Don’t Wanna Put In” (read Putin). The song was back in this year’s competition and came in ninth.
At the finals, Armenia received 12 points (the maximum number of points one country can give to another) from Russia, the Netherlands, and Israel. In 2009, Israel had given 8 points to Armenia, Russia 5, and the Netherlands 5. Turkey gave Armenia 6 points, as it had the previous year. Armenia also received 10 points from Georgia, 8 from Spain, and 8 from Bulgaria.
Meanwhile following the semifinals, when representatives from both Armenia and Azerbaijan performed, the Azeri media made a fuss about the exclusion of Nagorno-Karabagh and “other occupied territories” from the map of Azerbaijan, which was shown before the Azeri performer’s show. In a separate incidence, the Azeri delegation protested the presence of the Nagorno-Karabagh flag in Oslo’s Telenor Arena, where the semifinals took place. Security personnel, however, refrained from intervening in “political affairs” and allowed the flag to remain, according to ArmeniaNow.com.
In an interview with Armenia’s public television, Rivas said she was pleased with her performance of Apricot Stone. “There is still some feeling of dissatisfaction with the place that we got,” Rivas added, “so I’d like to return there to get a victory for Armenia in 2012,” reported ArmeniaNow.com.
Below are the full results of the 2010 Eurovision song contest, as posted on the Eurovision website.
|2||Turkey||maNga||We Could Be The Same||170|
|3||Romania||Paula Seling & Ovi||Playing With Fire||162|
|4||Denmark||Chanée & N’evergreen||In A Moment Like This||149|
|6||Belgium||Tom Dice||Me And My Guitar||143|
|7||Armenia||Eva Rivas||Apricot Stone||141|
|8||Greece||Giorgos Alkaios & Friends||OPA||140|
|11||Russia||Peter Nalitch & Friends||Lost And Forgotten||90|
|12||France||Jessy Matador||Allez Olla Olé||82|
|13||Serbia||Milan Stanković||Ovo Je Balkan||72|
|15||Spain||Daniel Diges||Algo Pequeñito (Something Tiny)||68|
|16||Albania||Juliana Pasha||It’s All About You||62|
|17||Bosnia & Herzegovina||Vukašin Brajić||Thunder And Lightning||51|
|18||Portugal||Filipa Azevedo||Há Dias Assim||43|
|19||Iceland||Hera Björk||Je Ne Sais Quoi||41|
|20||Norway||Didrik Solli-Tangen||My Heart Is Yours||35|
|21||Cyprus||Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders||Life Looks Better In Spring||27|
|22||Moldova||Sunstroke Project & Olia Tira||Run Away||27|
|23||Ireland||Niamh Kavanagh||It’s For You||25|
|25||United Kingdom||Josh||That Sounds Good To Me||10|
Rivas was born Valeriya Reshetnikova-Tsaturyan on July 13, 1987 in Rostov-na-Donu, Russia, to an Armenian mother and an Armenian-Greek-Russian father. She left Rostov in 2006 and soon after adopted her Greek great-grandmother’s name, Eva Rivas, as her stage name.
According to her website (www.evarivas.com), from 1996-2004 she was a soloist in the Arevik Ensemble in Rostov, through which she earned recognition, awards, and medals. In 2003, she graduated from Image Elite, a modeling studio. She has earned titles such as “Little Beauty of Rostov,” “Golden Voice of Rostov,” “Miss Pearl of Don” and, while in Yerevan, “Vice-Miss of the Caucasus.” After leaving Arevik, Rivas continued to enter contests, and in 2008, signed a contract with Armenian Production. She gained even more popularity when in 2009, she chose to sing Sayat Nova’s “Tamam Ashkharh” at the Tashir 2009 Music Festival. That same year, Rivas released a music video for “Tamam Ashkharh,” which was directed by Bookhadir Yuldeshev and shot in Armenia, Afghanistan, Algeria, and Uzbekistan. She has also appeared on Armenian TV shows.