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ARMENIA: Karina Ignatyan “Colours of Your Dream”

Armenia is a Junior Eurovision powerhouse. They haven’t missed a show since their 2007 debut, and in that time they have won the whole thing, finished 2nd four times and 3rd twice, made the top five eight times (out of 12 participations, giving them a 67% success rate), and – finally, so I can take a breath – ended up no lower than 9th. They’re showing off at this point, really, though last year was when that all-time-low 9th place happened (undeservedly…L.E.V.O.N was/is a banger and I refuse to acknowledge otherwise). In both song quality and on the scoreboard, they have a lot to live up to thanks to their own string of successes.

This year they’re serving up some ethno-pop reminiscent of entries like People of the Sun and Tarber – in other words, another banger. This one comes courtesy of 13-year-old Karina Ignatyan. Like many JESC artists these days, Karina has already participated in her fair share of music competitions and festivals, from The Voice Kids in Russia to New Wave Junior. Her song is called Colours of Your Dream, and it was co-written by a big name in Armenian music and a familiar face to JESC fans: Avet Barseghyan. If you don’t know him by name, you’ll know his work – his Eurovision-related rollcall includes writing credits on Jan Jan by Inga & Anush and Fly With Me by Artsvik, plus previous Armenian JESC entries Mama (the 2010 winner), People of the Sun, Love, Tarber and Boomerang. He also co-hosted Junior when it was held in Yerevan in 2011. When he’s had a hand in his home country’s JESC songs, they’ve finished 1st, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd and 6th respectively. That’s got to be a good luck charm for Karina! Can she sing herself onto the podium like so many Armenian acts before her, or at least fly as far as Misha’s Boomerang?

I hope so, because I love Colours of Your Dream. I hate to call it a bop since I’m in my late twenties and it makes me sound like I’m trying to ‘get down with the kids’, but this really is a bop. Tarber comparisons are easy to make from the start, when Karina unleashes a dramatic run of big notes á la Anahit & Mary. Then (bim) bam, the beat drops in and the infectiousness, memorable melodies and high energy never let up from that point on. There is a lot going on in this song: changing rhythms from the drum machine, traditional instrumentation, a language switch and so on. But it’s so well put-together nothing feels unnecessary or out of place. The chorus is anthemic and uplifting in both languages, and I think the Armenian/English mix is nicely structured. The whole song is accessible yet representative of the country it’s coming from, and will make for a great dancefloor filler (one of the few on offer in 2019). It also strikes the perfect balance between childlike and mature – it’s youthful and fun, but not overly so in a contest where songs aimed at a pre-teen audience (a.k.a. anything too “kiddy”) don’t tend to go over as well as they once did.

I wish there was a bigger buzz around this entry. Maybe I’m the clueless one, but I reckon Armenia has a good chance of getting back into the top five after a few years out of it. I would like to see some changes from the national final performance, which was pretty colourless considering the song title and subject matter. Ditch the white outfits for something bright and throw in some choreography and I will be sold! Getting the juries on-side is all up to Karina. She’s a decent vocalist, but she needs to nail those opening notes to get things off to a good start. Armenia is better at being runner-up than winner at Junior, and that’s probably the best they can hope for in Poland. As much as I love it, I don’t think Colours can propel them all the way into trophy territory. Still, I expect it to do reasonably well with the juries and the public, and if so that should even-out into a placing Karina can be proud of.

Colours of Your Dream lyrics

Armenian:

Hey!
Yeranzanki ashxar
Vor indz u qez hamar e
Barcel nor chanaparh
Tur indz tur qo dzerke
Tox hnchi im erge
Andatar
Ures, te du aysor txures
Antramadir es u lur es
Gitem, gitem gaxtnike
Uraxutyan
Petqe, petqe lsel im erge
U verchapes gtnel erke
Erazanqi guynere
Erjankutyan
Erb kzgas vor kyanqne Sev-spitak
Guyner ov ayn du nerkin hstak
Var astxer i nman
Qo achkere tox shoshoxa
Eje qo kyanqi
Du nerkin guynov erazanqi
Ari depi ver
Es ktam hima qez tever
Sirte ir kyanqi
Ke ergen guynov erazaqi
Ke ergen guynov erazanqi
Tone, tone amen mi ore
U amenakarevore
Vor liana qo kyanqe
Urax guynov
Verkac, qo srti mech ka der kayc
Vor shunch kta krakin
Bayc piti shat havatas
U apres sirov
When you feel like life is black and white
Take a brush and mix the colours right
Shine on like stars above
Never stop believing in love
Make the magic real
Paint your life with colours of your dream
Come on don't be shy
I'll be teaching you how to fly
With the greatest dream
Paint the world with colours of your dream!
Paint the world with colours
Var astxer i nman
Qo achkere tox shoshoxa
Eje qo kyanqi
Du nerkin guynov erazanqi
Es ktam hima qez tever
Sirte ir kyanqi
Ke ergen guynov erazaqi
Oh, with colours of your dream
Paint the world with colours of your dream!

English:

Hey – ey –ey –ey
A world of dreams,
That opened a new way
For you and me.
Give me your hand
Let my song play
Forever.
Where are you?
If you’re sad today, unhappy and quiet,
I know, I know the secret of happiness.
You need, you need to listen to my song,
And finally find the way out,
The colours of the dream of happiness.
When you feel like life is black and white
Take a brush and mix the colours right.
Shine on like bright stars,
Let your eyes sparkle,
Paint the pages of your life with the colours of your dream.
Come higher, I will give you wings,
I will paint the skies
With the colours of my dream,
The colours of my dream.
Every day is a celebration,
And it is important that your life
Fills with a joyful colour.
Get up, there is still a sparkle in your heart,
That will start a fire,
But you have to believe and live with love.
When you feel like life is black and white
Take a brush and mix the colours right
Shine on like stars above,
Never stop believing in love,
Make the magic real
Paint your life with colours of your dream.
Come on don’t be shy,
I’ll be teaching you how to fly,
We’re the greatest team
Paint the world with colours of your dream!
Paint the world with colours...
Shine on like bright stars,
Let your eyes sparkle,
Paint the pages of your life with the colours of your dream.
I will give you wings,
I will paint the skies
With the colours of my dream,
Ooh, with colours of your dream.
Paint the world with colours of your dream!

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