Armenia remain as one of the most successful Eurovision nations, with more often than not, the nation finishing in the Top 5. This puts the pressure on young Misha who was internally selected to represent Armenia with the song Boomerang! Will this be a case of Armenia throwing out a good song and receiving good results in return, or will this be one lost Boomerang?
Armenia are known for their energetic and unique entries, and this year they’re taking a bit of a step away from what we have come to expect from them, and they’re sending a ballad. I was truly expecting something of Mika ‘Love’ levels from Armenia this year with the selection of Misha, so at first I felt a bit disappointed with the lack of uniqueness that this song seemingly has. There’s no arguing that it’s more generic than most of their previous entries, and in that respect I don’t view the nation as highly as I have in previous years. Saying that, the more I listen to this song, the more I start to enjoy it. As far as a ballad goes, it’s a nice one. It’s quite a deep message for a song directed primarily at children and teenagers, but for the most part on stage, viewers will be more focused on performance and melody.
Like in previous years, Armenia have picked a competent singer in Misha who is very likely to be able to nail this song live. In a way, this song and Misha himself are like the combination of both Aram Mp3 and the Dorians and Gor Sujyan. It’s got the uplifting feeling like Aram Mp3’s Eurovision song Not Along, and he has the voice and appearance of Gor Sujyan. Since we liked both those entries, this would surely be a perfect entry for me, but it’s just falling short for me. The more I listen to it, the more I like it but I can’t help but feel slightly underwhelmed with the song, probably because of the lack of ‘Armenian-ness’ the song has, which perhaps could have been remedied simply with some traditional instrumentation.
Despite that, I think Armenia will end up in the Top 5, and if not, they will be close behind. I don’t know if this is a winning song, and for me personally I don’t think it’s a winner, but it’s got a lot of support thus far which could potentially push it into the top spot. With a good live stage performance, this is one to definitely watch out for.
I’m personally giving this song a 7.5/10.
If you want to check out all the previous entries from Armenia at Junior Eurovision, make sure to check out our Junior Best of the Bunch: Armenia!