Here’s what you can expect from Armenia’s Eurovision entry LoveWave

Here’s what you can expect from Armenia’s Eurovision entry LoveWave –

Metro – Eurovision 2016 is on its way, with the annual songfest taking place in Stockholm on May 10, 12 and 14.

But just what can you expect from this year’s batch of pan-continental singing hopefuls?

Well, we’ve listened to all of the 43 entries, and we can give you some idea of exactly what’s coming your way when they take to the stage in the Swedish capital.

Let’s kick off with the first semi-final – beginning with…

Who’s the act? Iveta is a singer, model and actress who was born in the Armenian capital Yerevan, grew up in Hamburg and originally found fame when she appeared on the German version of The Voice.

What’s the song? LoveWave has all the hallmarks of a big Eurovision-esque diva ballad, with bombastic drums, a vaguely anthemic chorus and a few ethnic-style twiddles thrown in for good measure – not to mention Iveta’s dramatic vocals in this three minute story of a life-changing love.

Sample lyrics: ‘You’re like a love wave/Shook my life like an earthquake/Now I’m waking up/You’re like a love wave/Gave me faith, now I can break/Every single wall.’

And the video? Lots of sultry, moody glances from Iveta, intercut with silhouettes and assorted weird visuals flashing in and out. Oh, and some long-haired bloke with a beard who we assume is responsible for the titular Love Wave.

What chance does it have? Despite having eagerly taken part since 2006 (only missing 2012 when the contest was held in Azerbaijan), Armenia have yet to actually register a win on the Eurovision stage, coming closest in 2008 when Sirusho’s Qele Qele finished third.

Iveta’s facing some strong competition this year, but the Armenians have a habit of sneaking in to the final just when you least expect it (their slightly shrieky 2015 effort Face The Shadow did just that, for example) – and even doing quite well out of it sometimes. LoveWave might have flown under the Eurovision radar so far, but it’s a deceptively decent little track which could well prove to be one of this year’s dark horses. At the very least, it should make the grand final. And if Iveta doesn’t turn up on stage with at least two strategically placed wind machines we will be very disappointed.

Watch LoveWave by Iveta Mukuchyan

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