Go Lucina?: Prizefighter reveals his Armenia pick for Eurovision in Azerbaijan

Go Lucina?: Prizefighter reveals his Armenia pick for Eurovision in Azerbaijan


Germany-based Armenian professional boxer Karo Murat sees Lucina, a rising Armenian pop star, as the country’s choice for next year’s Eurovision song contest in Azerbaijan, he revealed at a press conference in Yerevan.

The IBF inter-continental champion said he had a chance to meet with Armenia’s Eurovision 2011 participant Emmy when she visited his training camp for the production of a video with another Germany-based Armenian professional boxer Arthur Abraham. Murat told the media in Yerevan that despite her failure to qualify for the finals Emmy performed well at the Dusseldorf show.

“The song and her clip had aroused a great deal of interest in Germany, and I think it could finish among the top ten,” Murat (Karen Muratyan, 27) said, according to PanArmenian.net.

Murat’s elder brother Koko, who is also a professional boxer, believes that Armenia must send a representative to perform in Azerbaijan next year. Furthermore, he thinks that “the representative of our country should be elected by voting.”

(Karo and Koko Murat spoke at the news conference primarily about their recent fights and immediate plans in boxing. Karo said he dedicated his latest victory in the ring on May 7 to the 19th anniversary of the liberation of Shushi in Karabakh).

For the first time since 2006 Armenia’s representative failed to qualify for the Eurovision finals this year. An Azerbaijani duet’s victory in Europe’s biggest pop music contest earlier this month has given Baku the right to organize the show in 2012.

The Armenian public broadcaster has not yet revealed whether Armenia will send its participant to Baku next year or not, given that Azerbaijan remains a hostile environment for Armenians because of the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Meanwhile, early speculations have been made about Armenia’s possible choice for next year’s Eurovision, including singer Lucina (as is also clear from her Facebook account).

The young singer who was born and raised in Yerevan has pursued a successful music career overseas, mostly in pop and RnB genres, becoming the first artist from Armenia to sign with the EMI label.