In what organisers describe as a move to “take away any suggestion of political intent behind the song”, Armenia’s entry to Eurovision 2015 has been retitled ‘Face the shadow’. The lyrics of the song, which formerly went by the subtle title ‘Don’t deny’, remain unchanged.

In the drawn out period of announcements regarding the Genealogy project, the Armenian delegation made reference to the centenary of massacres of 1915. The song’s video, which remains unchanged, uses imagery designed to reflect upon this era. However, the official statement released suggests that ARMTV requested the song name change “to strengthen the concept of an anthem of peace, love and unity”, Gohar Gasparyan, Head of Delegation, was quoted as saying.

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