Armenia were absent from the 2012 Eurovision due to political issues with Azerbaijan, and due to a rare flop in 2011 with the tacky ‘Boom Boom‘, they haven’t made a finals appearance since the well-endowed Eva Rivas finished 7th with Apricot Stone in 2010. So it’s understandable that they might want to pull out the stops for their 2013 comeback, and strong rumours indicate that popular singer Sirusho – who gave the nation their best ever placing when she came 4th in 2008 with Qele Qele – is being lined up for a comeback.

Nothing has been confirmed yet, but the speculation is that her current hit PreGomesh is likely to act as her entry. It’s a high-energy dance song with a distinctly traditional vibe. It’s the kind of thing you’d only ever really hear at Eurovision if you live in the west, which is one of my favourite things about the contest.

At four minutes it would need editing, and the vocal effects may be difficult to replicate live, which leads me to suspect that if she is coming back at all, it might actually be with a song more tailored to live performance. But if it was nominated, it would absolutely be one of the strongest submissions so far – and it’s well worth a listen in any event.

As for Sirusho, young, talented, pretty and highly ambitious, whether she comes back with this or something else, she seems almost certain to be among the front runners. This could be one to watch – and how interesting if the contest went to Yerevan so soon after Baku.