Apricot Stone

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"Apricot Stone"
Apricot Stone.jpg
Single by Eva Rivas
Released 2010
Format Digital single, CD single
Recorded 2010
Genre Pop
Length 3:02
Songwriter(s) Composer: Armen Martirosyan
Lyricist: Karen Kavaleryan
Armenia "Apricot Stone"
Eurovision Song Contest 2010 entry
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Semi-final points
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Jan Jan" (2009)   
"Boom-Boom" (2011) ►

"Apricot Stone" is a song by Eva Rivas that was the Armenian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 held in Oslo, Norway. The song was written by two former Eurovision songwriters: Armen Martirosyan, composer of "Without Your Love", the first Armenian Eurovision entry by André; and Karen Kavaleryan, six-time lyricist for five different countries.[1][2] The arrangement was provided by nationally recognized arranger and record producer Ara Torosyan.

The song featured the Armenian national music instrument duduk played by famous Armenian `dudukahar' Djivan Gasparyan, one of the oldest persons ever to feature in a Eurovision Song Contest performance, only beaten by Emil Ramsauer (95) of Takasa in 2013 for Switzerland. The instrument is traditionally made of apricot wood.

Apricot stone is another name for the seed of an apricot

The apricot, known in Armenia since ancient times, has long been held as an emblem of the country which has been called "The motherland of the apricot." [3] Some have interpreted the lyrics of Apricot Stone to have a political message about the Armenian Genocide.[4] Later in France, an Armenian representative gave a speech confirming this claim.[5]


Chart (2010) Peak
Swiss Singles Chart[6] 54


  1. ^ Brey, Marco (14 February 2010). "Eva Rivas to represent Armenia!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Klier, Marcus (14 February 2010). "Armenia sends Eva Rivas to the Eurovision Song Contest". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Armenian apricot at welcomearmenia.com
  4. ^ Conspiracy theory in Eurovision: Turkey claims genocide hint in Armenia's "Apricot stone" at armenianow.com
  5. ^ "Eurovision'a Ermenistan gözyaşıyla damga vurdu" (in Turkish). CNN Türk. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Swiss Singles Chart

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