2008-2009: Eurovision Song Contest, Aftermath and Continued Fame
Sirusho received her fourth Best Female Artist award at the 2008 Armenian National Music Awards, where she had obtained her first award in 2005, and had promised to continue her "rise". She has received several other awards for her songs and music videos during this year.
Sirusho was chosen to represent Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with Canadian-Armenian music composer and producer H.A. Der-Hovagimian's song Qele Qele. The song entered the first semi-final on May 20 and advanced to the final which took place on May 24, 2008 in Belgrade.
Even though she finished 4th in the final with 199 points, she was awarded the maximum amount of 12 points the most times of all the contestants (8), with the winner, Russia's Dima Bilan receiving 12 points six times.
During the official after-party following the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, the four winners of the Marcel Bezençon Award 2008 were announced and prizes were given out. A newly introduced award was presented this year, the Fan Award by Swedish website Gylleneskor.se. Readers of the site had the opportunity to vote online for their favorite 2008 artist under the age of 25. Thousands of votes were cast and the winner was Sirusho with Qele Qele.
On April 1, 2009, Sirusho released the song "Erotas", also known as "Erotas Ksafnikos" (Sudden Love), sung entirely in the Greek. The song is an up-tempo dance song with heavy traditional Greek laiko influence. It was composed by singer Hayko and written by Natalia Germanou. Sirusho performed the song live at the 2009 Tashir Armenian Awards ceremony in April that year. Erotas went on to become a number one hit on the Armenian Singles Chart.
Sirusho stirred up some controversy when she was the spokesperson for Armenia during the voting at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 final. When she revealed the votes from the country she showed a photo off We Are Our Mountains a number of times causing heated reactions from Azerbaijan.
On June 6, 2009 Sirusho married former Armenian president Robert Kocharyan's son Levon Kocharyan.
In 2009 Sirusho also recorded a song dedicated to peace along with the participants of Eurovision 2008, Boaz Mauda and Jelena Tomasevic, representing Israel and Serbia, respectively. Time To Pray was released in May. Its lyricist is the president of Israel, Shimon Peres. The song was performed in multiple countries, including Russia and Serbia.
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