Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Armenia
Armenia
Member station Public Television company of Armenia (AMPTV)
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances 12 (10 finals)
First appearance 2006
Best result 4th: 2008, 2014
Worst result 15th SF: 2018
External links
AMPTV page
Armenia's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Armenia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 12 times since making its debut in 2006, when André became the first participant representing not only Armenia but the entire Transcaucasian region. Armenia has reached the top 10 on seven occasions, with the country's best result in the contest being two fourth-place finishes; achieved by Sirusho with the song "Qélé, Qélé" (2008), and Aram Mp3 with "Not Alone" (2014). 2011 was the first year that Armenia failed to advance from the semi-final round. This was followed by the country withdrawing from the 2012 contest due to security concerns in the organizing city Baku. In 2018, Armenia failed to qualify from the semi-finals for a second time.

History[edit]

Armenia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 with the song "Without Your Love" performed by one of Armenia's top artists, André and produced by Anush Hovnanyan. Armenia had never entered the competition before; therefore, it had to compete in the semi-final. André was the first performer of the semi-finals. The song reached the final of the contest on 20 May 2006 and gave Armenia a successful debut coming in 8th position.

Having reached the top ten in the final, Armenia didn't have to compete in the semi-final of the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest and automatically reached the final on 12 May performing 23rd of the 24 finalists and came eighth again.

In 2008, Armenia reached the top five for the first time, with Sirusho finishing fourth with the song "Qélé, Qélé", which received the most 12 points in the final, with a total of eight. This result was followed by two more top ten placements in 2009 and 2010, making Armenia one of only three countries that had always placed in the top ten since the introduction of the semi-finals. This record was broken at the 2011 contest, when Emmy and the song "Boom Boom" failed to qualify from the first semi-final by only one point.

On 7 March 2012, Armenia announced that it would be withdrawing from the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, because of security concerns.[1] Despite their 2012 withdrawal, Armenia confirmed participation in the 2013 contest in Sweden.[2]

In 2014 Armenia reached the top five for the second time, with Aram Mp3 and the song "Not Alone" placing fourth, matching the country's best-ever showing in the contest. Armenia has now reached the final in 10 out of 12 contests, failing to advance to the final for the second time in 2018, finishing 15th in semifinal one. This is Armenia's worst result in the contest to date.

AMPTV also has program called Eurovision Diary, a program specifically designed for Armenian Eurovision entrants and their experiences. The program begins every year when the artist is chosen and ends with the Eurovision final.

Contestants[edit]

Table key
  1st place
  2nd place
  3rd place
  Last place
  Withdrew/Disqualified
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
2006 André English "Without Your Love" 8 129 6 150
2007 Hayko English, Armenian "Anytime You Need" 8 138 Top 10 Previous Year
2008 Sirusho English, Armenian "Qélé, Qélé" (Քելե, Քելե) 4 199 2 139
2009 Inga and Anush English, Armenian "Jan Jan" (Ջան Ջան) 10 92 5 99
2010 Eva Rivas English "Apricot Stone" 7 141 6 83
2011 Emmy English "Boom Boom" Failed to qualify 12 54
2012 Did not participate
2013 Dorians English "Lonely Planet" 18 41 7 69
2014 Aram Mp3 English "Not Alone" 4 174 4 121
2015 Genealogy English "Face the Shadow" 16 34 7 77
2016 Iveta Mukuchyan English "LoveWave" 7 249 2 243
2017 Artsvik English "Fly with Me" 18 79 7 152
2018 Sevak Khanagyan Armenian "Qami" (Քամի) Failed to qualify 15 79

NOTE: If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2018, Armenia's voting history is as follows:

Awards received[edit]

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia, honouring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest and the current Head of Delegation for Sweden) and Richard Herrey (a member of the Herreys and the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 winner from Sweden), the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon. The awards are divided into three categories: Press Award, Artistic Award, and Composer Award.[3]

Year Host city Category Song Performer(s) Composer(s)
2008 Belgrade Fan Award "Qélé, Qélé" Sirusho H.A. Der-Hovagimian, Sirusho

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Commentators Spokesperson
2006 Gohar Gasparyan & Felix Khachatryan Gohar Gasparyan
2007 Gohar Gasparyan Sirusho
2008 Felix Khachatryan & Hrachuhi Utmazyan Hrachuhi Utmazyan
2009 Khoren Levonyan Sirusho
2010 Hrachuhi Utmazyan & Khoren Levonyan Nazeni Hovhannisyan
2011 Artak Vardanyan Lusine Tovmasyan
2012 Gohar Gasparyan & Artur Grigoryan Armenia did not participate
2013 André & Arevik Udumyan (Semi-finals),
Erik Antaranyan & Anna Avanesyan (Final)
André
2014 Erik Antaranyan & Anna Avanesyan (Semi-finals),
Arevik Udumyan & Tigran Danielyan (Final)
Anna Avanesyan
2015 Aram Mp3 & Erik Antaranyan (First semi-final),
Vahe Khanamiryan & Hermine Stepanyan (Second semi-final),
Avet Barseghyan & Arevik Udumyan (Final)
Lilit Muradyan
2016 Avet Barseghyan Arman Margaryan
2017 Gohar Gasparyan & Avet Barseghyan Iveta Mukuchyan
2018 Avet Barseghyan & Felix Khachatryan Arsen Grigoryan

Photogallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Siim, Jarmo (7 March 2012). "Armenia withdraws from Eurovision 2012". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (31 October 2012). "Armenia confirms participation". EscToday. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Marcel Bezençon Award – an introduction". Poplight.se. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 

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