Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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Eurovision Song Contest 2008
Country Armenia
National selection
Selection processArtist
Internal Selection
National Final
Selection date(s)8 March 2008
Selected entrantSirusho
Selected song"Qélé, Qélé"
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (2nd, 139 points)
Final result4th, 199 points
Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Armenia competed in the first Eurovision Song Contest 2008 semi-final on 20 May 2008. The country chose their singer by an internal selection. They selected Sirusho to be their representative for this year's Eurovision.[1]

National selection[edit]

The Armenian national final concert that was scheduled for March 8, 2008 was canceled due to a State of Emergency in Armenia.[2] The Armenian TV channel decided to film a national final show instead.[2] Sirusho sang four songs. The winning song was chosen by televoting and SMS voting.

Armenian composers were invited to write songs for Sirusho. Four of them were selected by a special jury and "Qélé, Qélé", which will represent the country in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, was chosen during a National Final.

Draw Song Percentage Place
1 "Strong" 2.4% 4
2 "I Can't Control It " 6.0% 2
3 "I Still Breathe" 5.1% 3
4 "Qélé, Qélé" 86.5% 1

At Eurovision[edit]

In previous years, if a country placed in the top 10 countries in the final they automatically qualified to the final of the next contest. Had this rule remained for the 2008 contest, Armenia would have directly qualified for the final. However, a change in rules due to the large intake of countries participating in the contest meant that only five countries, the host country and the Big 4 countries, would automatically qualify to the final. As such, Armenia were forced to compete in one of the two semi-finals of the 2008 contest in Serbia.

At the first semi-final, held on May 20, Sirusho performed 14th, following Bosnia & Herzegovina and preceding the Netherlands.Armenia qualified to the final, placing second in the semi-final and scoring 139 points.

In the final, Sirusho performed 5th following Germany and preceding Bosnia and Herzegovina. She finished fourth with 199 points, the highest number of points in all of Armenia's Eurovision entries until 2016, when a new voting system was used.

Points awarded to Armenia (Semi-Final 1)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Armenia (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Armenia[edit]

See: Eurovision Song Contest 2008.

See also[edit]