Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Armenia
National selection
Selection processInternal selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 30 November 2018
Song: 10 March 2019
Selected entrantSrbuk
Selected song"Walking Out"
Selected songwriter(s)Lost Capital
tokionine
Garik Papoyan
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (16th, 49 points)
Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Armenia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Srbuk was internally selected by the Armenia broadcaster Public Television of Armenia (AMPTV) on 30 November 2018 to sing the entry that will represent the nation at the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2019 Contest, Armenia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twelve times since its first entry in 2006.[1] Armenia's highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been fourth place, which the nation achieved on two occasions: in 2008 with the song "Qélé, Qélé" performed by Sirusho and in 2014 with the song "Not Alone" performed by Aram Mp3. Armenia had, to this point, failed to qualify to the final on one occasion in 2011 and 2018. The nation briefly withdrew from the contest in 2012 due to long-standing tensions with then host country Azerbaijan.[2]

Before Eurovision[edit]

Internal selection[edit]

On 30 November 2018, AMPTV announced Srbuk as the Armenian entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.[3] AMPTV also opened the song submission period for composers to send their entries until 10 January 2019.[4]

Promotion[edit]

Srbuk made several appearances across Europe to specifically promote "Walking Out" as the Armenian Eurovision entry. On 6 April, she performed during the Eurovision in Concert event at the AFAS Live venue in Amsterdam, hosted by Cornald Maas and Marlayne, to over 4500 spectators.[5] Srbuk also performed at the Eurovision Pre-Party Madrid on 20 April. She also released a piano cover of "Walking Out" with acclaimed Armenian jazz musician Vahagn Hayrapetyan.

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 28 January 2019, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Armenia was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 16 May 2019, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[6]

Once all the competing songs for the 2019 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Armenia was set to perform in position 1, preceding the entry from Ireland.[7]

Semi-final[edit]

Armenia opened the second semi-final, preceding Ireland. At the end of the show, Armenia was not announced among the top 10 entries in the second semi-final and therefore failed to qualify to compete in the final. It was later revealed that Armenia placed sixteenth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 49 points: 23 points from the televoting and 26 points from the juries. With the old voting system, Armenia would have ranked 15th with 23 points.

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results will be released shortly after the grand final.[8]

Points awarded to Armenia[edit]

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

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Armenian jury:[8]

  • Ruben Shahinyan – Chairperson – music producer
  • Erik Karapetyan – singer, songwriter
  • Sona Rubenyan – singer, songwriter
  • Tigran Petrosyan – singer, composer
  • Amaliya Margaryan - singer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Armenia Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. ^ Kramer, Andrew E. (7 March 2012). "Armenians Are Shunning Song Contest in Azerbaijan". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  3. ^ García, Belén (30 November 2018). "Srbuk to represent Armenia at Eurovision 2019". esc-plus.com.
  4. ^ "Armenia opens song submissions for Srbuk's Eurovision 2019 adventure".
  5. ^ "This was Eurovision in Concert 2019 in Amsterdam". Eurovision.tv. 6 April 2019.
  6. ^ Jordan, Paul (28 January 2019). "Eurovision 2019: Which country takes part in which Semi-Final?". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Exclusive: This is the Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final running order!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  8. ^ a b Groot, Evert (30 April 2019). "Exclusive: They are the judges who will vote in Eurovision 2019!". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 April 2019.