Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Armenia
Armenia
Member station Public Television Company of Armenia (AMPTV)
National selection events
National final
Internal selection
  • 2006
  • 2014–2016
  • 2019
Participation summary
Appearances 13 (10 finals)
First appearance 2006
Last appearance 2019
Best result 4th: 2008, 2014
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 2020

Armenia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 13 times since making its debut in 2006, when André became the first participant representing Armenia and was the first singer from the Caucasus region to compete at Eurovision. 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 host city, Baku. In 2018 and 2019, Armenia consecutively failed to qualify from the semi-finals for the second and third time respectively.

History

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-final. 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 in the host city, Baku.[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 13 contests, failing to advance to the final for the second time in 2018, finishing 15th in the first semi-final. In 2019, they failed to qualify for a third time, placing 16th in the second semi-final. This is Armenia's worst result in the contest to date. Armenia had orginally planned to participate in the 2021 contest, but ultimately withdrew due to social and political crises in the aftermath of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.[3]

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

Table key
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Second place
X
Entry selected but did not compete
Year Artist Title Language Final Points Semi Points
André "Without Your Love" English 8 129 6 150
Hayko "Anytime You Need" English, Armenian 8 138 Top 10 previous year[a]
Sirusho "Qélé, Qélé" (Քելե, Քելե) English, Armenian 4 199 2 139
Inga and Anush "Jan Jan" (Ջան Ջան) English, Armenian 10 92 5 99
Eva Rivas "Apricot Stone" English 7 141 6 83
Emmy "Boom Boom" English Failed to qualify 12 54
Dorians "Lonely Planet" English 18 41 7 69
Aram Mp3 "Not Alone" English 4 174 4 121
Genealogy "Face the Shadow" English 16 34 7 77
Iveta Mukuchyan "LoveWave" English 7 249 2 243
Artsvik "Fly with Me" English 18 79 7 152
Sevak Khanagyan "Qami" (Քամի) Armenian Failed to qualify 15 79
Srbuk "Walking Out" English 16 49
Athena Manoukian "Chains on You" English Contest cancelled[b] X

Awards

Marcel Bezençon Awards

Year Host city Category Song Performer(s) Composer(s) Final Points Ref.
2008 Serbia Belgrade Fan Award "Qélé, Qélé" Sirusho H.A. Der-Hovagimian, Sirusho 4 199
[4]

Related involvement

Heads of delegation

Year Head of delegation Ref.
20062010 Diana Mnatsakanyan
20112018 Gohar Gasparyan
2019 David Tserunyan and Anush Ter-Ghukasyan

Commentators and spokespersons

Year Commentator Dual commentator Spokesperson Ref.
2006 Gohar Gasparyan Felix Khachatryan Gohar Gasparyan
2007 N/A Sirusho
2008 Felix Khachatryan Hrachuhi Utmazyan Hrachuhi Utmazyan
2009 Khoren Levonyan N/A Sirusho
2010 Hrachuhi Utmazyan Nazeni Hovhannisyan
2011 Artak Vardanyan N/A Lusine Tovmasyan
2012 Gohar Gasparyan Artur Grigoryan Did not participate
2013 André (semi-finals),
Erik Antaranyan (final)
Arevik Udumyan (semi-finals),
Anna Avanesyan (final)
André
2014 Erik Antaranyan (semi-finals),
Tigran Danielyan (final)
Anna Avanesyan (semi-finals),
Arevik Udumyan (final)
Anna Avanesyan
2015 Erik Antaranyan (semi-final 1),
Vahe Khanamiryan (semi-final 2),
Avet Barseghyan (final)
Aram Mp3 (semi-final 1),
Hermine Stepanyan (semi-final 2),
Arevik Udumyan (final)
Lilit Muradyan
2016 Avet Barseghyan N/A Arman Margaryan
2017 Gohar Gasparyan Iveta Mukuchyan
2018 Felix Khachatryan Arsen Grigoryan
2019 Aram Mp3 Aram Mp3

Photogallery

See also

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