Rotterdam 2020

🇦🇲 Armenia: Athena Manoukian has won Depi Evratesil!

Armenia have selected their artist for Rotterdam!

Tonight the final of Depi Evratesil took place and Armenia has chosen that Athena Manoukian will fly the Armenian colours all the way to Rotterdam. Depi Evratesil is a National Final that was organised by ARMTV, the Armenian broadcaster responsible for the Armenian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest. She had previously announced her interest in competing at Eurovision for either Armenia or Greece via her Instagram.

Who was in the running?

The running order for tonight’s show was the following.

  1. Agop – Butterflies
  2. Karina EVN – Why?
  3. Hayk Music – What It Is To Be In Love
  4. Erna Tamazyan – Life Faces
  5. Eva Rida – No Love
  6. Athena Manukyan – Chains On You
  7. Gabriel Jegg – It’s Your Turn
  8. Sergey and Nikolay Harutyunov – Ha, Take a Step
  9. Miriam Baghdsaryan – Run Away
  10. Vladimir Arzumanyan – What’s Going On Mama?
  11. Arthur Aleq – Heaven
  12. Tokionine – Save Me

How the winner was chosen.

The voting was done in three categories and they were:

  • 33% International Jury.
  • 33% Armenian Jury
  • 33% Televote

And here are the full results of the final, with Athena scoring a clear win over ERNA:

PlaceArtistSongInternational
Jury
Armenian
Jury
TelevoteTotal
1Athena Manoukian“Chains On You”605850168
2ERNA“Life Faces”343155120
3Vladimir Arzumanyan“What’s Going On Mama”273160118
4Miriam Baghdasaryan“Run Away”334035108
5Gabriel Jeeg“It’s Your Turn”39204099
6TOKIONINE“Save Me”28383096
7Sergey & Nikolay Harutyunov“Ha, Take a Step”15364596
8EVA Rida“No Love”4039584
9Karina EVN“Why?”30292584
10Agop“Butterflies”27331575
11Arthur Aleq“Heaven”30152065
12Hayk Music“What It Is To Be In Love”27201057

You can watch her winning performance below!

Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest

Armenia debuted at the contest back in 2006 with “Without Your Love” by André. They were the first Caucasus nation to compete at the contest, followed by Georgia (2007) and Azerbaijan (2008). Armenia started strong, achieving five consecutive top 10 finishes between 2006 and 2010. Although intending to participate in 2012, they eventually withdrew due to security concerns around the contest being hosted in neighbouring Azerbaijan. 

Armenia has yet to win the contest despite a strong history of results. To date, their best result has been two 4th place finishes. The first was achieved by Sirusho’s “Qélé, Qélé” in 2008, followed by Aram MP3’s “Not Alone” in 2014. However, the country has struggled to retain their strong record in recent years. They have now failed to reach the final on three occasions (2011, 2018 and 2019).

In 2019, Armenia was represented by Srbuk with the song “Walking Out”, finishing 16th in the semi final with 49 points. This is now the country’s worst result at the contest to date. Can Armenia return to its former glory? We hope so!

Did Armenia make the right decision? Are you happy to see Depi Evratesil back? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! Also, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our reactions to the news in the run up to Rotterdam!

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