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.
- Agop – Butterflies
- Karina EVN – Why?
- Hayk Music – What It Is To Be In Love
- Erna Tamazyan – Life Faces
- Eva Rida – No Love
- Athena Manukyan – Chains On You
- Gabriel Jegg – It’s Your Turn
- Sergey and Nikolay Harutyunov – Ha, Take a Step
- Miriam Baghdsaryan – Run Away
- Vladimir Arzumanyan – What’s Going On Mama?
- Arthur Aleq – Heaven
- 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:
|1||Athena Manoukian||“Chains On You”||60||58||50||168|
|3||Vladimir Arzumanyan||“What’s Going On Mama”||27||31||60||118|
|4||Miriam Baghdasaryan||“Run Away”||33||40||35||108|
|5||Gabriel Jeeg||“It’s Your Turn”||39||20||40||99|
|7||Sergey & Nikolay Harutyunov||“Ha, Take a Step”||15||36||45||96|
|8||EVA Rida||“No Love”||40||39||5||84|
|12||Hayk Music||“What It Is To Be In Love”||27||20||10||57|
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!
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