We’re back to the Caucasus nations today for Armenia. They had a rare non-qualification last year and their worst ever result to date. So they switched back to an internal selection after their national final in 2018 and have internally selected Srbuk. It’s Armenia’s thirteenth appearance at the contest this year but will it be a return to better luck or another unlucky one?
In an almost neat book ended way, Armenia were the first country to announce their artist but (almost) the last to release their song. Srbuk is, like many contestants these days, a veteran of the reality singing show series, having competed in the Armenian X Factor as well as The Voice of Ukraine so she is well versed in performing live to a big audience.
“Walking Out” itself takes this year’s award for having the feel or more than one song within the same song – especially from around the 2 minute mark, and generally that’s the stronger part of the song I think. It’s seemingly quite popular among the fandom, and while I appreciate it, I think I might be missing something as I can’t quite seem to connect/remember this as well as some of the other songs.
Notwithstanding last year’s disappointment, Armenia have a very good track record at Eurovision and almost always bring very good staging and direction (camera cuts, angles etc.) which often elevates their entries. (Also the music video looks expensive which suggests the staging will be impressive). They have been handed the opening slot in semi-final 2 which generally means the show producers have confidence that it will be a visually strong performance. While they are lacking in some of their reliable votegivers, I think this is more likely to go through to the final than not.
Official music video:
Live at Eurovision in Concert, Amsterdam
My preview video:
Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
First entered: 2006
Appearances (excluding this year): 12
Best result: 4th in 2008 and 2014
Last year’s result: 15th in semi-final (did not qualify)