So for the first participation, Armenia selected André, who sang ‘Without Your Love’, André surprisingly qualified to the grand final, and he came 8th. Armenia confirmed for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, held in Helsinki, Armenia qualified directly to the final because the previous year André came 8th, Armenia selected Hayko, who sang ‘Anytime you Need’ and also came 8th. Armenia confirmed for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest held in Belgrade, they selected Sirusho who sand ‘Qele Qele’, and came 4th in the grand final, it’s Armenia’s best result so far.
AMPTV confirmed for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest held in Moscow, they selected the sisters Inga & Anush Arshakyan, and they sang ‘Jan Jan’, they came 10th, Armenia’s worst result in a grand final, in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest the postcards showed the most important buildings or monuments of each country, and Armenia’s postcard showed a monument called We Are Our Mountains so representatives from Azerbaijan, the host country of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, complained to the European Broadcasting Union about the use of We Are Our Mountains in the Armenian intro, since the country considers Nagorno-Karabakh a de jure part of Azerbaijan, in response to the complaint, the image was edited out of the video in the finals. However, Armenia would retaliate for the decision by including multiple images of the monument in its voting presentation—on a video screen in the background, and on the back of Sirusho’s clipboard.
AMPTV confirmed for the 2010 contest, and selected Eva Rivas with the song ‘Apricot Stone’ and came 7th in the grand final, Armenia’s second best result. AMPTV confirmed for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, and selected internally the Armenian pop icon Emmy Benjanyan and the Armenian public Selected ‘Boom Boom’ , Emmy failed to qualify and came 12th in the first semifinal.
When the EBU published the official list of the participating countries in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, Armenia appeared, and was later drawn in the Second Semifinal, but however on March 7th, AMPTV withdrew from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest and said that on February 24th, over twenty Armenian singers signed a petition asking AMPTV to withdraw from the contest. They cited the death of an Armenian soldier who was allegedly shot by an Azerbaijani sniper a few days earlier in the violated ceasefire as a reason for their “refusal to perform in the contest. However it was found that the Armenian soldier was shot by another Armenian soldier, but despite that, the Armenian singers claim that Armenia should not participate this year and that they would have called for the boycott of Eurovision in Baku even if the Armenian soldier had not been killed.
AMPTV said that it was no longer confident that the Azerbaijani authorities would carry out their promise to guarantee the security of the Armenian delegation after Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, in a speech given on 28 February 2012, had stated that Azerbaijan’s “main enemies are Armenians of the world”. They could not send participants to a country where they “will be greeted as an enemy”, AMPTV explained. The Contest Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand stated that EBU was “truly disappointed” with Armenia’s withdrawal, and that “despite the efforts of the EBU and the Host Broadcaster to ensure a smooth participation for the Armenian delegation in this year’s Contest, circumstances beyond our control lead to this unfortunate decision.
Here is a recap of all the Armenian entries, enjoy! let’s hope we see Armenia in 2013! 😀