Armenia: 300 songs submitted for Srbuk
In November 2018, Armenia was the first out of 42 participating countries to announce their Eurovision 2019 participant. Today, MPTV, the Armenian national broadcaster, has revealed that around 300 songs were received for Srbuk, who was internally selected to fly the Armenian flag in Tel Aviv.
Different than in previous years, the Armenian broadcaster had announced an open call for song submissions back in November. The open call concluded on January 10, with around 300 submitted songs from songwriters both from Armenia and other countries, which now will be evaluated by an Armenian creative team. Out of these entries MPTV’s Eurovision team will select Srbuk’s entry for Tel Aviv.
The Armenian representative herself stated:
You can not imagine what kind of heartbeat and how impatiently I was waiting for your requests. And now I find it difficult to describe the words, how grateful I am to everyone that you have thought about me and my talk, to compose me. Of the hundreds of applications received, I have several favorite songs for which I have to make a choice. Our team needs some time to make the final decision and present the Eurovision Song to my beloved fans. I am very impatient, and I hope you too
Srbuk participated in various competitions and reached the final rounds of “The Voice Ukraine”. With hit singles like “Yete karogh”, which topped the Armenian charts for months in 2016, and “Half a Goddess” she is considered to be Armenia’s rising star.
With the exception of 2012, Armenia has competed every year in the contest since its debut at the Eurovision Song Contest 2004. In 2008 and 2014 the country achieved its best results at the Eurovision Song Contest when both Sirusho and Aram Mp3 finished 4th in the Grand Final. Different than this year’s approach, MPTV organised for the second time the national final “Depi Evratesil” in 2018. “Qami” by Sevak Khanagyan was selected as the winner. It finished 15th in the first semi-final of the Lisbon edition with 79 points and, hence, failed to qualify for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.