Armenia: Srbuk releases her Eurovision entry “Walking Out”
Armenian national broadcaster MPTV has released Srbuk’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. She will perform “Walking Out” in May, which was composed by Armenian music artists “Lost Capital” and “tokionine” with lyrics penned by Garik Papoyan, who also wrote Aram MP3’s “Not Alone” in 2014 for the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen.
Back in November 2018, Armenia was the first out of the 41 participating countries to announce their Eurovision 2019 participant and had announced an open call for song submissions, which concluded on January 10 with around 300 submitted songs from songwriters both from Armenia and other countries. Out of these submitted entries MPTV’s Eurovision team chose “Walking Out” as Srbuk’s Eurovision entry in Tel Aviv.
Srbuk commented on her Eurovision entry expressing her feelings and enthusiasm:
When I first heard the melody, visions flashed before my eyes. Events that haven’t yet become memories… I realized that this fight and the collapse of the emotions inside me have to be reflected in my song. I want to tell myself and everybody else: Don’t kill love, but don’t let it kill you!
Armenia’s representative 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 and among the most influential and popular artists in Armenia these days.
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.