Armenia have a strong track record at Eurovision. Since first competing in 2006, they have managed to qualify for the final every year except in 2011. They have six top ten finishes and their best result is fourth in 2008 with ‘Qele Qele’ by Sirusho and again in 2014 when Aram MP3 lost out to Conchita with ‘Not Alone’, despite being an early favourite. Last year saw Armenia form a supergroup from Armenian Diaspora all over the world called Genealogy. ‘Face the Shadow’ however only managed to score 34 points and finished in 16th place.
Cyprus have competed in Eurovision 32 times since they debuted in 1981 with Island. Since then Cyprus’s best result has been fifth place on three occasions with Anna Vissi in 1982, Hara & Andreas Constantinou in 1997 and in 2004 with Lisa Andreas. More recently Cyprus hasn’t fared as well, failing to qualify from the semi final stage on six occasions out of their last ten attempts. Last year’s entry saw Giannis Karagiannis finish in 22nd place with his song ‘One Thing I Should Have Done’.
The Netherlands were one of the first countries to announce their act for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. It was chosen by an internal selection process which saw folk-country singer-song writer Douwe Bob as their pick. Read on to find out a bit more about Douwe Bob who celebrates his 23rd birthday today! Happy Birthday!