And then there was one! Armenia are the first nation to reveal their act for Eurovision 2019! The announcement was made by the Armenian national broadcaster AMPTV earlier this evening (Friday 30th November) on late night chat show ‘Lav Yereko’. Srbuk will represent Armenia when they travel to Tel Aviv in May for the Contest.
In 2019, the country have opted for an internal selection process, moving away from their selection show Depi Evratesil which has served them well for the past two years and gave them Artsvik and Sevak Khanagyan who finished 17th and failed to qualify respectively. The decision is also a little earlier than normal, as in previous years they have waited until January/February to reveal their artist.
Srbuk (full name Srbuhi Sargsyan) was the runner up X-Factor Armenia season 1. She was mentored on show by Garik Papoyan (the writer of Aram MP3’s Eurovision song ‘You’re Not Alone’ and co-host of Lav Yereko the show used to announce her as the Armenian Eurovision pick for 2019). Since her X-Factor days, she has become one of the most popular musical acts in the Armenia. Her recent hits have included the songs ‘Yete Karogh Es’, ‘Let Me Down’, ‘Half a Goddess’ and a collaboration with Papoyan on the song ‘Boat’. In this time she has developed her own unique artistic style, drawing from her influences which encompassed a wide range of musical styles and heroes. She cites artists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Michael Jackson as her biggest musical influences.
The song has yet to be chosen. The broadcaster are accepting submissions up until 10 January. They will then make their choice and reveal it to the public in due course.
Armenia are still chasing their first ever Eurovision win. The closest they’ve come in recent years has been with Iveta Mukuchyan’s ‘Lovewave’ in 2016 (7th) and Aram MP3’s ‘You’re Not Alone’ in 2014 (4th).