What next for this year’s Eurovision entrants?

Armenia: Srbuk

by Christopher Smith

Armenia joined Eurovision in 2006 and had amassed seven top ten finishes since then. The country failed to qualify in 2018 with “Qami” sung by Sevak Khanagyan for only the second time, so this year’s entry, the powerful “Walking Out” by 25 year old Srbuhi Sargsyan, know by her stage name of Srbuk, should of put the country back in the running for a high finish. Shockingly, for a second year running, Armenia failed to win enough points to win through its group semi final, despite an almighty performance from Srbuk herself and much anticipation from many quarters that Armenia would do well with “Walking Out”.

Srbuk made her name when she finished second in the 2010 series of The X Factor in Armenia. She joined the band Allusion in 2012 and in 2014 she performed vocals on Papoyan’s single “Boat”. Two years later she finally released her debut single “Yete Karogh Es” (“If You Can”) and followed that with “Half A Goddess” in 2018 prior to being recruited to represent Armenia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. “Walking Out” was written by Armenian composer Garik Papoyan, who had previously written the country’s 2014 entry “Not Alone”, which finished fourth. Undeteered, Srbuk is playing live across Armenia this Summer and has a new single she is about to release that will feature in a new movie ‘Anhayt Bajanord’.

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