It’s fair to say that the start of the Eurovision 2019 season has been a slow burner. No country has yet revealed which song or artist will represent them at the contest.
However, it looks like that could all be about to change. Armenia will reveal who will represent them in Tel Aviv on November 30. Yes, only two days away!
In a short statement on their Facebook page, the broadcaster confirmed the announcement will be made on the late-night talk show Lav Yereko. The show is set to be broadcast at 22:20 local time (19:20 CET).
Notably, the show is co-hosted by none other than Aram MP3, Armenia’s Eurovision 2014 representative. Could he be announcing his own return to the contest?
Armenia’s decision to select their artist internally means we lose another national final from the line-up. Depi Evratesil served at the country’s selection in both 2017 and 2018, albeit in very different formats across the two years.
There’s a chance that the results didn’t exactly justify the cost and time of putting the national final together, however.
In 2017, Artsvik’s “Fly With Me” finished a disappointing 18th in the Grand Final. A year later, Sevak Khanagyan recorded the country’s worst ever result, crashing out of the first semi-final in 15th place.
Another factor in the change may be due to changes at the top of Armenia’s delegation. David Tserunyan has moved up to replace long-time head of delegation Gohar Gasparyan – but will a new leader mean a different vision for Armenia’s act?
The country is still looking to break the top three at Eurovision itself, with Armenian acts finishing 4th on two occasions. In 2008, Sirusho gave us everything with the iconic “Qele Qele”; and again in 2014, with Aram’s “Not Alone”.
What do you think of Armenia’s decision to go internal again? Are you sad to see the end of Depi Evratesil? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.