Back in November, Armenia internally selected their artist for Eurovision 2019. The artist chosen was former X-Factor Armenia runner-up Srbuk. We’ve had to wait over three months to hear the song Srbuk will sing in Tel Aviv but the wait is finally over. She has now released “Walking Out” as her Eurovision entry.

“Walking Out” — Srbuk

“Walking Out” is packed with loud percussion, as the teaser suggested. Srbuk works through two edgy verses before letting her killer vocals shine in the last minute of the song. The music video is largely monochrome, with Srbuk being shoved around by all the men she is surrounded by. She isn’t taking it though — she fights back and she is walking out and defending her crown.

In an official press release Srbuk discussed the song. She said, “When I first heard the melody, visions flashed before my eyes. Events that haven’t yet become memories… I realised 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.”

“We wanted to visually portray the emotions within a loving but betrayed heart. When you think you will be filled with joy, but instead there is not enough air to breathe. When you want to share your happiness, but instead you start loosing yourself: your hands are tied, your emotions are overwhelming, you keep pretending just to keep your love alive. But what are you waiting for? How long can you play by these rules? These are the questions and emotions visualised in the music video.”

About Srbuk

Srbuhi “Srbuk” Sargsyan was on our minds long before her announcement as the Armenian representative. Back in 2017, Srbuk was our pick for Armenia on our Wednesday Wishlist. She burst onto the scene with her debut single “Yete Karogh Es” (“If You Can”), complete with a nostalgic music video.

That wasn’t the start of Srbuk’s music career, however. She got her start on the first season of The X-Factor Armenia in 2010, finishing second. On that show, she was mentored by Garik Papoyan — a man with Eurovision experience of his own, as the co-writer of Armenia’s 2014 entry “Not Alone“.

Following The X-Factor, she formed a band called Allusion. This would take her through until 2016, when she released “Yete Karogh Es” as her debut solo single. That was followed by an appearance on The Voice of Ukraine in 2018, where she placed fourth. Srbuk is no stranger to music competitions — valuable experience she will take to Tel Aviv.

In November 2018, she released her second single “Half a Goddess“, just days before Armenia unveiled her as their representative for Eurovision 2019. The richly produced number was a promising sign of what Armenia may bring to Eurovision this year.

What do you think of Srbuk’s song? Is Srbuk walking on water or walking out of the semi-finals? Can Armenia get back to the grand final with this effort? Let us know in the comments below.

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Issy
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Issy

1st listen, thought it was okay, 2nd listen and I’m in love. I think with some good staging this could be the dark horse of this year! The chorus is so powerful to me in a non cliche way

Yerevan is calling
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Yerevan is calling

Srbuk had much better songs than this one but still what she offers is done with taste, quality and it is contemporary. I think Armenian team put the accent on jurors and song itself also is made to demonstrate Srbuk’s appealing vocals . If jurors swallow the pill prepared for them in Armenia, Srbuk won’t have huge troubles with televotes. I see this atleast in top 10 if live rendition will be on the level of Armenia 2016.

Yerevan is calling
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Yerevan is calling

Btw Srbuk’s best song is not “Half Goddess ” nor “Yete karogh es”. Her best song so far is “Boat” . I’d advise to check it

VIENNESE
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VIENNESE

Agree!!!!

Eurovision fan since 2014
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Eurovision fan since 2014

I expected some kind of banger with ethno influenced elements but this is way more awesome! If she can nail those vocals in May, she will conquer my heart

Sasha
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Sasha

It’s a good entry, I think it can qualify. Seems like we have some good bops this year, including Cyprus Armenia Switzerland and Azerbaijan

Nicolas
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Nicolas

This song has a huge potential to sound and look great on the stage. The performance will elevate it.

AngieP
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AngieP

Another great music video! I love the beginning and the verses, she has attitude and power. Though the chorus is little underwhelming to me, overall it’s a really good entry for Armenia.

Ffs
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Ffs

Another good song. Catchy and contemporary! Good luck , Armenia !

willchrisiam
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willchrisiam

Quite a nice song, I just wish the key change felt more organic. The worst part for me is that I can’t understand half of what she’s saying. Sadly, it’s bound to finish lower that that overrated Cypriot recyclable.

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Another very western-type competent pop song, but the singer has to do something special for it to stand out this year. Again, a shame that Armenia went again to the easy way out, but then again, many others do, so it’s legit (a pitty though for diversity).

Yerevan is calling
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Yerevan is calling

What we mean saying “Armenia went again…”. Lasr year we sent a ballad in Armenian, before that in 2017 we sent contemporary mystic middle tempo stuff, in 2016 we sent a a bomb, let’s forget about 2015, in 2016 there was a modern ballad. Looking back we may say Armenia is doing experiments year after year..

Shanfa Chai
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Shanfa Chai

This is basically a song made for performance. I expected a bop like “Half A Goddess” or “Yete Karogh Es”.

Not bad though. The song just didn’t meet my expectation.

esc stan
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esc stan

Tbh this is warming up to me, I think last night I was just too emotional because I was expecting a BOP so I overlooked the quality of the song. I think this is a solid entry. 🙂

Random biased viewer
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Random biased viewer

Nice voice, boring song

srulik
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srulik

Armenia sends a very good song, catchy but not cheesy and she has a very good voice. Good luck armenia

TheObserver
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TheObserver

Should not have a problem reaching the final. The song is strong vocally and has a good power beat to it. Question is how it will be staged and if she has the same power voice LIVE. Final at minimum and i would place it between 10-20 spot

I am Thor, I am Thor
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I am Thor, I am Thor

It is similar to Artsvik’s style (maybe Genealogy too) where the song is like a story telling. Just loving that attitude and edge.

Denis
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Denis

The staging will elevate this. The song is OK but nothing special.

Héctor
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Héctor

Another top quality modern pop song to the bunch. As for the song, I like it, but it doesn’t make me feel anything at all. Also the key change is way too obvious. This is going to be a battle to try to outstand amongst the untempo and the “modern pop” groups, the strongest in my opinion. Out of curiosity, I’ve made a table dividing all the songs into 5 groups: untempo, modern pop, ballads, atmosferical and uniques. This are my thoughts on what songs I think will outstand in each group and therefore making an impact in the audience… Read more »

Loin dici
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Loin dici

I’ll definitely put Austria on “Atmospheric”, and Malta and Norway in the “Uptempo” section.

Héctor
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Héctor

Yeah, Austria is an atmospheric song for me, though I’m not that sure it will outstand. I like it, so I hope it qualifies. About Norway and Malta, I had those doubts but could be perfectly in the group you said. I put Norway in “uniques” because of the Sami factor.

Dalth
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Dalth

This is all right not the most instant of songs but think it will be a grower after a few listens.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

The song is great, and I believe she can bring the same energy on the stage. Yet, I’m really, really worried about her English pronounciation, since it can possibly turn into gibberish when it hits the stage.

Ted
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Ted

That impressive big note towards the end is this songs saving grace. otherwise the song is just meh.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I actually really like it. It’s not trying too hard but I definitely enjoy it whilst listening to it. With the right staging, Armenia will be alright.

Deerlover
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Deerlover

Deerlover does not like this song unfortunately.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

This is actually pretty good, but when I compare it to “Yete Karogh Es” and “Half a Goddess” I can’t help but feel Armenia is losing a big opportunity, because they could be sending something that’s not only good, but also memorable and addictive. Now they’ll join Sweden and Russia on the group with competent calculated tracks that will rely on great staging to reach the next level. Anyway, the sassiness is still there, I like the pace on the verses and how the pre-chorus and the bridge add a new layer to it. It will grow on me.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

However, a “competent calculated” and well-staged act could win ESC this year, taking into account that Europe may not be feeling receptive to so many slow songs.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Without a doubt. Especially in a year where the jury and the televote could go very different ways and have so many nice distractions to deal with.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Armenia is always in my top 15, and this is very slick as well. Stunning choreo and music with some interesting high notes in there. 🙂
But I will need to discuss Israel’s entry soon. I just heard Kobi’s vocal on “Home” and he gave me tears – that’s a sign.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

I will never understand why liking a song gets me downvoted. Must be a mistake.

Colin
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Colin

Last two days, downvoting trolls have plagued the site. Not implying that disliking a comment makes one a troll, but almost any comment about liking a song (any song) gets multiple times downvoted. That’s a clear sign of someone messing around. Check Swedish, Russian and Romanian threads.

Kirby
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Kirby

So if I say that I don’t like the Dutch entry , will I be upvoted?

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I’ve also noticed some troll movement in some posts (I would add the Greek song one to your list, Colin). But the issue about downvoting is much more complex. And it’s not a problem just here, it’s a problem in a world where social networks divided everything between “liking” and “unliking”. There are people that downvote simply when they disagree. I trust they’re not trying to be harmful, but when they do that, they diminish the power of downvoting comments that are toxic, aggressive, intolerant, etc.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

My comment about the Macedonian entry got downvoted like crazy and I don’t know why. That was weird, since I actually love the song.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Of the songs this morning, Kobi’s is the one that I immediately had to listen to again. It’s not perfect but parts of it are simply stunning. Love how much Israel have gone for this!

Jakub
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Jakub

Really disappointing…. I mean it’s not bad but I expected much more from Armenia and Srbuk.

MyEuroVision
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MyEuroVision

I love this!! I don’t exactly know why but I do!
Well, all songs are in and I have to say there are some really great songs in the latest released songs. 2019 won’t be the bad year as expected a view weeks ago. 🙂

My top at the moment:
1. Netherlands
2. Switzerland
3. Armenia
4. Malta
5. Sweden
6. Italy
7. Greece
8. Russia
9. Belgium
10. Azerbaijan
11. Cyprus
12. Norway
13. Spain
14. UK
15. Austria
16. Portugal
17. Slovenia
18. Hungary
19. France
20. Germany
21. Denmark
22. Estonia
23. Serbia
24. Latvia
25. Ireland
26. Romania
27. San Marino
28. Lithuania
29. Albania
30. Australia
31. Finland
32. North Macedonia
33. Moldova
34. Montenegro
35. Israel
36. Belarus
37. Czech Republic
38. Poland
39. Croatia
40. Iceland
41. Georgia

Whisker
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Whisker

I love your screen name.

My top 10 is currently:

1.Romania
2.Israel
3.Norway
4.Armenia
5.Azerbaijan
6.Denmark
7.Austria
8.Hungary
9.Italy
10.Belgium

Sweden would have been there with Norrsken, really high.

Albanian
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Albanian

The revamped version of Albania is out.

Jo.
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Jo.

Love it, it’s in my Top 5.

Anna
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Anna

I think this is one of the best revamps ever from Albania

Colin
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Colin

Wonderful revamp. First song to be released and still one of the strongest!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Where can I listen to it?

Anna
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Anna
Colin
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Colin

There are a few versions of official video on YT, but as I guess they were filmed from the Tv, the sound could be clearer. I guess the *official* copy will be out soon.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask
Sabrina
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Sabrina

Thank y’all! I’ll have to listen to it again later, the sound is not that good and I would like to compare it to the original to say if I like the revamp. But it’s clear they haven’t messed it up, so I’m already relieved.

KarWorld
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KarWorld

Wow! I like it! It’s growing on me and I think it might even end in the top ten. Good luck!

Anna
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Anna

My prediction for Sf2 (in alphabetical order, for each half):
1. Armenia
2.Romania
3.Sweden
4.Switzerland
5.Albania
6.Azerbaijan
7.Malta
8.Netherlands
9.Norway
10.Russia

The most unlikely to qualify for me are : Latvia, Moldova, Croatia and N.Macedonia

Anna
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Anna

The downvoting is going strongly, I see.

Azuro
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Azuro

With Ukraine

1 (=) Ukraine
2 (=) Cyprus
3 (1) France
4 (N) San Marino
5 (N) Malta
6 (-3) Norway
7 (-2) Spain
8 (1) Iceland
9 (N) Switzerland
10 (N) Russia

11 (N) Belarus
12 (-1) Australia
13 (-5) Estonia
14 (-7) United Kingdom
15 (-9) Croatia
16 (-3) Italy
17 (-7) Lithuania
18 (-4) Czech Republic
19 (N) Ireland
20 (N) Sweden

21 (-6) Romania
22 (N) North Macedonia
23 (-7) Latvia
24 (N) Azerbaijan
25 (-13) Finland
26 (N) Netherlands
27 (-8) Serbia
28 (-8) Belgium
29 (-11) Albania
30 (-13) Georgia

31 (N) Poland
32 (N) Greece
33 (-12) Denmark
34 (N) Austria
35 (-11) Germany
36 (-14) Moldova
37 (N) Armenia
38 (-15) Montenegro
39 (-14) Slovenia
40 (-14) Hungary

41 (N) Israel
42 (-15) Portugal

esc stan
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esc stan

I was expecting a BOP… 🙁

NickC
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NickC

Very modern, very contemporary, very gripping, very arresting. Good job, Armenia. This is also a top 5 contender.

Azuro
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Azuro

1 (+1) Cyprus
2 (+2) France
3 (N) San Marino
4 (N) Malta
5 (-2) Norway
6 (-1) Spain
7 (+2) Iceland
8 (N) Switzerland
9 (N) Russia
10 (N) Belarus

11 (=) Australia
12 (-4) Estonia
13 (-6) United Kingdom
14 (-8) Croatia
15 (-2) Italy
16 (-6) Lithuania
17 (-3) Czech Republic
18 (N) Ireland
19 (N) Sweden
20 (-5) Romania

21 (N) North Macedonia
22 (-6) Latvia
23 (N) Azerbaijan
24 (-12) Finland
25 (N) Netherlands
26 (-7) Serbia
27 (-7) Belgium
28 (-10) Albania
29 (-12) Georgia
30 (N) Poland

31 (N) Greece
32 (-11) Denmark
33 (N) Austria
34 (-10) Germany
35 (-13) Moldova
36 (N) Armenia
37 (-14) Montenegro
38 (-13) Slovenia
39 (-13) Hungary
40 (N) Israel
41 (-14) Portugal

Darren
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Darren

Typical Armenian Eurovision song.
“All fur coat and no knickers!”, as they say.
Jazzy and glitzy on the outside, shallow on the inside.

On the radio I wouldnt listen to this, but we all know when it comes to staging/performance, it will probably blow everyone away. It’s the trick card Armenia has been playing (and getting away with) for years.
Dodgy song lyrics, hyped up by pyrotechnics, colour and a sexy woman.

pastel de nata
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pastel de nata

“Fur coat and no knickers”, lol, that’s hillarious. 😀

PP77
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PP77

My prediction TOP 10 2nd semi
1.NET
2.SWE
3.SWI
4.RUS
5.NOR
6.ROM
7.DEN
8.LIT
9.AZE
10.IRE

11.MAL

My prediction TOP 10 1st semi
1.BEL
2.POR
3.ICE
4.GRE
5.CYP
6.SLO
7.AUS
8.EST
9.HUN
10.CZE

11.SRB

Darren
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Darren

Nice top 10 for Semi 2. I’d say Malta or Austria will sneak in instead of Ireland though.
As much as I’d love Ireland to qualify, it probably won’t.

PP77
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PP77

I think Denmark in first, Ireland in second will be pushed by juries in final (like Austria and Denmark in 2017 in semi), prediction for both, from 0 to 20 pts with televote, and from 90 to 100 pts from juries.

pastel de nata
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pastel de nata

No Austria, sorry, Poland instead.

Anna
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Anna

No way Ireland or Lithuania are qualifying over Albania.

PP77
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PP77

Ireland will push in final by juries. Lithuania have Latvia,Ireland,UK in semi, plus have pop song sound simillar like nordic pop song (Norway,Sweden in their semi), they have few countries from ex Soviet Union in semi (Russia,Azerbaijan,Armenia,Moldova),and they have good looking singer.Albania can count to 24 pts from Macedonia,Azerbaijan,plus points from televote in Austria,Switzerland,Germany,Croatia

BOMBO FUEGO TEMPO
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BOMBO FUEGO TEMPO

Srbuk from Srbija

DripDrop
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DripDrop

Am I the only one who thinks SF1 is stronger that SF2? Personal prediction :
SF1 qualifiers :
Certain: Cyprus, Portugal, Greece, Iceland, Australia
Possible: Belgium, Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Finland, Estonia
Few chances : Serbia, Belarus
No way: Czech Republic, Montenegro, Georgia, San Marino

SF2 qualifiers:
Certain: Sweden, Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Norway
Possible: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Romania, Malta
Few chances: Albania, Austria, Denmark, Ireland
No way: Croatia, Latvia, Moldova, Lithuania, North Macedonia

Katariina
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Katariina

Disagree a lot about semi 1, Belarus, Czech Republic, and Serbia all have better chances than Finland and Estonia

KESC
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KESC

North Macedonia no chance? Is it that bad? I have a feeling that they will qualify this year, unless they ruin the song with the staging again.

DripDrop
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DripDrop

Katariina I think Finland and Estonia have higher chances because we’ve already seen their stagings and they’re pretty memorable. Belarus and Czech Republic also have a chance but I think juries will kill them
KESC, North Macedonia has a good song but not memorable and I dont expect amazing staging… cant imagine a lot of people picking up their phone for this

Tom
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Tom

When jury not killed Belgium in 2016 they will not Czech this year

Jo.
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Jo.

SF1
Sure: Cyprus, Portugal, Iceland
Likely: Belgium, Hungary, Greece, Australia
50/50: Czech Republic, Serbia, Finland, Slovenia, Poland
Unlikely: Estonia, San Marino, Belarus
Out: Georgia, Montenegro

SF2:
Sure: Sweden, Russia, Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Azerbaijan, Armenia
Likely: Lithuania, Albania
50/50: Romania, Malta, Ireland
Unlikely: Latvia, North Macedonia, Denmark, Austria
Out: Moldova, Croatia

Skiwalko
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You forgot Poland and Austria.

Jo.
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Jo.

Fixed it, thanks!

eurovision6
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eurovision6

One of my absolute favourites this year, well done Armenia!

Comeee
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Comeee

That key change took me to heaven?
Guess I found my winner?

Jack
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Jack

I am so afraid That the winners of televoting and of the juries will be different and a random generic song will win……

Rashad
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Rashad

I mean I like it, but also not. It’s contemporary which I’m glad for but not catchy at all. It’s such a messy song that you can’t focus. Sounds like one of those songs that artists put on their album just to fill it.
Armenia has a habit of sending the same kind of artists over the years. But she is different and I like her. Being honest, kinda disappointed.
I don’t have a concrete winner this year. Sergey was a disappointment too. Now all depend on the stage performances.
Good luck Armenia.

Pok
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Pok

You got the point. There’s no memorable hook here.

KarWorld
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KarWorld

Like it! But another genetic pop song in English. ESC is sadly becoming a globalized pop contest without European flavour. I’m missing genuine songs and cultural diversity even though I enjoy many of these generic songs.

David
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David

Disappointed….not memorable and it feels messy like clip and song,i expected more from Armenia!

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Jesus you fans are so stupid. Calling Sweden and Russia generic and this Ethnic. You make me laugh. haha

ASC
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ASC

Srbuk’s song actually has ethnic vibes though. Somebody in the comments below pointed out that a ‘qanon’, which is an ancient Armenian instrument ( in their words), is used in some parts of the song.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

In that case im Jesus Christ.

KarWorld
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KarWorld

You can hear it slightly in the background. But this doesn’t keep it from being generic, sorry. But I like it. Directly in my top 10.

Leo M
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Leo M

Meh. Borderline qualifier

Ani
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Why is everyone saying its not ethnic? If you listen closely you can hear ethnic armenian sounds in it

Whisker
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Whisker

Probably some people are not familiar with ethnic Armenian sounds, that includes me. I still love the song and I’m happy to be able to learn about something new. Can I say again I love the song? It’s in my top 5.

Currikitaum
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Currikitaum

I expected so much more 🙁 This sounds average and bland…She’s capable of so much more, probably one of the most talented performers this year and yet she won’t be able to show it with a proper BOP.
Disappointed AND suprised.

Art
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Art

I guess I actually heard some national motives – there is a ‘qanon’ in some parts of the song, an ancient Armenian string instrument

Ani
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same i knew it!

DavidR
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DavidR

Just because Armenians use it, it doesn’t mean it belongs to them. “Qanun” is Middle Eastern and it’s mostly used in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia and of course in Arabic countries.

Ani
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Love this! Love that she went this style rather than another fuego type song people expected from her. Top 5 for sure.

aroncido
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aroncido

It’s so funny that literally every song is compared to Fuego this year :DD

Whisker
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Whisker

Only two of them?

Tasha
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Tasha

oh this is actually good, i like it , think she will qualify and ends sup in top 15 for sure.
good luck Armenia!