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.”
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.