The 2020s are fast approaching. But when it comes to Eurovision the decade has already ended. What a glorious ten years it’s been! And Armenia has been there for almost all of them.
It missed the contest just once this decade. In 2012, it withdrew due to safety concerns when the contest was hosted in Azerbaijan. The two nations have no diplomatic relations and conflict between both is ongoing.
Overall, Armenia’s qualification rate in the 2010s is 66.67%. With a record like that, it’s clear that the country has had plenty of Eurovision highs along with some lows. But which of its entries did best and which did worst? Wonder no more as we’ve compiled a definitive ranking of Armenia’s Eurovision entries in the 2010s.
For the purposes of this ranking, we’re going off the percentage of maximum possible points which each entry received at Eurovision.
For example, a finalist in 2019 could only receive a maximum of 960 points i.e. 24 points from each of the other 40 countries voting. If an act finished with 200 points, they would have received 20.83% of the points available to them.
This is not to be confused with the percentage of all votes cast.
9. Srbuk “Walking Out” (2019)
Result: 16th in semi-final with 49 points — 10.21% of maximum possible points
The closing contest of the decade saw Armenia return to an internal selection. In November 2018, X Factor Armenia and The Voice Ukraine alum Srbuk became the first artist to be announced for Eurovision 2019. But fans had to wait until the day before the submission deadline to hear her entry, “Walking Out”. Alas, just as the Expo Tel Aviv crowd disappeared mid-performance, so too did support for the song. Srbuk finished third from bottom, ahead only of Austria’s PAENDA and Ireland’s Sarah McTernan.
8. Sevak Khanagyan “Qami” (2018)
Result: 15th in semi-final with 79 points — 15.67% of maximum possible points
The second season of Depi Evratesil saw Armenia return to a more traditional national selection format — 20 acts competed, each with their own songs. From this, Sevak Khanagyan emerged the runaway victor with “Qami”. The entry was significant since it was the first time that Armenia had sent a song entirely in Armenian. However, the dark and brooding number was left behind in a semi-final that has been billed as one of the toughest ever.
7. Emmy “Boom Boom” (2011)
Result: 12th in semi-final with 54 points — 22.50% of maximum possible points
Up to 2011, Armenia had never finished outside of the top ten. But the streak came to a abrupt end in Düsseldorf when the country missed out on the final completely. The 2007 and 2010 national finalist Emmy had been internally selected. Her entry “Boom Boom” was chosen in a four-song national final. Yet, despite its central hook of “Boom Boom, Chaka Chaka” and bizarre boxing-themed staging, “Boom Boom” came extremely close to qualifying. Switzerland’s Anna Rossinelli took the last qualification slot with 55 points, just one point more than both Emmy and Malta’s Glen Vella. Eurovision’s tie break rules awarded Vella the eleventh place spot.
6. Genealogy “Face The Shadow” (2015)
Result: 16th in the grand final with 34 points — 7.26% of maximum possible points
One hundred years after the Armenian Genocide, Armenia sent Genealogy — an internally selected supergroup representing the nation’s global diaspora. They were Essaï Altounian (Europe), Tamar Kaprelian (the Americas), Vahe Tilbian (Africa), Stephanie Topalian (Asia), Mary-Jean O’Doherty (Australia), and Inga Arshakyan (Armenia). Inga had previously competed at Eurovision with her sister Anush in 2009. Despite the historic centenary, the anniversary was never officially cited as the reason behind the group’s creation. But amid allegations of political themes, the song title was switched from “Don’t Deny” to “Face The Shadow”. Even with the diasporic call out, the entry only managed to amass 34 points from eight countries, including 12 points from Georgia.
5. Artsvik “Fly With Me” (2017)
Result: 18th in the grand final with 79 points — 8.03% of maximum possible points
Unlike the 2018 edition, the first season of Depi Evratesil was only concerned with selecting an aritist for Eurovision. In a format closely resembling The Voice, hopefuls auditioned before a panel of six song contest veterans. The TV broadcasts began on 1 October 2016, culminating with Artsivk’s victory on 24 December. Then, almost three months later, she presented “Fly With Me” to the world. Avant-garde staging generated much hype, yet the entry finished a disappointing 18th.
4. Dorians “Lonely Planet” (2013)
Result: 18th in the grand final with 41 points — 8.99% of maximum possible points
Undeterred by its first non-qualification in 2011, Armenia retained the same selection format for its 2013 comeback. This time, Gor Sujyan was internally selected with his band Dorians. They had previously come third in the 2009 national final. “Lonely Planet” was chosen from a four-song final. The entry quickly gained notoriety in Eurovision due to Tony Iommi being one of the songwriters. He was a founding member of Ozzy Osbourne’s heavy metal band Black Sabbath. While Dorians failed to light up the grand final scoreboard, they did finish one place higher than another British musical icon — Bonnie Tyler.
3. Iveta Mukuchyan “LoveWave” (2016)
Result: 7th in the grand final with 249 points — 25.30% of maximum possible points
Armenia’s 2016 internally selected representative was revealed to much fanfare. In the weeks and days preceding the announcement, the delegation teased fans with numerous hints including a silhouette of the chosen singer. It was, of course, Iveta Mukuchyan. Months later, “LoveWave” dropped. The song’s experimental nature initially left many perplexed, but everything came together on the Stockholm stage. Clever camera cuts, holograms, flames, and Iveta’s bodysuit and cape combo meant it was a performance that audiences couldn’t forget.
2. Eva Rivas “Apricot Stone” (2010)
Result: 7th in the grand final with 141 points — 30.92% of maximum possible points
Armenia kicked off the decade with a nine-song national final, in which Eva Rivas easily triumphed. “Apricot Stone” picked up over 10,000 more televotes than Emmy’s effort in second place, although the juries preferred the latter. At Eurovision, the catchy number was lapped up by the public — they placed Eva fourth. The entry stood out further thanks to the presence of a giant apricot stone which germinated and grew into a small, blossom-filled apricot tree in the space of three minutes.
1. Aram MP3 “Not Alone” (2014)
Result: 4th in the grand final with 174 points — 40.28% of maximum possible points
From the moment the last dubstep beats subsided upon the premiere of Aram MP3’s “Not Alone”, Armenia sat atop the bookies’ Eurovision 2014 odds. Talk of Yerevan 2015 was real. It wasn’t until rehearsals began in Copenhagen that he began to slip. Still, the internally selected artist secured a very impressive fourth place — Armenia’s joint-highest result. Contradicting the song title, MP3 stood alone on stage, winning over Europe with only his voice, song and a little LED. Along with Sirusho, he is the only Armenian artist to finish inside the top five.
Do you agree with the list? What are your rankings? Which is your favourite Armenian entry of the 2010s? Let us know in the comments.