‘Tis the season for speculation. The latest artist to fire up their fans about a possible Eurovision participation is the Armenian Greek songstress Athena Manoukian. She has recently revealed that she would love to go to Eurovision, making fans wonder if they’ll be seeing her in the Netherlands this May.
The buzz started when Athena made a post to her Instagram story. It included a photo of some kinky boots along with a Q&A box asking her fans to “Guess what’s coming”.
For a lot of her fans, there was only one answer: Eurovision. Athena was flooded with comments wondering if she would be representing Armenia, Greece or even Germany at Eurovision 2020. A fan blog wrote up the story, which prompted Athena to respond with this post:
Athena revealed that Eurovision was very much on her wish list. She wrote, “I would love to go to Eurovision and make you all proud.”
So is Athena going to Eurovision 2020? If we’ve learned anything from previous years, it’s that confirmed artists are usually sworn to secrecy and tend NOT to drop hints about their Eurovision participation via social media.
So at best, we can only take this as a sign that Athena would very much like to go to Eurovision. We can’t fault a sister for getting in early with the promo! But will a broadcaster take note?
This isn’t the first time Athena’s name has been rumoured for Eurovision. Back in 2015, there was speculation that Athena would be one of the acts who would make up the six-piece Armenian international supergroup Genealogy, who performed “Face the Shadow” in Vienna. That rumour started in the same way — though a social media post, where Athena teased “bigger surprises are coming soon.”
Athena Manoukian’s history
Athena first entered the Eurovision world in 2008, where she competed in the Greek national final for its Junior Eurovision act. Athena placed seventh with the song “To fili tis Afroditis” (“Aphrodite’s kiss”).
More recently, Athena auditioned for the 2018 series of The X Factor UK. She gave a show-stopping audition that grabbed the attention of judges Robbie Williams and Simon Cowell.
The Greek singer performed Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” for her audition, a mash-up of the original from 2003 and Beyonce’s sultry 2015 remix from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. Athena revealed she had come all the way from Greece to audition, saying, “It’s a great opportunity for me to win your heart.”
Not all the judges were impressed, but Athena made it to the next round. However Athena did not feature in any further episodes, suggesting she had either been eliminated from the competition or she chose to withdraw.
Neither Greece nor Armenia have yet confirmed their participation for Eurovision 2020, though both are expected to return. Greece is going through something of a slump at Eurovision, with the former power nation now regularly finishing on the right-hand side of the scoreboard. Armenia is also recovering from two years of non-qualifications and may be looking for a new tactic for 2020.
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