In a press conference to Armenian media, Artsvik has stated that she dreams of making her homeland proud at next month’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Artsvik revealed that she had previously hesitated before entering Armenia’s selection show, Depi Evratesil, but overcame her hesitation in time to enter the contest, and ultimately win becoming Armenia’s 2017 representative.
I hesitated much before making a decision to take part in the competition. Ultimately, I thought it would be better to go after your dreams.
Artsvik also stated that she is not taking the contest in a competitive manner, rather she is treating it as a celebration, and wishes to make Armenia proud of her and fulfil her lifelong dreams.
Let me be clear, I have come to Eurovision not to compete. I want to turn my participation into a holiday, celebration. since it had been my long-cherished dream. Apparently, I want to perform well to make my country proud of me.
She also stated in the press conference that she has not yet taken the time to listen to the live performances of the other competing entries this year.
Armenia will be performing 16th in the running order of the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest. This semi-final will be held on Tuesday 9th May 2017 in the International Exhibition Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine.
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Armenia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and has participated every year since excluding 2012. The countries best results came in 2008 and 2014 when they finished 4th in the final. Armenia has only once not managed to qualify for the final, in 2011 Emmy finished 12th in her semi-final with the song “Boom Boom”, she was 1 point away from qualifying for the final. At the 2016 contest in Stockholm, Armenia was represented by Iveta Mukuchyan and the song “LoveWave” finishing 7th in the final.