AMPTV, the Armenian national broadcaster, has confirmed that Armenia will not take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
In a statement to the EBU, AMPTV explained:
“After careful and detailed discussions, the Public Television Company of Armenia has decided to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, considering the latest events, the shortness of production time as well as other objective reasons that make the proper participation of Armenia at ESC 2021 impossible.”
Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said:
“The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) community is deeply sorry that AMPTV has decided to withdraw from participating in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Armenia have a great record at the Eurovision Song Contest and always bring excitement and quality performances to the stage. We understand the reasons for their withdrawal and we will miss their hard working and professional delegation in Rotterdam. We very much hope to welcome Armenia back in 2022.”
This marks the second time that Armenia has withdrawn from the Eurovision Song Contest. The country withdrew from the 2012 contest, citing security concerns due to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Armenia also withdrew from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 due to the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War.
Athena Manoukian was due to represent Armenia at Eurovision 2020 with the song “Chains On You” before its cancellation. It is unknown whether Athena would have been invited back to compete at Eurovision 2021 nor whether she will compete at the 2022 contest instead.
40 countries will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam on May 18, 20 and 22.
Source: eurovision.tv / Image Source: AMPTV
Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Armenia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and has participated every year since, excluding 2012. Armenia’s best results came in 2008 and 2014 when they finished 4th in the final. They have twice failed to qualify for the final. The first time was in 2011, when Emmy finished in 12th with “Boom Boom”. She was 1 point away from qualifying for the final. In 2019, Srbuk finished 16th in her semi-final with “Walking Out”, bringing Armenia their worst result to date in the contest.