ESCBEAT team is saddened to report that Armenia has decided to withdraw from Eurovision Song Contest 2021!
Armenian broadcaster AMPTV has decided to withdraw, although the country has already confirmed participation at this year’s contest.
According to the broadcaster, the country could not be ready with an entry with the short time left until the deadline.
AMPTV‘s official announcement:
“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 has a great record at the Eurovision Song Contest and always brings excitement and quality performances to the stage. We understand the reasons for their withdrawal and we will miss their hard work and professional delegation in Rotterdam. We very much hope to welcome Armenia back in 2022.”
David Tserunyan, the head of the Armenia delegation, commented:
In fact, it is possible to assume that the country has withdrawn following the Nagorno-Karabakh war between Armenia and Azerbaijan that occurred betweeen 27 September 2020 to 10 November 2020. The situation probably led the country to economical problems.
In November 2020, the country decided to withdraw from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Last year it was Athena Manukyan who won the national selection with the song “Chains On You“
Therefore, 40 countries will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021:
17 countries at each semi-final, 6 other conutries have already a place in the final: Germany, the UK, Spain, France, Italy and the host country, The Netherlands.
We look forward to seeing Armenia comeback to the Eurovision Song Contest in the near future!
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