Confirmed: Armenia Withdraws
Early on Wednesday, it was announced that Armenian broadcaster ARMTV had withdrawn their bid to participate in this year’s Eurovision Song contest, to be held in neighboring Azerbaijan.
According to ESC Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand, “We are truly disappointed by the broadcaster’s decision to withdraw from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Despite the efforts of the EBU and the Host Broadcaster to ensure a smooth participation for the Armenian delegation in this year’s Contest, circumstances beyond our control lead to this unfortunate decision.”
The withdrawal of Armenia from this year’s contest means that a grand total of 42 nations will be competing in Baku, with an even split among the two Semifinals.
The country first sent a representative to Eurovision back in 2006, and with the exception of last year’s “Boom Boom“, they had made it into the Top Ten each year, reaching as high as 4th place in 2008.