Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Armenia
National selection
Selection processInternal selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 11 March 2022
Song: 19 March 2022
Selected entrantRosa Linn
Selected song"Snap"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Rosa Linn
  • Larzz Principato
  • Jeremy Dusoulet
  • Allie Crystal
  • Tamar Kaprelian
  • Courtney Harrell
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (5th, 187 points)
Final result20th, 61 points
Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2020 2022

Armenia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, with the song "Snap", performed by Rosa Linn. The song was written by Linn herself along with Larzz Principato, Jeremy Dusoulet, Allie Crystal, Tamar Kaprelian and Courtney Harrell. Rosa Linn was internally selected by the Armenian broadcaster upon the country's return to the contest after a one year absence. Linn was announced as the selected artist on 11 March 2022, with her song presented to the public on 19 March 2022.

Armenia was drawn to compete in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 10 May 2022. Performing during the show in position 17, "Snap" was announced among the top 10 entries of the second semi-final and hence qualified to compete in the final. In the final, Armenia placed 20nd with 61 points. It was later revealed that the country placed 5th in the semi-final with 187 points.

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, Armenia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirteen times since its first entry in 2006.[1] Its highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been fourth place, which the nation achieved on two occasions: in 2008 with the song "Qélé, Qélé" performed by Sirusho and in 2014 with the song "Not Alone" performed by Aram Mp3. Armenia has, to this point, failed to qualify to the final on three occasions, in 2011, 2018 and 2019, the latter with the song "Walking Out" performed by Srbuk. The nation briefly withdrew from the contest in 2012 due to long-standing tensions with then host country Azerbaijan.[2]

The Armenian national broadcaster, Public Television of Armenia (AMPTV), broadcasts the event within Armenia and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. Armenia has used various methods to select the Armenian entry in the past, such as internal selections and a live televised national final to choose the performer, song or both to compete at Eurovision. Between 2014 and 2016, the broadcaster internally selected both the artist and the song, while the national final Depi Evratesil was organized in 2017 and 2018. The broadcaster opted to internally select the Armenian entry in 2019, and for the later-cancelled 2020 contest, the Armenian entry was once again chosen via Depi Evratesil, where Athena Manoukian emerged as the winner with the song "Chains on You".[3]

Armenia had originally planned to participate in the 2021 contest, but ultimately withdrew due to social and political crises in the aftermath of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.[4] On 20 October 2021, it was announced that Armenia will return to the contest in 2022.[5]

Before Eurovision

Internal selection

Upon their return to the 2022 contest, AMPTV selected the Armenian entrant internally, with the contributions of focus groups across Armenia and international music professionals reviewing a number of shortlisted entries submitted to the broadcaster. Candidates rumoured to be in the running were Athena Manoukian, Saro Gevorgyan, Kamil Show and Rosa Linn, of which the latter was rumoured by several Armenian media sites to have been officially selected by AMPTV.[6][7] However, on 15 February 2022, AMPTV dismissed the claims that Linn had been selected, stating that no decision had been made yet and that an announcement would come in March.[8] On 4 March, it was reported in several Armenian media outlets that Rosa Linn and Saro Gevorgyan were the two singers in the running to represent the nation at the contest.[9]

Rosa Linn was announced as the chosen entrant on 11 March 2022, with her competing song "Snap" released on 19 March, along with the official music video which was directed by Aramayis Hayrapetyan.[10][11]

I think we’ve all been at a snapping point, where it felt like there’s no way out and that the entire world is just crumbling down around you. You start questioning everything, including yourself. I have been there. And what I realized was that I had the strength to shape my reality – it just took getting out of my own way and finding inner-peace. It’s all about self-love and accepting that you are enough. Writing “Snap” was a form of therapy for me and I hope that it can be that for others who are also going through hard times.

— Rosa Linn[12]

Promotion

Rosa Linn made appearances across Europe to promote "Snap" as the Armenian Eurovision entry. She first performed at the Israeli preparty Israel Calling, held in Tel Aviv's Menora Mivtachim Arena on 7 April.[13] She also performed in the Eurovision in Concert at Amsterdam's AFAS Live on 9 April.[14] In addition to these promotional events, on 19 March 2022, Rosa Linn recorded her 'live-on-tape' backup performance in Sofia, Bulgaria.[15] This can be used if she is unable to travel to Turin, or subjected to quarantine on arrival.[15]

In the run-up to the contest, AMPTV launched Destination Eurovision, a promotional series featuring Rosa Linn.[16] The series focused on Linn's journey to Turin, telling her story, her selection as the Armenian representative and the preparations for her performance at Eurovision.[16]

At Eurovision

Marmore Falls in Terni, Umbria was the location of Rosa Linn's postcard.
A video postcard introduced Rosa Linn's performance in the first semi-final and final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The postcard was filmed at the Marmore Falls in Terni, Umbria and featured virtual projections of Rosa Linn across the location.

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Armenia has been placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 10 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[17]

Once all the competing songs for the 2022 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Armenia was set to perform in position 17, following the entry from Norway.[18] Immediately after the close of the first semi-final, a press conference was held in which each of the artists drew the half of the final of which they would perform in. Armenia was drawn into the first half of the final and was later selected by the EBU to perform in position number 8, following the entry from Norway and before the entry from Italy.

In Armenia, all shows were broadcast on Armenia 1 and on Public Radio of Armenia, with commentary by Garik Papoyan and Hrachuhi Utmazyan [hy].[19][20] The Armenian spokesperson, who announced the top 12-point score awarded by the Armenian jury during the final, was Garik Papoyan.[21][22][23]

Semi-final

Rosa Linn took part in technical rehearsals on 1 and 5 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 9 and 10 May. This included the jury show on 9 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.

The Armenian performance featured Rosa Linn alone on stage in a house-like structure made out of paper, representing the overflow of emotions Linn felt when writing the song. Over the course of the performance, Rosa Linn tore down several parts of the walls to reveal statements about the song. At the climax of the performance, the house rotated and Linn tore down an entire circle of the wall to face the audience in an intimate performance. The majority of the Armenian performance was warmly lit with golden LED lights on stage. Armenia's prop was the second largest of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, after Sam Ryder from the United Kingdom.[24]

At the end of the show, Armenia was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final. This marked the first qualification to the final for Armenia since 2017. It was later revealed that the Armenia placed fifth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 187 points: 105 points from the televoting and 82 points from the juries.

Final

Shortly after the first semi-final, a winners' press conference was held for the ten qualifying countries. As part of this press conference, the qualifying artists took part in a draw to determine which half of the grand final they would subsequently participate in. This draw was done in the order the countries appeared in the semi-final running order. Armenia was drawn to compete in the first half. Following this draw, the shows' producers decided upon the running order of the final, as they had done for the semi-finals. Armenia was subsequently placed to perform in position number 8, following the entry from Norway and before the entry from Italy.

Rosa Linn once again took part in dress rehearsals on 13 and 14 May before the final, including the jury final where the professional juries cast their final votes before the live show. Linn performed a repeat of their semi-final performance during the final on 14 May. Armenia placed twentieth in the final, scoring 61 points: 21 points from the televoting and 40 points from the juries. This marked Armenia's worst result in a Eurovision final since the country's debut in 2006.

Voting

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Armenia in the first semi-final and in the final. Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.[25] The exact composition of the professional jury, and the results of each country's jury and televoting were released after the final; the individual results from each jury member were also released in an anonymised form.[26][27] The Armenian jury consisted of Vika Martirosyan, Arshaluys Harutyunyan, Erik Karapetyan, Lilit Navarsardyan, and Srbuk, the later of whom represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.[26][27] In the first semi-final, Armenia placed 5th with 187 points, receiving maximum twelve points in the jury vote from Austria and twelve points in the televote from France. This marked the first Armenian qualification to the final since 2017. In the final, Armenia placed 20th with 61 points. Over the course of the contest, Armenia awarded its 12 points to Netherlands (jury) and Ukraine (televote) in the first semi-final, and to the Spain (jury) and Estonia (televote) in the final.[28][29]

Points awarded to Armenia

Points awarded by Armenia

Detailed voting results

The following members comprised the Armenian jury:[26][27]

Detailed voting results from Armenia (Semi-final 1)
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Albania 12 10 16 12 15 16 9 2
02  Latvia 5 16 15 8 14 9 2 16
03  Lithuania 10 15 14 13 10 14 4 7
04   Switzerland 6 8 13 5 6 6 5 10 1
05  Slovenia 11 14 12 11 9 13 13
06  Ukraine 4 4 4 2 5 4 7 1 12
07  Bulgaria 13 6 11 14 13 12 14
08  Netherlands 2 3 1 4 1 1 12 7 4
09  Moldova 7 12 10 10 12 10 1 5 6
10  Portugal 1 5 3 1 3 2 10 3 8
11  Croatia 15 7 9 6 6 7 4 11
12  Denmark 16 11 8 15 16 15 15
13  Austria 14 13 7 9 11 11 6 5
14  Iceland 9 9 6 16 7 8 3 12
15  Greece 3 1 5 3 2 3 8 2 10
16  Norway 8 2 2 7 4 5 6 8 3
17  Armenia
Detailed voting results from Armenia (Final)
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Czech Republic 12 9 15 13 23 14 21
02  Romania 21 19 9 12 10 12 19
03  Portugal 1 13 8 3 1 3 8 7 4
04  Finland 22 16 21 21 19 23 11
05   Switzerland 18 15 13 20 11 16 20
06  France 9 3 4 6 9 4 7 12
07  Norway 13 18 10 7 15 11 17
08  Armenia
09  Italy 2 1 2 2 3 2 10 14
10  Spain 3 2 1 1 2 1 12 3 8
11  Netherlands 7 7 6 4 7 7 4 15
12  Ukraine 6 11 5 5 4 5 6 2 10
13  Germany 23 12 16 18 12 18 13
14  Lithuania 20 14 22 19 14 20 9 2
15  Azerbaijan 24 24 24 24 24 24 24
16  Belgium 19 10 20 22 13 17 16
17  Greece 14 6 11 8 6 9 2 8 3
18  Iceland 16 17 23 17 22 21 23
19  Moldova 15 8 14 9 8 10 1 6 5
20  Sweden 4 4 3 14 18 6 5 4 7
21  Australia 17 20 17 23 21 22 21
22  United Kingdom 8 22 19 16 15 15 10 1
23  Poland 11 23 18 15 20 19 18
24  Serbia 10 21 12 10 17 13 5 6
25  Estonia 5 5 7 11 5 8 3 1 12

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