MusicArmenian public broadcaster AMPTV announced on Friday that it will withdraw from the European Song Contest (ESC) this year. Despite all the efforts, the broadcaster says that many events made it impossible to choose the transmission at the right time.
The announcer may be referring to the various conflicts that have occurred in the country in recent months. “After careful and detailed discussions, the Armenian Public Television Company decided to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, due to recent events, short production time and other objective reasons that make participation impossible.”
Martin Osterdahl, CEO of Eurovision Song Contest, regrets the decision, but shows understanding. “The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) community deeply regrets that AMPTV has decided to withdraw from the competition. Armenia always brings excitement and good performance to the stage. We understand the reasons for their withdrawal and we will miss their hardworking and professional delegation in Rotterdam. We sincerely hope that we will welcome the return of Armenia in 2022.”
Armenia participated in the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019 with singer Serbuk. The country was represented in Tel Aviv in Israel with the song “Walking Out”, but was not selected for the final.
40 countries will compete with each other during the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in the semi-finals (18 and 20 May) and the grand final (Saturday 22 May).
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