Srbuhi Sargsyan was born in Yerevan in 1994. Her stage name is Srbuk and she was involved with music since her childhood. Her influences include Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Michael Jackson. Srbuk knows to play the traditional instrument qanun and studied at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan. In 2010 she took part at the X Factor and made the second place. In 2012 she was member of the band Allusion, which was specialized on covers of American jazz, soul, R&B and pop music. In 2014 Srbuk released the single “Boat” together with Garik Papoya, who was the lyricist for the Armenian entry in that year: Aram Mp3“Not Alone”. Garik will also be the lyricist this year of the Armenian entry “Walking Out”. Srbuk’s debut solo single “Yete Karogh”.
The Armenian entry “Walking Out” is another extraordinary song for Eurovision. The music style is very contemporary, rhythmic and well composed. Along with the capable voice of Srbuk and a good stage performance this entry could really make a very good position in Tel Aviv.
Top 10: 7
Chances for Top 10: 54%
Chances for Final: 83%
Armenia was the first country from the Caucasus region which has joined the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, 2006. This was a big surprise and a real enrichment in all matters. The debut entry “Without Your Love” by André made a very good 8th place. This year it will be the 12th entry from Armenia in the ESC. Armenia always wanted to win the ESC, at least they have won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and even hosted is in the capital of Yerevan. So it’s probably only a matter of time when it’s Armenia getting number one.
The best results so far was two times the 4th place, which could be reached by Sirusho with “Qele Qele” in 2008 and by Aram Mp3 with “Not Alone” in Copenhagen 2014. Over the years Armenia could pass the qualification round ten times and ended up the Top10 for seven times. This is absolutely amazing. New countries can bring a lot of new energy into this established contest, and this has been appreciated with the always good points for Armenia. This means that Armenia has a very high chance of 54% to reach a Top10 position. This makes Armenia to one of the strongest newcomers in the recent ESC history. The music from Armenia is mostly very contemporary with folkloristic elements.
Due to political reasons Armenia did not participate in the 2012 ESC in Baku, Azerbaijan, which was a pity as the Eurovision Song Contest strongly emphasizes that it’s a contest of music and has no political impact. Last year’s entry “Qami” by Sevak Khanagya made the 15th rank in the Semi Final and could not qualify for the Grand Final in Lisbon.
Photographer, Journalist, Editor
About me: My first Eurovision I watched was in 1987, Brussels. Since then I am following the ESC with great enthusiasm. The greatest fascination for me is the fact that the entire Europe is watching the show at that specific night. Since 2010, Oslo I am a member of the eurovisionlive.com team. I had the chance to witness the second German victory with Lena. My biggest wish would be to have the orchestra back, as it used to be until 1998.