Eurovision failure no tragedy, says Armenian TV chief

Eurovision failure no tragedy, says Armenian TV chief


An Armenian public broadcaster boss sees no reason to make a tragedy out of an Armenian representative’s failure to qualify for the Eurovision 2011 final.

In a Tuesday night performance viewed by many as disappointing Armenia’s Eurovision 2011 entry Emmy sang her up-tempo “Boom-Boom” song with some boxing-inspired choreography. But the 27-year-old pop singer’s efforts proved not inspiring enough for Europe’s voting audiences and national expert juries to let her sing in the finals of this popular song contest due on Saturday.

Emmy’s falling short of qualifying became the first such development in the history of Armenia’s participation in Europe’s number one pop music contest since 2006.

“It is only a contest and its results can be different,” Alexan Harutyunyan, the Chairman of the Council of the Armenian Public Television and Radio Company, told a press conference on Wednesday.

Harutyunyan also called on the Armenian public to support Emmy, stressing that no country participating in the contest has avoided situations like this.

Judging from their public remarks, most singers in Armenia also see no reason to dramatize Emmy’s failure, and some of them say they do not consider Eurovision to be a serious contest.

Meanwhile, heated discussions continue at different online forums and in blog publications. The flurry of criticism over Armenia’s non-qualification at Eurovision, including the quality of the song and the singer’s performance, occasionally alternates with words of sympathy and support for Emmy, who has not yet made public comments on her experience in Germany.