Arts vs Politics: Armenia pondering over participation in Baku-hosted Eurovision-2012

Arts vs Politics: Armenia pondering over participation in Baku-hosted Eurovision-2012


Armenia has been holding off its decision whether it will take part in Eurovision 2012 in Baku and if yes, who will it send – an Armenia-based singer or a native Armenian resident of a foreign country. One such candidacy was famous rock band System of a Down known for its championing the cause of the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Bandleader Serj Tankian, however, declined the offer.

Amid apparent reluctance among local showbiz representatives to compete [unlike the previous years] Armenia is running out of time and has promised to confirm its participation (or withdrawal) by the New Year, reports News.am, citing head of the Armenian Delegation at Eurovision Gohar Gasparyan

On May 15 this year in Germany Azerbaijan won the contest, thus putting Armenia in a difficult position – arts versus politics. By the rules of the European Broadcasting Union the winner country gets to host next year’s show.