Aftermath 2017 (12): Has the Caucasus lost their Eurovision mojo?

In these weeks, we take a look at the aftermath of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. In this episode we talk about the countries on the Caucasus and what went wrong for them. Since neither Armenia, Azerbaijan, nor Georgia reached the top 10 this year.

Artistic director Sacha Jean-Baptiste did the staging for both Georgia and Armenia in a stunning way. Whilst Azerbaijan had a strong Swedish team behind the DiHaj song ‘Skeletons’. In the semi finals, the success rate for the Caucasus was as strong as ever, with only Georgia not making it to the final, narrowly.

In the final, expectations were high for Armenia, but for Azerbaijan not so much. DiHaj had a act with a man on a ladder with a horse mask, and not everyone understood what it was all about. In the end the song ‘Skeletons’ ended up on a 14th place.

When all votes were counted, Armenia surprisingly did even worse than Azerbaijan this year. ‘Fly With Me’ by Artsvik got huge reviews at the rehearsals and – even though the starting slot on the fifth place was terrible – the song should end up in the top 10. It did not go that way, with an 18th place this year for Armenia…

The Aftermath

Armenia has had a couple of good years in the contest and therefore, people can handle a bad result. On the official Facebook page of Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest, people react positive on the pictures of Artsvik returning to Yerevan. Yes, Armenia deserved better, but there is always next year to do as well as in 2014 or 2016.

Especially the draw was bad news for Artsvik, whose song failed to stand out at the beginning of the evening, followed by many big other favourites in the same first half of the show. Azerbaijan was also in that first half, following winner Portugal. But even though DiHaj did better in the end, for Azerbaijan there are more concerns at the moment.

In their debut years, between 2008 and 2013, Azerbaijan ALWAYS had a top 10 result in the final. Amazing stats, on which some people were anxious, and started the conspiracy theory. Did the Azeri bribe themselves to the top? No one speaks of this nowadays, after Azerbaijan did not reach the top in 2014, 2015, 2016 and again 2017. Azerbaijan needs to find their mojo again, with the combination of strong songs, amazing staging and great vocalists.

On the Georgian Eurovision website, there is not much information on the reception of the non-qualification by Tamara Gachechiladze in Kiev. Georgia failed to qualify on several occasions in the past and has always returned stronger to the contest. They are already focussing on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tblisi, later this year. Since Georgia did win the last edition of that contest and will probably stay strong in both contests.

4 Responses to “Aftermath 2017 (12): Has the Caucasus lost their Eurovision mojo?”

  1. Chris says:

    Armenia is one of those countries I always look forward to at esc but they have been sending the most abnormal and non memorable songs for the past few years. Sure Iveta seemed like the perfect package but sorry to say the song was boring. Geneologys song was terrible, Arams was not something you remember and Artsvik was a great singer but again a terrible song. After all these years the only song everyone remembers is Qele qele. I hope they get their acts together and start working with better producers and writers. Just a note when was the last time Azerbaijan wrote their own song? Esc needs rules to ban writers from other countries. Might as well become a Swedish song contest.

    • Ashken Hakopian says:

      Armenia always unic. The songs they perform is ahead of the time. Qele qele was very simple song that’s why you like it. But all the other songs have so much to say. It makes you to think what is the life all about.

  2. Martin says:

    Armenia and Azerbaijan should both be kicked out of the contest. Their juries are clearly unwilling or unable to do anything other than place each other last and the EBU’s inability to take action or even acknowledge the situation is a stain on the contest.

  3. Erik says:

    It is probably a ver weird be coïncidence, but ever since EBU told the world to watch more carefully on the fair voting procedures (after the Lithuanian bribe accusations), Azerbaijan’s results dropped dramaticly.

    Coïncidence or not…. I must admit that to me 2014, 2015 and 2017 are among the best Azeri entries musically, so I prefer Azerbaijan to stick to the higher quality entries instead of IMHO much weaker songs that scored overratedly well like ‘Always on my mind’ ‘Running scared’ and Samra’s song.

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