Armenia – Sadly Armenian Public Television today informed the EBU that Armenia has decided to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.”We are truly disappointed by the broadcaster’s decision to withdraw from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest,” said the Contest Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand on behalf of the EBU. “Despite the efforts of the EBU and the Host Broadcaster to ensure a smooth participation for the Armenian delegation in this year’s Contest, circumstances beyond our control lead to this unfortunate decision.”
There had been much speculation for days with rumours that Armenia feared for the safety of their delegation and fans due to their strained relationship with Azerbaijan.
Only 42 countries will now compete in Baku. There will now be 18 acts in each Semi-Final.
Source – Eurovision.tv
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