National final for Armenia

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Officials at ARMTV, the national broadcaster of Armenia, have told esctoday.com that they plan to hold a national final to select their Eurovision Song Contest entry for 2007. The process will consist of two semifinals and a national final. They are now in the final process of deciding the rules and the format, and an announcement will be made next week.

Armenia will be competing at the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time in 2007 after a successful debut this year. They finished sixth in the semifinal and eighth in thefinal in Athens with Without your love sung by Andre.

Speaking to esctoday.com this morning, ARMTV said "We hope to hold a national final this time. We are finalising the plans now and we will announce the details next week. We hope to havea three phase selection, with two semifinals and a final. This is our second time at the competition and interest will be higher now. We really want to make a national final with information about the lives of the participants. We want to do this for the viewers, to get them involved in selecting their song". If the plans go ahead, the selection process will begin in December.

The shows will not be broadcast on the Internet due to technological issues. We were told "We want all shows to be broadcast live, but they will not be available on the Internet. We hope that maybefor 2008 it will be possible".

Under current rules, Armenia are assured of a place in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 after finishing in sixth place in Athens.

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