Armenia: Artsvik wins Depi Evratesil and will sing at Eurovision 2017

After weeks of auditions, several fierce duels and three live shows, the curtain has finally closed on Depi Evratesil — Armenia’s three-month long national selection. And standing in front of it is Artsvik, who won the night and will represent Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv.

The final featured two performances from both ladies and they did everything in their power to impress a jury of musicians from the Armenian diaspora musicians and the televoters at home.

Marta covered Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In The World)“. Her ongoing enunciation issues left many to wonder if she was actually singing in English. But vocally she took it up a notch, suggesting pressure brings out the best in her.

During the Armenian covers section she came into her own. She’s been incredibly versatile throughout the competition — Beyoncé one week, a traditional cover the next — and she proved to be a chameleon yet again tonight.

Playing to her own strengths, ballad queen Artsvik sang Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing“. And then she delivered her most stirring performance yet in the Armenian covers segment. Artsvik didn’t venture out of her comfort zone. But if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it!

Hovig, the Cypriot representative for Eurovision 2017, performed a medley of songs, including “Stone in a River“, his entry in the Cypriot Eurovision 2015 final. A Cypriot of Armenian descent, Hovig did it for the diaspora and he did it very well indeed.

Iveta Mukuchyan was also on stage, performing both “LoveWave” and her new single “Amena“. As usual, Miss Mukuchyan slayed the pack, setting the bar very high for her successor.

Depi Evratesil Results

Ultimately, only one of these women could come out on top. The results of the jury and televote were presented separately to determine the winner.

Jury Results:

  1. Artsvik — 31% of votes
  2. Marta — 19% of votes

Televote Results:

  1. Artsvik — 40% of votes
  2. Marta — 10% of votes

Combined Results:

  1. Artsvik — 71% of votes
  2. Marta — 29% of votes

Artsvik will follow the footsteps of Iveta Mukuchyan, becoming Armenia’s eleventh representative in the Eurovision Song Contest. She thanked all the voters and vowed to do the entire country proud.

What do you think of the results? What kind of song should Artsvik sing at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below.

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