The second edition of Depi Evratesil is upon us, with 20 hopefuls vying for the chance to represent Armenia in Lisbon. Among the competing acts are Genealogy alum Tamar Kaprelian and Depi Evratesil 2017 fan favourite Asmik Shiroyan. However, drag queen and blogger Kamil has issued a warning to her fellow competitors — she’s here to win!

Speaking in an interview on the television programme Lav Ereko, Kamil was not afraid to trash talk her fellow competitors. She told the hosts that her opponents stand no chance of beating her. When asked about their chances, she responded by saying that she could not picture the words ‘other competitors’ and ‘chances’ in the same sentence. She warns her fellow competitors to get ready.

You can watch the full interview in Armenian from 3:27 below.

Kamil also dropped some interesting information about her Eurovision entry. She revealed that her song will be in Spanish and confirmed that she will be receiving 12 points from Spain. This is despite the fact that she doesn’t speak Spanish, revealing that “I only think in Spanish”. She also confirmed that the song will be about going to Puerto Rico, laying on the beach and drinking mojitos. She explained that the song celebrates all of her favourite things — sun, sand, alcohol and Ricky Martin.

The hosts asked a confident Kamil how she would feel if she didn’t win the ticket to Eurovision 2018. Kamil revealed that if she lost Depi Evratesil, she would be very happy because many people will likely be very happy that she lost.

Kamil is originally a blogger with many videos on YouTube and Armenian television. She has recently expanded her repertoire into singing, partnering with Armenian singer Lilit Hovhannisyan for a fun and upbeat duet “Chkites Honqerd” (“Don’t frown”).

We are falling in love with Kamil’s big personality and if she does win as she predicts, we can’t wait to see her personality shine in Lisbon. She would certainly be a bold choice for Armenia and sending a song in a language other than English or Armenian would be a first for the country.

What do you think of Kamil’s bold statements? Should Armenia send Kamil to Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below.

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Daylight
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He’s simply regarded as a failed clown in Armenia.

Ron
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Maybe out of topic, but Alekseev just released his Eurovision song Forever for Belarus and it’s AMAZING! Thoughts? Post?!

Joe
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Have not heard the song. Will say that a drag act at Eurovision is only as good as their song. Conchita won not just for her unique presentation, but because she had a strong voice and a very good song. Verka earned a high position (although let’s face it, she’d never have won) because she put on a good show and had a catchy song. Drag acts from countries like Slovenia in 2002, Norway in 1986, and Denmark in 2007 sunk like stones because the songs sucked. If the song’s good, brilliant, send her. If the song blows, don’t. In… Read more »
Richard
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Rather harsh on Sestre in 2002, who were fab and had a good song in my opinion

Kinie
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Ann Sargsyan
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oh cmoon guys Armenian aren’t homophobig… as said other armenians he is just cool actor and singer(he is really has a great voice)… i think the staff just though that would be funny to choose someone like Kamil… but i think that will be great if the real Kamil(his name is Arsen Grigoryan) will sing and go to Eurovisin… cuz i dont think thats funny….cuz ppl think he is a gay…. he is natutal… its all just joke… and how about gays and lesbians.. and other ppl we dont hate them we just dont used to see ppl like they… Read more »
Héctor
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S/He’s not receiving anything from Spain, sorry! These “Despacito” copycats should stop. It’s awful to hear them, the lyrics doesn’t make sense most of the time and the accent is weird. I’m talking about Jenny Mai, but this entry would be the same, I suppose.

I don’t like drag acts, neither as a novelty act. That time at Eurovision has gone. I hope it doesn’t happen like with Lithuania last year. Anyway, I’m happy with Kamil being happy if I’m happy when s/he doesn’t win Depi Evratesil!

Héctor
Guest

Conchita or Verka are exceptions, I must say…

Pollaski
Guest

Is this going to be a drag version of Sylvia Night?

Please let this be a drag version of Sylvia Night

Thestellarseacow
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A drag version of Sylvia Night would be a dream comeback true.

Lulu
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It’s really funny ’cause everybody takes his words too seriously. He’s a famous actor and comedian and the character of Kamil was created during one of the Armenian comedy shows. He’s here to entertain people and share positive energy 😀 And about Aram Mp3’s attitude during this show. Do you even realize that he and Garik (writer of Not Alone) are also comedians and probably friends with Arsen (Kamil)? It’s just a show… take it easy :)))

Hayk
Guest

Do you know what does drag queen mean? If not, you can check it in wikipedia. And after that you can say, if Kamil is drag queen or not.

Hayk
Guest

I tried to reply @Rashad

Weißbrot
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We all know what an accepting and tolerating Country Armenia is. If this would be an actual gay man or something nobody would even think about sending him. But it’s just a comedian dressed as a woman, so I guess it’s okay for these homophobes, right? Can anybody from Armenia tell me if homophobia is as common there as I think?

Kirk
Guest

You’re right, this man isn’t positioning himself as homosexual (maybe he’s gay, idk). There is small amount people in Armenia, that publicly positioning themselves as homosexuals, so yes, we can be defined as homophobic society. But our elites (politics and intelligence) are, in the main, not homophobic. They’re try to fix situation to be a part of European society.

Mike
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Armenia is not an homophobic country, time has changed and people started changing too.Now here in Armenia , LGBT people can feel confortable as much as in europe and america.Every country like Armenia has small comunities of homophobia but that is not a reason to call that country a homophobic.Please don’t misundertand people.And about Kamil she es not gay she es transsexual and whole Armenia knows that , and no one is going to kill her bcz thats ok.

Kirk
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Really? Arsen Grigoryan said that he is a transsexual?

We are not talking about role, we are talking about actor. Don’t spread misinformation, please. He’s not positioning himself as gay or trans.

Weißbrot
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transgender/transsexual is something different than dressing up like a woman… If you’re transgender, you always felt like you’re born in the wrong body and you’ll eventually do ”the op” and take the long journey of transforming yourself into that gender you identify with. But this guy is just a transvestite. They are men, who kinda dress as a woman, but they exaggerate it and put far too much make-up on and dress over the top. They do it fully for show reasons. They don’t feel like women, they just sometimes play this role. And that is clearly the case here…… Read more »
Ron
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@Weibrot – Armenia is a conservative country. In order to understand their conservatism, you have to study their history and how they’ve had to endure being a Christian minority ruled by Muslims for centuries and had to struggle to keep their identity. They are also the first Christian country. But, that doesn’t mean that the people in Armenia hate or are intolerant of gays. Those are two different things and you’re confusing the two.

Kirk
Guest

“Kitel” means “to frown”, so we can translate “chkites honqerd” as “don’t frown” or “don’t be sad”.

Harut
Guest

Oh my , this act is so gunny and entertaining but she is singing awfully and she is not a Serduchka . She is a funny act and Armenians liker her only for her humor. I mean Sevak , Hasmik or Tamar and may even Mher Armenia are the most beloved artists right now by Armenian public as a singer not just an act .

Ronda
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Well, sadly Armenia is one of the most homophobic countries in Europe. They are actually worse than Russia. But the saddest part is that most of their people supports the homophobia and they are doing their best to hide it from the foreign eyes. There’s no way they can send him to ESC (not that I’m saying he deserves it, I’m sure there will be better acts to choose from).

pammy
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why ever see the situation only in Europe? The gays form Asia, africa and South America nobody care about their situation? dont talk about this ultra homophobic countries?

Kirk
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Armenia is the second country of the former Soviet Union, after Estonia, to recognize same-sex marriages performed abroad. Don’t compare us with Russia. We have no homophobic laws!

AM
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Armenia is first Christian country and don’t recognise homophobic. We hate them. ????

Erasmus
Guest

He looks creepy… Please do not send him, you can’t leave Tamar and Asmik and send him..

Rashad
Guest

He’s not a drag queen, he’s just a joke act. Armenia would never let a drag queen represent them.

Hayk
Guest

A drag queen is a person, usually male, who dresses in clothing of the opposite sex and often acts with exaggerated femininity and in feminine gender roles which is for the purpose of entertainment or fashion. Often, they will exaggerate certain characteristics such as make-up and eyelashes for comic, dramatic, or satirical effect. While drag is associated with gay men, there are drag artists of all sexualities.

Jo
Guest

It will be entertaining for a NF, but I doubt Armenia will ever send something like this to ESC. Boom Boom Chaka Chaka was tragic enough.

Armond
Guest

Guys ‘Chkites Honqert’ translates to ‘Don’t frown’, not ‘you don’t know your eyebrows’ ?

blondboybc
Guest

Oh, look, it’s the missing member of Dolly Style! 😉

beccaboo1212
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ENG: No thank you!

ARM: Voch, shnorhakal yem!

Michael
Guest

Just what the world needs. A silly joke act involving a drag queen making a cheap reggaeton song. Thankfully, Armenia takes Eurovision seriously enough that this won’t go anywhere.

Azaad
Guest

Clearly Kamil is more of a Verka than a Conchita.

Arev
Guest

Oops, i’m armenian and Kamil is not a drag queen lol he is a famous comedy actor and singer.

Arev
Guest

And his real name is Arsen Grigoryan. When we can listen his/her song? :p

ts
Guest

Silvia Night p2?

Dutchburger
Guest

Armenia is a homophobic country and there is no place for drag queens..This is nothing but a joke act and the main aim is to show Europe that they are tolerant LMAO Of course he won’t win

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

Well according to the stats their public opinion on homosexuality is the worst in Europe, so I think they’re doing what most homophobic countries do–“tolerate” drag queens for entertainment purposes only.

Avat
Guest

Vocabular definition of Drag Queens :
A drag queen is a person, usually male, who dresses in clothing of the opposite sex and often acts with exaggerated femininity and in feminine gender roles which is for the purpose of entertainment or fashion.”
Do Drag Queens in your country or anythere else do something out of purpose of fashion and entertainment? Do they become presidents or ministers of health?

Polyna
Guest

Hayastan isn’t even in Europe, not even partly like Azerbaijan or Turkey. It’s 100% Asian country.

Ron
Guest

@Polyna – you do realize that Azerbaijan is east of Armenia right?

LiGhts
Guest

@Ron, you do realize that Azerbaijan’s northern part is situated in Europe not the western part?

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

All three Caucasian countries have a same-sex marriage approval rate of 3% and over 4 people in 5 think homosexuality is immoral (Pew Research Center), the difference between the three of them are irrelevant.

ken
Guest

Is same-sex marriage approval, the criteria to be located in Europe? Merkel is against same-sex marriage, is she not European?

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

Germany’s approval rate is around 75% so try again.

Weißbrot
Guest

Yeah, but Merkel doesn’t represent whole Germany… Germany is very tolerate, I think 80% in Germany aprove same sex marriage, which is pretty good when you have in mind how many old people we have in Germany. I’m living in the former DDR of Germany, which has the Reputation of being far off and being less accepting when it’s about homosexuals or foreign People and I still don’t know anyone in personal at my school, that is against gays. So we don’t really care if Merkel doesn’t want gays to marry.

AzeriChico
Guest

Hi, Ron. 🙂 Five of Azerbaijan’s northern cities (Qusar, Shabran, Siazan, Khachmaz and Quba) geographically is in Europe. The south-western part of Caucasus (including Armenia, south of Georgia and west of Azerbaijan) is located in Asia.

Teacher
Guest

Open the world map please :))))
If you need help contact me. I will be happy to teach some geo.

AM
Guest

Homophobic is you hamball ??

Polyna
Guest

One question to Kamil: can you sing “Dziwny jest ten ?wiat” as well as Hasmik? No? Then GTFO.

Nelson
Guest

I watched the video of Kamil being interviewed in Aram Mp3′ show, and I have to say Aram MP3 comes across as such a douchy guy. I remember he didin’t even care watching Egene during her perfomances in Depi Evratesil last year. So rude.
He likes to run his mouth, so he will have lots to say if Kamil (though a novelty act) makes it far in the competition.

Ron
Guest

@Nelson – he really does. And the irony is that he’s a part time comedian. Well his douchiness cost him the Eurovision trophy in 2014.

Astura Mar?jo
Guest

Ugh, I hope this doesn’t go to Eurovision. This kind of stuff is partly the reason about why Eurovision does have the reputation it has.

irish esc
Guest

omg noooooooooooooooooooooooo this is going to be cringy and horibble or a guilty pleasure : (

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

So this is going to be the Armenian “Despacito” act! I can’t wait to hear it! Better to give it to a novelty act than do what Latvia has done with Jenny May and “Soledad”.

William Lee Adams
Admin

PREACH! And she is clearly very witty. Cannot wait to see this.

Ron
Guest

Interestingly enough, Hayk Kasparov’s entry is also going to be in Spanish and he said it’s very “Despacito” like in that it’s catchy and has the potential to be a non-English hit.

Kirk
Guest

Please edit this post.

“Kitel” means “to frown”, so we can translate “chkites honqerd” as “don’t frown” or “don’t be sad”. Change translation “You Don’t Know Your Eyebrows”.

“You don’t know” is “ch-G-ites”, but not “ch-K-ites”.

beccaboo1212
Guest

Armenian “Despacito”? Hahahahahahaha! 😀