sevak khanagyan first rehearsal eurovision 2018
Andres Putting

There’s no trickery needed here. Armenia’s Sevak Khanagyan is all about the voice, with what looks like very bare staging around him. He stands in the centre of a circle made of pillars — in a throwback to the start of the song’s music video. They’re stone plinths, helping to create a solemn atmosphere. It’s bordering on gothic at times. From there, he belts out “Qami” for all his worth, with the always trustworthy vocal that helped him win Depi Evratesil.

He’s ditched the breastplate that he wore in that performance (at least for now). Instead he wore a grey coat that had a slight ruffled effect at the back. It’s not as powerful a look, but Sevak’s voice more than makes up for it. It’s stirring at the moment, but it feels like it hasn’t quite hit its peak. We didn’t see the final run-through, which might mean there’s more to come by the time we see it again in its second rehearsal form.

Sevak Khanagyan — “Qami”: Reviews and Reactions

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Miguel

I may be wrong… But my impression is that the staging is very boring and static… Not much is happening here. Not even lights. This is a simple performance, but maybe too simple?

Sevak’s vocals are spot on.

AngieP
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AngieP

I didn’t expect less from his vocal performance! The staging looks good, I liked this circle around him. I don’t know if anything is projected on the floor, it would look cool.

Jo.
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Jo.

The song was good. The revamp made it worse, and the staging doesn’t look great. I think Austria will outshine Armenia.

Héctor
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Héctor

While I like the song, I think the general public will find it boring. In fact, Armenia has been going down in my top these weeks.

WhiteSox Paris
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WhiteSox Paris

Unexpectedly I kind of like this entry. And he’s the best vocalist this year, with Eugent from Albania.

Timo1962FI
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Timo1962FI

Team Wiwi, wake up! So much hate and bad words, so little respect here. But that’s nothing new when it comes to certain countries and their mutual relations that are not worth to mention here…

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

I don’t know what happened to Armenia this decade, but they need to fix it. I wouldn’t want to hear this man scream Qami for three minutes again in the final.

Nora
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Nora

This one looks so boring. Since the song isn’t that competitive I expected a powerful staging from them. I hope that they won’t qualify just because of diaspora thing. :/

Gabriel
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Gabriel

Armenia is one of the worst countries in the Eurovision. They constantly deliver terrible songs but always manage qualify thanks to their emigrants all over Europe.

too cool for opera
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too cool for opera

you are azer,truth???

Edgar
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Edgar

If he qualifies it will be because of juries, as he has powerful vocals. But the song is boring and people are unlikely to vote for it. And last year Armenia received only 21 points from televoting…so if a song is bad, no diaspora can save it.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

Armenia keeps the record for only diaspora televote qualifications, so I’m unsure what are you even talking about?! Juries almost never appreciate those crappy Armenian entries and neither does the European audience. You are here only due to your diaspora!

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Armenia dont have 300 million people. And now when there are only 50% televote its harder for them. But if all the armenians want to spend money on their homecountry and dont like the song its just stupid in my opinion. I have never voted for a song i didnt like even when i was abroad.

Anya
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Anya

I am not pleased with the staging, the HOD of Armenia did this to harm Sevak. She told about it and she did.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It seems too simple and Armenia has been great with staging, so probably there’s still something interesting they haven’t showed to the press. For obvious reasons, this is an entry that could make great use of wind and fog machines. Sevak’s vocals are great, he has a very imposing figure by himself and I’m glad they got rid of the breastplate.

too cool for opera
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too cool for opera

negative vote goes to you its obvios you are azer

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It’s funny how you’re defending Armenia from a positive comment about their entry. Trolls can be amusing sometimes.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

So when someone dont areee with you , you always think they are from Azerbaijan? even in real life? thats not very healthy.

Berto Rivas
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Berto Rivas

So much staging presence by himself. Amazing perfomer. Armenia will qualify from this tough semifinal.

Esteban
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Esteban

You are clinically deluded!

Andrea
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Andrea

Here’s hoping!

please
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please

I found the staging pleasant. i hope they use some type of wind machine, cause it will fit well with the theme of the song. But his vocals aren’t that impressive, especially compared to other male acts this semi like albania and austria.

Gabriel
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Gabriel

Comparing this lame Armenian chirrup to the Albanian rockstar, would be a sin! Albania has a winning artist and song this year!

Edgar
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Edgar

I am starting to be afraid that this will not qualify(( only good vocals are not enough

Denis
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Denis

The abscence of LED screens really damages this one. Could this be the year without Armenia in the final?

too cool for opera
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too cool for opera

Oh yes you are an azer

Denis
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Denis

You don’t have to be an Azeri to dislike this terrible song

Herry
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Herry

This one would have disqualified anyway, with or without led. The song and his voice are TERRIBLE!

Poster.
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Poster.

Time for both Armenia and Azerbaijan to miss the final together for the first time! There are so many better songs in the first semi.

Netta is a feminist, bad. Im not a toy.
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Netta is a feminist, bad. Im not a toy.

Yes, I really agree. Qami is okay, but Azer is awful.

D.O.Y.
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D.O.Y.

They both suck, especially the Armenian one.

Mark
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Mark

Azerbaijan is very good though. They do deserve to be in the final imo.

esc1234
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esc1234

The accounts “Kendrick” kenddr” and “annx” belong to the same person and he simply spreads hate and says offensive things about the entrants. Hope wiwi will fix this.

Netta is a feminist, bad. Im not a toy.
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Netta is a feminist, bad. Im not a toy.

Qami and Henrik Mkhitaryan are the only armenian people i know. But I love them! Go Saara!