Back in July, Armenia’s AMPTV teased us with details of their new national selection format for Eurovision 2017 —Depi Evratesil. A few weeks later, the country’s 2016 singer Iveta Mukuchyan exclusively told us that both she and the 2014 representative Aram MP3 would be involved with the selection in some capacity. And now we can reveal all. Iveta and Aram are joining a judging panel which is a veritable who’s who of Armenian Eurovision talent.
The two singers are set to be joined on the six person jury by Essaï Altounian (one sixth of 2015 supergroup Genealogy), sisters Anush and Inga Arshakyan (2009, with Inga also forming part of Genealogy) and Hayko (2007).
Iveta Mukuchyan talks Depi Evratesil in London
Further details have also been released about the show itself, which is already billed as Armenia’s biggest ever national selection. The televised segment of Depi Evratesil is due to begin at some point in September and will take place across four rounds. Hundreds of artists are expected to audition before the six stars, with each judge hoping to pick the best for their team. The judges will then mentor their chosen acts as the show progresses, but only one will be able to guide an act all the way to the Eurovision stage.
Overall, the selection is expected to last for a whopping three months. AMPTV is still accepting applications from Armenian singers or singers of Armenian descent up until 25 August. The application form can be found here.
Aram MP3 interview at Eurovision 2014
Genealogy interview at Eurovision 2015
After three years of internally selected artists and songs, is a national selection the way to go? Is Armenia on the path to success? Let us know in the comments below.