Following their return to the Top 10 in 2016, Armenia announced a return to a national final format for Eurovision 2017.
And on Wednesday Armenia’s First Channel gave us the first peak of “Depi Evratesil” — or “To Eurovision” — in a news report uploaded online and aired on national television.
Filming of the three-month long competition to find Armenia’s next representative is underway and viewers will be able to follow the journey from October 1. But let’s go ahead and have a look…
Following a two-month application process, selected singers will now perform in front of a star-studded Eurovision panel in their bid to represent the country. That panel consists of Iveta Mukuchyan (Eurovision 2016), Aram MP3 (2014), Essaï Altounian (2015, as part of Genealogy) Inga and Anush Arshakyan (2009, with Inga also forming part of Genealogy) and Hayko (2007).
Hundreds of artists will audition in front of the judges in a format similar to The X Factor. The judges will mentor the selected acts as the show progresses, but only one will win the ticket to represent Armenia on the Eurovision stage.
In the news clip the judges all give their input on the program.
Essaï says that he is looking for confidence on stage, while Iveta seeks the person who can best represent the country as a whole. The competition offers a chance for established and new artists alike to compete. Will David slay Goliath? We’ll see…
Armenia at Eurovision
Armenia has used an internal selection to select its artist and entry in recent years, with Aram MP3 recording their best recent result — finishing fourth in Copenhagen with his dramatic dubstep ballad “Not Alone“.
In 2016, Armenia was represented by Iveta Mukuchyan, who finished seventh with the avant-garde “LoveWave“.
Are you excited for Armenia’s new national final “Depi Evratesil”? Should they have stayed with an internal selection? Let us know in the comments below.