It might only be October, but the Eurovision 2017 national selection season is well and truly underway. Praise. Armenia’s three-month long selection competition, Depi Evratesil, began on October 1st, after filming started last month.
With a smorgasbord of Armenian Eurovision talent on the jury, the first episode launched the audition phase of the competition. Firstly, the fabulous judging panel was introduced. It consists of Iveta Mukuchyan (2016), Aram MP3 (2014), Essaï (2015, as part of Genealogy), sisters Inga and Anush Arshakyan (2009, with Inga also forming part of Genealogy in 2015) and Hayko (2007).
After the judges were introduced, the competition started for real. The first Eurovision hopefuls began their auditions and many left a big impression on the judges (for reasons good or bad). You can watch the first episode in full below.
One contestant decided to audition with a song that has actually won Eurovision, a smart move one would think. Starting at 18:55 into the video, Monica Manucharova performs Ruslana’s “Wild Dances”, the winning song from 2004.
The high energy performance made quite an impression on Inga. She admitted that they could work well together. But while Inga was impressed by Monica’s sound and her drive, alas, it was not to be. Only two judges pressed their buttons, with a majority of four needed to advance to the next round. Harsh but inevitable.
One act who did advance was the show-stopping Ijin (she also goes by the name Egine), who performed Miley Cyrus’ hit “Wrecking Ball”, which you can see at 39:15. Iveta was clearly confused at first. However, Ijin’s stage presence soon won the judges over, convincing 5 of 6 jurors to press their buttons. Iveta stated that she loved Ijin’s look and presence and wanted to give her another chance, even though her vocals need some work.
A short clip of each of the qualifiers from the first episode is shown at the end of the episode, starting at 1:21:35. The second episode of auditions will air next weekend, when more hopefuls will try to impress their way to Eurovision.
What do you think of the first round of auditions of Depi Evratesil? Is there a potential Eurovision winner in the mix? Let us know in the comments below.