After three weeks of auditions, Round Two of Depi Evratesil is now underway. The three-month long Armenian national selection has been full of soaring voices and raw talent (not to mention a few misplaced hopes). But with the wannabes and the real things now sorted, the show is really heating up. All of this week’s performers have already impressed the star-studded judging panel once and are now competing to join the judges’ teams.
In Round Two, the judges have the option of pressing their buttons in the last ten seconds of each performance. The first judge to press their button gets the artist, with each judge looking for four artists to join their team. If none of the judges press their button in this period, the contestant is eliminated from the competition. This is getting serious, y’all!
Nine artists performed this week and you can watch the full episode below.
Performing first at 6:40 was Veronica Grigoryan. In last week’s episode, she caught our eye by covering Ani Lorak’s “Shady Lady“. If you were looking for another Eurovision cover, Veronica did not disappoint. This time, she sang Bosnia & Herzegovina’s 2007 entry — Marija Sestic’s “Rijeka Bez Imena“. Bringing the Balkan realness to Armenia, she impressed the judges but they were looking for a different style to send to Eurovision. Perhaps the judges weren’t aware that Bosnia & Herzegovina finished eleventh with this song.
Perhaps the most memorable contestant in the auditions was Egine. She made it through in the first episode with her cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” despite her questionable vocals, with the judges impressed by her look and her stage presence. This week she chose to cover Rihanna’s “Sledgehammer“, starting at 16:15. Despite some more shaky vocals, Hayko pressed his button, beating Iveta to the punch. Hayko stated that they could work to improve her vocals and prepare her for Eurovision.
There were many other familiar faces among the contestants this week — including Christina Mangasaryan, who sang “Euphoria” last week. This time, she performed P!nk’s “Try“, starting at 37:50. Christina was one of Iveta’s backing vocalists at Eurovision 2016 and her friend was quick to press her button, eyeing the other judges to back off. Can Iveta lead her backing vocalist towards becoming her Eurovision successor?
The final performer of the night was Rob Avalyan and the show ended the same way it started — with a Eurovision 2007 cover. This time, it was the Greek entry — Sarbel’s “Yassou Maria“. Starting at 46:20, the performance was full of energy and he won over the crowd. The judges were also impressed but Iveta said that it is very difficult to choose and they have to be very strict with their choices in this round.
There was plenty of talent among the rest of the field, with six of the nine performers earning a spot on the judges’ teams. As of this episode, the current teams are:
- Aram MP3 — Lucy and Saro Gevorgyan
- Inga — Suzanna Melkonyan
- Essaï — Opera Viva
- Iveta — Christina Mangasaryan
- Hayko — Egina
- Anush — None
Round Two continues next week, when more contestants will fight for a place in the next round.
What do you think of Round Two so far? Is the winner among this week’s acts? Let us know in the comments below.