Depi Evratesil — Armenia’s three-month long national selection — is now into Round Three. Last week, six intense duels took place and six artists advanced to Round Four. This week, six more duels took place and the Final Twelve contestants were determined. With so much talent on display, the star-studded judging panel had some tough decisions to make.

In Round Three, one act from two of the judges’ teams will compete against one another in a duel. After those performances, the other five judges will vote for their favourite. Once their votes are revealed, the coach also votes but their vote is worth three points, meaning that they can potentially override a majority decision of their colleagues. The artist with the most points after this will advance to Round Four.

You can watch this week’s episode in full below.

The first duel was within Team Aram MP3, with Lilit Harutyunyan facing off against Jujo. Lilit has been a favourite with our readers and she showed off her impressive vocals in the previous round. This week, she covered Jessie J’s “Price Tag“. Following a dazzling performance, all five judges voted for Lilit, with Aram MP3 giving his three votes to Jujo as a consolation prize. Lilit remains a strong contender to win the entire competition as she won one of the toughest duels of the round.

The second duel pitted Narine Jinanyan against Syuzanna Melkonyan on Team Inga. All five judges voted for Syuzanna in a very similar vote. Inga’s three votes went as a consolation prize to Narine but Syuzanna joined Lilit in the Final Twelve.

Hayko’s team was the third to duel, with Eva Kans battling Team Wiwi favourite Egine. Eva Kans polarised the judges in the previous round with her performance of “We Are the World”. On the other hand, Egine came in like a “Wrecking Ball” in the auditions and knocked us out with a “Sledgehammer” in Round Two. This time, she covered “Burnin’ Up“, the second Jessie J cover of the episode. The performance had it all and the judges were impressed with the obvious improvement in Egine’s previously shaky vocals. Essaï even compared her to a Vegas showgirl! In just three minutes, Egine has gone from being our favourite novelty act to a genuine contender in this competition.

The remaining auditions also tossed up some big surprises. On Anush’s team, Anna Sedrakyan was eliminated, despite being a perennial favourite of our readers. She lost in a unanimous 8-0 vote to Alexander Plato, whose unusual performances continue to impress the judges. Marissa, who covered “Sweet People” and received a second chance despite not being selected, was also eliminated. She lost in a close 3-2 vote to Opera Viva on Team Essaï, which became 6-2 after Essaï voted.

The final duel of the round featured another of our favourites on Team Iveta. Sona Dunoyan — who dazzled us with covers of Meghan Trainor and Justin Bieber —was a “Dangerous Woman” this week, as she took on Ariana Grande. Despite another incredible performance, Sona was another victim of a shock elimination, losing out to Vahe Aleksanyan. Vahe advanced in a 7-1 vote and our favourite girl with a guitar crashed out.

With Round Three and its duels all over, the remaining contestants are as follows:

  • Aram MP3 — Lucy and Lilit Harutyunyan
  • Inga — Suzanna Melkonyan and Gevorg Harutyunyan
  • Essaï — Opera Viva and Arcvik
  • Iveta — Vahe Aleksanyan and Hasmik Siroyan
  • Hayko — Egine and Anna Danielyan
  • Anush — Marta and Alexander Plato

Round Four kicks off next week, with the competition very much heating up. Only weeks remain before Armenia will decide the artist who will sing at Eurovision 2017.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Who do you think will win Depi Evratesil? Let us know in the comments below.

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Dominic
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Dominic

liv_franz you are idiot if you don`t understand how great singer is Egin. And she is nor plastic, she just wery beautiful. For me she is nomber 1 so far. And i want she win ESC Top model 2017. Armenia please choose Egine, please

liv_franz
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liv_franz

I’m gonna be brutaly honest here if armenia chooses egine – they will 100% fail to qualify I’m just sooo confused :how can a nation be soooo deaf and blind she looks extremely plastic and her dance looked more like a worm wiggling it was sooo cringy and she simply DOESN’T HAVE A VOICE if they had blind audition they would have never chosen her

Fill Collin
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Fill Collin

I just watched Egines performance and gotta tell ya she has the star quality for sure and hope she will be the winner .Much love from Sweden

liv_franz
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liv_franz

By the way I’m still liv i just had to change devices for this comment

liv_franz
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liv_franz

@Ron na i think hasmik is better than vahe and that Polish song she sang is really one of the hardest songs and she killed it even better than the original one i’ts especially hard for a non native speaker as polish is one of the hardest languages out there but that’s just my opinion however I’d be very disappointed if engine makes it to the final and not hasmik that would be bananas

Karen Hovsepyan
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Karen Hovsepyan

The last performance Egine made me to become her fan that was really good

Ron
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Ron

@liv_franz – As far as we know so far she did proceed to the next round. Two artists from each coach has proceeded to the next round. From Team Iveta Hasmik and Vahe are those artists, but some local fans who were probably at the live auditions that have not aired yet have speculated that Hasmik has been eliminated and Iveta has chosen to keep Vahe, but those are just speculations. In all honesty though, as much as I love Hasmik, Vahe is the better singer. He has a very radio friendly voice and can definitely represent Armenia well with… Read more »

Sonya Karapetyan
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Sonya Karapetyan

Egine is the winner . She is an incredible artist

liv_franz
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liv_franz

ANSWER ME PLEASE IS IT TRUE THAT HASMIK ISN´T IN THE FINAL ROUND ???????? I DON´T UNDERSTAND THE SHOW ANYWAY BUT AT LEAST I KNOW WHO MADE IT TO THE NEXT ROUND !!!! IS SHE OR ISN´T ????? IF NOT THERE IS ABSOLUTLY NO POINT FOR ME WATCHING THE SHOW ANYMORE:(((((((((((((((

Logan
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Logan

@Mark – I’m sure it’s nothing personal. I guess they just didn’t estimate how popular it would become. If it’s any consolation, Essai throws in some English words here and there

emora
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emora

i mean by this show

emora
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emora

@khm shouldn´t it be hayko instead not being capable of a fair judgment i think they shoud apply blind auditions and call it the voice- i was – in the beginning – very pleasently surprised of this show but then egine happened i thought it was a joke because they even mentioned that they just included her because of her looks – i´m not even gonna rant about that- seeing how far she came and why i´m just very disapointed in my country they simply do not realize how much this demages our reputation

Mark Beckenbreur
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Mark Beckenbreur

It’s a shame they don’t translate it for us. Subtitles? Maybe?
Well, I unfollowed their instagram account for this reason. They aren’t bothered about it.
But i’m watching DE every week.

khm
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khm

Iveta should be banned from every kind of competitions where there we have a mentor system (like The Voice and DE) because she isn’t thinking with her head, but with her vagina. -_-

Robyn Gallagher
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Hasmik fans: We have mentioned your queen in four different articles, including her two most recent performances. We even featured her in one article after a particularly memorable performance. It would be unfair to the other contestants to write more about Hasmik, especially in reviews of shows that she did not appear in.

We are very much enjoying Depi Evratesil and are impressed with the range and quality of singers the show has discovered.

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

i actually love all of the participants except for alexander plato
what armenia is doing right now is really cool and unique, really no NF is like this
not getting the hasmik shiroyan hype

Pollaski
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Pollaski

@Emely Harutyunyan

ORLY? Shall we go hit the wayback machine?

*TIME TRAVEL*
Iveta’s team was the last to duel. Iveta’s 2016 backing vocalist Christina Mangasaryan went up against Hasmik Siroyan. Christina has previously covered Loreen and Pink, while Hasmik’s last performance had Iveta mashing her button. The initial vote was 3-2 in favour of Hasmik, the closest vote of the episode. Ultimately, Iveta said goodbye to her friend Christina, believing that Hasmik was more prepared to bear the burden of Eurovision.
*/TIME TRAVEL*

Her duel got a paragraph. Everybody else’s duel got a paragraph.

Emely Harutyunyan
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Emely Harutyunyan

@Pollaski
Nothing about her was written last week. About her for an unknown reason did not write anything at the wiwibloggs, actually. They just write about their “favorites”. It is not right. People should be aware of all the participants.

Pollaski
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Pollaski

@Not Armenian @Emely Harutyunyan

Because, rocket scientists, this post was about THIS week’s episode, and Hasmik sang LAST week.

Aram Yeghanyan
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Aram Yeghanyan

Wow. I am from Armenia. And then all support Hasmik Shiroyan from team of Iveta Mukuchyan. I’m shocked. You do not write about her. She is a favorite, she has a very strong voice. Apparently wiwibloggs not like talented Armenian singers. They like talentless plastic Barbie. You should be ashamed.

Emely Harutyunyan
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Emely Harutyunyan

Seriously. Where is something Hasmik Shiroyan? She is a favorite from the people.

Not Armenian
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Not Armenian

@Antranig Shokayan Are you kidding? Wiwibloggs, wake up! Why do not you write anything about Hasmik Shiroyan? It’s ? singer with a powerful voice, conquered Russia, Ukraine, Armenia and Poland. Write about her! Why do you keep her in the shade? Shame on you! Instead, you write about Elina, who sings like giving birth the female rhino. Hasmik was in The Voice of Ukraine. In the Ani Lorak’s (Ukrainian Eurovision candidate 2008). Europeans, you should know about it! Her voice is very strong. She sings like an American singers with the powerful vocals. It’s amazing. Just watch all of her… Read more »

MatthewBof
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I want to adopt Alexander Plato as my weird uncle.

I am not Jamala
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I am not Jamala

Egine really? She sounds like a squirrel being choked! Bad!

Ron
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Ron

@Ando – please don’t spoil it for everyone.

Ryan
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Ryan

@James
Essai say the final is 24 December, you can check hi FB

Ando
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I can tell you the final names of the competitors : Lucy + Vahe + Igin + Marta + Artsvik + Syuzanna :

James
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James

Do we have any info on a schedule. I know we are unsure exactly how the next round will play out but does anyone know how many shows are left and when the final is?

Love this show.. its very high quality and one of the most professional selection shows ive seen recently. I hope the winner and the song match the quality of the show..if so Armenia has a very good chance next year as they really seem to be one of the few countries pushing and pushing for a win.

Ron
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Ron

Oh and also I feel like I have more confidence in Armenia hosting the Eurovision if they win after this show.

Ron
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Ron

I must say, I’m surprised at the very high quality of this show. This is literally a voice-like concept originated in Armenia. My favorites to win are 1 Egine 2. Vahe and 3. The other girl from Iveta’s team can’t remember her name.

Robyn Gallagher
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For about a year, the Wikipedia page for ByeAlex described him as “the most famous hipster in Hungary”. I want to describe Alexander Plato as the most famous hipster in Armenia.

Sparrow
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Sparrow

As far as I’m concerned Hasmik Shiroyan has already won this show. Might as well just send the rest home now.

Chance
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Chance

How does the next stage work? I speak zero Armenian, so I haven’t been able to understand what people are saying, but thankfully the format so far has been pretty self-explanatory (who ever is updating the wiki has been good and explaining)