Depi Evratesil Episode 11 Armenia

Depi Evratesil — Armenia’s three-month long national selection for Eurovision 2017 — finally moved its live shows this weekend. With only six contestants still in the running, the competition is getting fierce. And this week two acts had to be cut, taking us down to four.

In this round, the four artists were determined by 50% jury vote and 50% televote. To prevent bias, the star-studded jury panel — each of whom has overseen a handful of acts — did not vote. Instead, nine other professional jurors ranked the six acts, awarding 6 points to their favourite, 5 to their second favourite and so forth. Televoters had 15 minutes to cast their vote after all of the performances.

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

Marta, the last surviving member of Anush’s team, performed first. She’s been getting stronger throughout the competition and, with several favourites eliminated last week, this seemed like her time to shine. Marta covered Beyonce’s “Naughty Girl” and oozed star power. Setting the bar incredibly high, Marta proved that she is the one to beat. This was arguably the strongest performance of the night and Marta remains the dark horse to win it all.

Arcvik performed next, covering Christina Aguilera’s “Hurt“. She’s always been a huge favourite to win — she previously won in a unanimous vote and has been a consistent performer. Boasting some of the best vocals in the competition, Arcvik slays ballad after ballad. Today was no exception.

Next up was Team Wiwi favourite Egine, who dazzled once again with her cover of Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody“. As usual, Egine was full of energy and packed in some enchanting dance moves. She is here to slay and she did just that.

Fourth up was Lucy, who knocked out Lilit Harutyunyan in a big upset last week. Lucy made the risky decision to sing her own song “Turn Around“. Time would tell if her risk would pay off, but Lucy certainly proved why she deserves her place in the live shows. Lucy has been on our radar since her cover of “Euphoria” and she delivered another powerful performance.

The fifth performer was Suzanna Melkonyan, performing “Je Suis Malade“. Suzanna has the vocals to slay any ballad thrown her way — even in French. But at this stage of the competition vocals alone may not be enough to get an act through.

The last to perform was Vahe Aleksanyan, covering Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall“. Our readers were upset when Iveta selected Vahe over Hasmik last week. Vahe showed definite signs of improvement as he took on this challenging song. While fans may have hoped to see Hasmik in the live shows, Vahe certainly held his own.

As the voting took place, we were treated to a special guest performance by the runners-up of Junior Eurovision 2016 — Anahit & Mary. Their performance of “Tarber” had all the disco funk realness we saw in Malta. The delightful duo has only grown stronger in the weeks since their smashing performance in Malta.

As the votes were tallied, each contestant performed a duet with their mentor. Egine nailed a Spanish ballad with mentor Hayko. And Vahe and Iveta worked matching urban looks that really stood out in a sea of ballads.

The votes were then revealed, with the Top Four set to advance to next week’s show.

Jury Vote Results:

  1. Marta — 48 points
  2. Vahe Aleksanyan — 33 points
  3. Arcvik — 32 points
  4. Suzanna Melkonyan — 31 points
  5. Egine — 25 points
  6. Lucy — 20 points

Televote Results:

  1. Marta — 49 points
  2. Arcvik — 39 points
  3. Suzanna Melkonyan — 36 points
  4. Egine — 33 points
  5. Lucy — 17 points
  6. Vahe Aleksanyan — 15 points

Combined Results:

  1. Marta — 97 points
  2. Arcvik — 71 points
  3. Suzanna Melkonyan — 67 points
  4. Egine — 58 points
  5. Vahe Aleksanyan — 48 points (Eliminated)
  6. Lucy — 37 points (Eliminated)

Team Wiwi favourite Egine hangs on to fight another day, while Marta went from being the dark horse to the favourite. Interestingly, both Aram MP3 and Iveta Mukuchyan’s teams were eliminated after both sent home big favourites last week.

The gender of Armenia’s representative is also confirmed, with Vahe — the last male contestant — eliminated from the competition. We’re having a girl, y’all!

Will Marta continue to top the leaderboard? Can Egine survive next week? Who will win Depi Evratesil? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mark Beckenbreur
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Mark Beckenbreur

True, the sound was bad.

mawnck
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mawnck

Sorry guys … I know you’ll all hate me for this, but I’m SO SICK of these squeaky super-white chicks trying to sing soul music and getting rewarded for it. (See also: Laura Tesoro.) I’m sitting here cringing, watching Marta trying to chirp out that Beyonce track, making a fool of herself … and topping the damn voting. SMH. Arcvik and Suzanna were both better than she was vocally, and Egine was just as good. Marta needs to stick to the jazzier stuff and stop trying to be Beyonce. She ain’t never gonna be Beyonce. All that being said, given… Read more »

JESSIE
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JESSIE

Who is Artsvik? Look at her song? 40 seconds of horror. ?RTSVIK YOU ARE AMATEUR

Ron
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Ron

@Felix – it’s a really interesting show. I think the concept is very refreshing and new for Eurovision and easy to follow. @Diana – I completely agree with you. I was very disappointed especially given that she has a beautiful voice and had chosen the perfect song to show her vocals. Based on that performance, she should have been eliminated with Vahe being the fourth finalist instead. My ranking of the night was: 1. Egine – She sounded great while dancing the whole time. 2. Vahe – I think it was unfair that he was eliminated. He sang beautifully. He… Read more »

Felixxx
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Felixxx

is it just me or is armenia’s national selection the only interesting and most talked about one i watch all of their shows even if i don’t understand armenian:)

Diana
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Diana

Still can’t understand, how Artsvic got a second place. She failed her performance, forgot the text of the song. This is unacceptable for such competition.
Egine is my favorite. She proves many -many times, that she is a professional.

Hoimed
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Hoimed

YEREVAN2018

Karen Hovsepyan
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Karen Hovsepyan

Let’s be honest Egine is the obvious winner with televotes and she was born for Eurovision ,we all know that Martas votes were fake .Cause just look at the Egines youtube views and likes and her instagram .she has so many fans and supporters they all crazy about her .And I voted for her as well but i gonna be honest i wasn’t her fan at the beginning but i can see what a workaholic she is getting better every time and now i’m sure that she can represent our country the best way ,and i think it was true… Read more »

Helena
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Helena

I bet hasmik would have gotten all the televotes- i still don’t understand why iveta chose vahe , well at least he’s out of the game now

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

marta won me over as soon as she covered erykah badu
iconic
hope she wins <3

Suren
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Suren

Egine killed it again .Hands down she is a true artist Every performance by her is so entertaining and the way she dances and sings at the same time just wow . Artcvik was off the key and forgot the lyrics , Suzi is not interesting at all for me , Marta only for small stages ..I think because it was live stream a lot of them couldn’t control their nerves and messed up and we saw who is really ready for the Eurovision

fikri
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fikri

is this armenia’s next top model? all the finalists are gorgeous!

Harut
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Harut

Marta or Arcvik .Both are amazing but Marta is so unique and so beautiful

F*CM IVETA
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F*CM IVETA

Glad vahe and lucy are out . Marta or artsvik ftw I like egine but I don’t think people will take her seriously

Ron
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Ron

Clearly Armenians were not kiddin when they said they wanted Hasmik instead of Vahe. He finished second with judges and dead last with viewers even though I think his performance was great.

it’s so funny that oikotimes was claiming exclusively that Lucy had won lol she finished last. What a joke of a website.

I’ll be happy if either Marta or Egine win. Honestly I didn’t think Artsvik deserved to qualify after last nights performance. She forgot the lyrics to the song and was off key at times. Marta on the other hand was wow!

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

I’m lowkey shook, I thought Egine was the obvious winner and instead she barely qualified.

Cateleen
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Cateleen

Marta all the way <3 my favourite with the auditions. But I'll be equally happy with Artsvik or Syuzanna Melqonyan, just not Egine, she is pretty and I wish her luck in her future career but after so many talented singers got eliminated it would be a shame if she won.

Helena
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Helena

I think the fact that vahe and lucy got eliminated was probably armeniens proving a point against iveta and aram mp3 – but anyways everyone who got to the next round definitely deserved it

matilda teodora
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matilda teodora

I hope Marta will win, she’s got the looks. She is a performer, sings so well and had performances full of energy. Egine is a good dancer, but vocally she is not on point.