Ahead of Eurovision 2017, Armenia’s Depi Evratesil gifted us the jewel that is Artsvik and the beauty that is Egine. Spead out over several weeks, it was Melodifestivalen for the Caucasus region and included antics from an all-star panel of judges including Iveta Mukuchyan  and Aram Mp3.

And on Friday AMPTV confirmed that Depi Evratesil — that’s “Toward Eurovision” — will once again choose the country’s act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon.

This year’s series will include four live shows and one very big difference from last year: artists that enter the competition must come with their own original song.

Depi Evratesil 2018 trailer

We’ve listed the full entry rules below — you can also read them on the official Depi Evratesil application page.

Applications must be completed by December 15 on www.eurovision.am. If you have questions you can call 091 65-00-15 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

There are a few interesting details. The selection is open to all citizens of Armenia, but also members of the Armenian diaspora living anywhere in the world.

While some of you will no doubt think of the Kardashians, our eyes and ears gravitate toward Tamar Kaprelian, the American-born singer of Armenian descent who competed at Eurovision 2015 as part of Genealogy.

Following Eurovision, the Columbia-educated beauty launched Nvak, a summer music programme that works with young people in Armenia. She recently shared a clip of herself writing a song on Facetime — perhaps with someone in Yerevan — which suggests she’ll have a song ready to go long before the December 15 Depi Evratesil deadline.

The brief snippet sounds ethnic, upbeat and danceable — in our minds, the perfect Eurovision entry. Do you want her to submit it to producers?

Besides former Eurovision contestants, we’d also expect to hear from some of last year’s Depi Evratesil singers, including semi-finalist Suzy and finalist Marta, both of whom grew as performers over the course of the series.

And then there is Egine — no doubt the most memorable of last year’s hopefuls (in our eyes, anyway). Blessed with natural charisma and endless beauty, her vocals improved dramatically as she advanced in the show.

Her cover of “Burnin’ Up”, which you can watch below, shows her mastery of attitude and body language, which she deploys with the confidence of a seasoned performer.

Depi Evratesil 2018: Full rules and regulations

  • The participation in this project is free of charge.
  • You must be a citizen of the Republic of Armenia or be of Armenian descent (living anywhere in the world).
  • To be eligible to participate in the project, you must be at least 16 years old on 8th of May, 2018.
  • You can apply for the project as a solo artist, a duet or a group. If you are applying as a group, the maximum number of members must be 6. In any case, only one application must be submitted per entry.
  • You must apply to the competition with an original song, that must not be published or publicly performed before 30th September, 2017. This means, that the submitted song can’t be available on internet platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and so on. The submitted song must not be aired via television, radio or any other streaming services before the above-mentioned date.
  • The submitted song must not be longer than 3 minutes.
  • You can apply only and audition only once.
  • You must submit your personal information (such as name, surname etc.) as it is stated in your passport. If the provided information is not valid your application won’t be considered.
  • In your application, you will be asked to attach a photo of yourself (JPEG or GIF) and an audio (MP3 or WAV) recording of your submitted song.
  • In your application you will be asked to send us a video of you singing live or acapella. It could be any song of your choice, but it MUST NOT be the song you are submitting for the project.
  • You will be asked to attach all the necessary documents proving the ownership of the copyrights and/or distribution rights for the submitted song. Should you fail to provide these documents, your application will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact us.
  • Please check your e-mail frequently as If you qualify for the next phase of the auditions, you will receive an email with the necessary instructions.
  • Please read the Terms and Conditions section carefully before submitting your application.

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Richardinho
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Richardinho

Would definitely like to see the return of Tamar Kaprelian as a solo artist- or maybe as part of a romantic duet? Preferably with me, with someone who can sing would be good too.

AngieP
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AngieP

I like the idea of an original song. Covers are not helpful. But what are they going to do in 4 live shows?

#pioneer
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#pioneer

Hope to see Hasmik Shiroyan again, I think with the right song she could be good…

Nerus
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Yes, she will participate

Marcus (Day One)
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Marcus (Day One)

I never understood national selections that are just artist covering songs.
I means it’s all well and good if your singer can belt out Whitney Houston bit if they have a lousy song they’re not going to do well.
I like that they’re having artist submit songs and compete that way although I hope the songs aren’t performed 10 times like Lithuania because a eurovision song needs to capture your attention straight away and not be a grower that takes multiple listens.

Siranush
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Siranush

I hope Srbuk participates!

Denis
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Denis

Multiple shows and semi-finals seem to be a trend again. More and more countries favour this approach, it seems. Good thing, you can never have enough of good songs!

Hada
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Hada

Armenian diaspora can enter? Maybe one day we’ll have System Of A Down in Eurovision ?

No Name
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No Name

Egine’s vocals are something to die for. Literally.

beccaboo1212
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I want Lidushik to participate! 😀

Kate
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Kate

If Egine comes back – and, god forbid, actually WINS – I will completely lose faith in Armenia. Her vocals did improve last year but she’s still absolutely terrible.

beccaboo1212
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Relax! Egine’s vocals are just fine! 😮

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Clean those rusty ears, Becky (part 2).

West
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West

Oh, come on – she did have at least few good moments, but yeah – her main appeal was her body. On the other hand – Iveta Mukuchyan is way worse singer and she ended up on the 7th place, so maybe they should repeat this with Egine -> put her in sexy outfit, give her backing singers that will hide her voice and road to top 10 is open.

ninasublatti
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ninasublatti

just internally select Egine ffs

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

They’re doing this ripped mess of a show again? The covers we got to hear last year were mostly AWFUL. I wish my ears would forget Artsvik’s butcher of A Million Voices.

Ron
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Ron

It was actually a really well organized show. Some of the covers weren’t great but hey that doesn’t mean the show overall was bad.

Anna
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Anna

He (she) even don’t understand that its a different format with the same name. What did you expect from this critic.

Anna
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Anna

*doesn’t
of course

beccaboo1212
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Relax, Polegend! I personally thought Artsvik’s cover of “A Million Voices” was pretty good. 🙂

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

She forgot the lyrics, and she was out of tune all the time. Time to clean those rusty ears, Becky!