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.
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?
FT writing session…
What could we be working on???? ?? pic.twitter.com/UWp0AWTUPh
— Tamar Kaprelian (@TamarKaprelian) October 19, 2017
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.