Armenia’s Depi Evratesil 2018 kicks off in February. With all 20 acts having been revealed at the end of December, we now finally get to hear the songs.
Over the course of the next four days, we’ll hear all of the entries in full, with five songs being released each day. Today’s entries include Tamar Kaprelian and Depi Evratesil 2017 act, Amaliya Margaryan.
Amaliya Margaryan — “Waiting for the Sun”
Anyone who kept a close eye on last year’s Depi Evratesil may recognise Amaliya. As part of Hayko’s team, she made it to the duel stage, before knocked out by Anna Danielyan.
Amaliya has plenty of other TV show experience, too. She competed in Russia’s Golos in 2015, making it to the duel stage there as well. She also participated in X Factor Ukraine in the same year, singing Conchita’s “Rise Like a Phoenix” in her audition.
Hayk Kasparov — “Enamórame”
Hayk is bringing multi-national flavour with his entry, “Enamórame”. The Spanish-language song is written by the team of Rafael Artesero and Jose Juan Santana. Rafael wrote Andorra’s 2005 and 2006 Eurovision entries, while the duo most recently teamed up on Maika’s “Momento critico” in Objetivo Eurovision 2017.
There’s not just Spanish flair here though. Hayk is Armenian born, but currently lives in Germany. Amongst his previous plaudits, he’s won the Golden Lyre award in 2009 for “Best Song of the Month”.
Nemra — “I’m a Liar”
Nemra are a four piece band from Yerevan. The group describe their music as “outrageous Indie rock, a dream Soft rock with elements of British rock, Folk rock and even Meditative rock”. That’s a lot of rock, y’all!
Since forming in 2012, the band have played in multiple countries. In their own words, they’ve even “created (its) imaginary Nemra planet”. The group’s name is “Armen” backwards, standing for Armenia.
Tamar Kaprelian — “Poison (Ari Ari)”
The only act in the selection with true Eurovision experience. Tamar Kaprelian was part of Armenian supergroup Genealogy in 2015, entering with “Face the Shadow”. She’s been a popular figure amongst fans since then, and has been engaging regularly with them about her entry for Depi Evratesil, “Poison (Ari Ari)”.
In an interview with wiwibloggs, Tamar says “I want people in Armenia to know me as a songwriter, as a singer and as a social entrepreneur.” Will they also know her as their Eurovision 2018 representative?
Suren Poghosyan — “The Voice”
19 year old Suren lists himself as a “singer, director, actor”. He has previously attempted to enter X Factor Armenia and won 1st place in the “Pop Vocal” category at the Resonance International Music Festival.
Suren has even covered “Face the Shadow” on his YouTube page. He’ll be hoping to be singing his own song, “The Voice”, in Lisbon.
What do you think of the five acts revealed today? Do you think Armenia has a potential winner on there hands? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!