January has been a busy month in Armenia, with AMPTV revealing the twenty songs that will compete in Depi Evratesil 2018. But things will only get busier in February with today’s news that the semi-finals of Depi Evratesil will take place on 19 and 22 February with the grand final on 25 February. From the twenty competing acts only one can go to Eurovision. Armenia is a nation of Eurovision fans, so we’re fairly certain this is going to be intense.
The field for Depi Evratesil includes many familiar faces. After representing the country as part of Genealogy in 2015, Tamar Kaprelian returns as a solo artist. Asmik Shiroyan is a fan favourite from last year’s Depi Evratesil, a show which also introduced us to the likes of Amaliya Margaryan and Gevorg Harutyunyan. There is also Mger Armenia who finished as runner-up to Inga & Anush at the Eurovision 2009 national final and is aiming for the Eurovision trophy.
AMPTV have confirmed that Depi Evratesil will consist of two semi-finals taking place on 19 and 22 February. Ten songs will compete in each semi-final, with the exact running order of both shows to be revealed on 12 February. Five songs from each semi-final will progress to the grand final, which will take place on Sunday 25 February.
The winner of Depi Evratesil will be determined by 50% televote and 50% international jury. AMPTV has opted to use an international jury to develop an idea of what the international community will appreciate.
Fans have already had their say in our Depi Evratesil poll. Currently, Tamar Kaprelian is our readers’ favourite to win the competition with her dual language song “Poison (Ari Ari)”. She leads the poll with 3,730 votes — that’s 22.02% of all votes cast.
Sevak Khanagyan is a close second with his Armenian ballad “Qami”, securing 3,064 or 18.09% of the votes.
Rounding out the top five are Robert Koloyan, Asmik Shiroyan and Kamil. There is still time to vote for your favourite in our poll, so get to it!
Are you excited for the live shows of Depi Evratesil? Who will follow in the footsteps of Artsvik to become the second Depi Evratesil winner? Let us know in the comments below.