After a fast-paced Super Saturday in which not one but five Eurovision songs were chosen, the spotlight turns to Armenia on Sunday. The semi-finals of Depi Evratesil produced some interesting results. Hot favourite Tamar Kaprelian did not make it through, nor did social media darlings Gata Band. But the field is as fierce as ever, with several contenders for the crown tonight.

Following the second semi-final, we asked you who should win Depi Evratesil. After counting a total of 2,802 votes, drag queen Kamil came out on top. The diva singing “Puerto Rico” received 666 votes, equal to 23.77% of those cast. Our readers think Armenia should mix things up and send a Spanish song to Eurovision. The energetic performance of “Puerto Rico” clearly won our readers over.

Depi Evratesil returnee Asmik Shiroyan was a close runner-up, amassing 606 votes, or 21.63%.

The “You and I” singer was the last finalist announced for tonight’s grand final. In the absence of Tamar, Asmik is the Wiwi Jury’s favourite in the grand final.

She finished a close second to Kamil in our poll and could give the diva a run for her money.

Interestingly, neither of those songs has a strong Armenian identity. While our international readers may not care about that, Armenian voters might. And that leads us to another favourite — who is singing totally in the national language.

Sevak Khanagyan will be performing “Qami”, the only Armenian song in the grand final.

He collected 527 votes — that’s 18.81% of all those cast. Sevak and “Qami” finished narrowly behind Asmik Shiroyan with the Wiwi Jury and that trend continued with our fan poll.

Poll results: Who should win Depi Evratesil 2018?

  1. Kamil Show — “Puerto Rico” 23.77% (666 votes)
  2. Asmik Shiroyan — “You and I” 21.63% (606 votes)
  3. Sevak Khanagyan — “Qami” 18.81% (527 votes)
  4. Amaliya Margaryan — “Waiting for the Sun” 10.49% (294 votes)
  5. Robert Koloyan — “Get Away With Us” 6.53% (183 votes)
  6. Gevorg Harutyunyan — “Stand Up” 6.32% (177 votes)
  7. Nemra — “I’m a Liar” 5% (140 votes)
  8. Mariam — “Fade” 4.07% (114 votes)
  9. Lusine Mardanyan — “If You Don’t Walk Me Home” 2.21% (62 votes)
  10. Mger Armenia — “Forever” 1.17% (33 votes)

All ten acts took to the stage in the jury final yesterday. The grand final will take place tonight at 21:40 local time (that’s 17:40 GMT or 18:40 CET). You can tune in to all the action on the live stream on YouTube.

Will “Puerto Rico” head to Portugal? Who should win Depi Evratesil 2018? Let us know in the comments below.

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MoscowCalling

I still wonder what are the criteria of jury voting? Kamil was given 2 points. Ok, we conclude they evaluate vocals. Then why Mger Armenia was given only a point? His vocals were better than Kamil’s, Gevorg’s, Lusine’s and Robert’s. Maybe they are evaluating the songs? Ok, then is Asmik’s song really that bad? Discrepancies between jury votes and televoting are enormous. Jury downvoted Mger and Kamil… Was Robert really that good??? I think Armenia should get rid of jury voting. The people are deciding who they want to represent THEM (not the jury). Thanks god Kamil didn’t get 12… Read more »

Ron
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Ron

HERE’S A MIDDLE FINGER TO EVERYONE WHO SAID THE RESULTS WERE GOING TO BE FIXED FOR MGER TO WIN. SEVAK WON FAIR AND SQUARE BY BOTH INTERNATIONAL JURY AND VIEWERS.

SurovySuvorov
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SurovySuvorov

Those hysteric conspiracy theories were really annoying… First lady sent Emmy now she wants Mger blah-blah-blah… Who are behind those ungrounded statements? I guess Azerbaijanis.

LiGhts
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LiGhts

Ah, man, it wasn’t us Azerbaijanis… It was Armenians themselves who said that.. Come on.. This is so disgusting…

Ron
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Ron

Nope not by Azeris. Armenians are the ones claiming these crazy conspiracies. Has nothing to do with Azeris or Azerbaijan.

Yerevan is calling
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Yerevan is calling

Atleast one idiot won’t be back to selection Foreeeeveeeer!

oli
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oli

Sevak has won. I love it

Jo
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Jo

Thank god!

Evan
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Evan

The island of Puerto Rico has gone through so much recently. I’d hate to add to it by having them forced to listen to a clownish drag queen sing about their home. Asmik or Sevak for the win.

Ari
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Ari

Scariest transvestite ever.

Ari
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Ari

Also, I am pretty sure Puerto Rico is not a good to place for having fun right now what with all the electricity and water issues.

Siglodeoro
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Siglodeoro

No.

Colin
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Colin

After the live, I concluded that Amaliya has to win! She was stunning, on point and ESC ’18 still doesn’t have a big diva ballad. If not her, than Robert Koloyan, with his amazing show, Gevorg, with his amazing show, or Nemra, with their cute and catchy entry. If one of them wins, I might even forgive the elimination of Poison. Kamil was WTF, but that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? I guess it would be bold sending it, since at least it will be talked about. Asmik was good, but kind of in a scale of a typical… Read more »

gigou
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gigou

Great to see Verka Serduchka back !! :p

Ian
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Ian

Sending Kamil Show to Eurovision will result the same way for Armenia, that sending Dustin The Turkey resulted for Ireland.

…Actually it probably result worse, since Ireland in 2008 is still remembered as an at least amusing act to watch.

Dear Mark
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Dear Mark

I see nothing amusing in that Irish entry.

Colin
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Colin

There is nothing streaming on You Tube and AMPTV link is broken too. Link please…

Colin
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Colin

Oh, it’s just late, but it’s here. Nevermind.

Anfrers
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Anfrers

Puerto Rico may seem like a Fun entry but it’s also serving superb vocals (Not by Kamil) and a really great party anthem.

RumahDara
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RumahDara

It’s funny when everyone talking this joke entry is irrelevant while they pretending that entry like “Party for Everybody”, “Aina Mun Pitaa” or “No Prejudice” doesn’t exist

Milan S.
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Milan S.

“Aina mun pitaa” is a joke entry?! Please tell me you didn’t know what you were saying…

Torr
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Torr

But at least on those the singer was singing. Not the backing vocals

Kamilian
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Kamilian

I absolutely love this. And the song is great, even if it still is a joke entry. I am absolutely loving the fact that the backing singers do all the job AND they are acknowledged for it. They appear a lot on camera, and to me this is kind of a response to how nowadays a lot of “serious” entries at Eurovision are based on hidden backing singers that do all the job, while the main singer gets all the credit. Here the backing singers do all the job but Kamil is not hiding it – it’s actually the opposite,… Read more »

Azaad
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Azaad

Lucie had no backing singers last year…

Kamilian
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Kamilian

I was thinking about Demy

Torr
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Torr

But the song it doesn’t featuring anyone so i

Rick Narcoisian
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Asmik for the win<3

Boy
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And people say Sweden have bad Songs this year.

TJ
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TJ

Oh, how I LOOOVE people who desperately look for “messages” in joke entries just to make them more “serious”.( quite a paradox, isn’t it? LOL)
It happened with Verka, it happened with Alf Poier, it happened with… name it.
The matter of the fact is that they do NOT have a message, BECAUSE they want to be laughable.

Armiin
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Armiin

Kamil explained in an interview here on wiwibloggs what is the message, that is about the fact people are always unhappy with their body. But I guess for you, a song with a message must be sung by somebody dressed in black, and half of the song saying [email protected]~Mercy&Mercy%Mercy!Mercy?Mercy~

Mir?oJoshua
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Mir?oJoshua

I really hope you’re joking.
Many songs haven’t got a message and trying to find one that isn’t there is simply ridiculous. What Kamil explained wasn’t the message of the song, but the way she wanted people to understand the song, there’s quite a difference.
Unhappy with their body? I thought this song was called Puerto Rico, there is nothing suggesting that. In the article you’re mentioning, Kamil doesn’t refer only to weight and body, she refers to the non-acceptance of oneself in general.
Also, how can you compare this song with Mercy…?

Hada
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Hada

I speak Spanish. The song is not about being unhappy with your body or about any relevant message about anything.

TJ
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TJ

@Armiin: No, the outfit is not the point. It‘s quite simple: a song with a message must have a message.

Armiin
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Armiin

I absolutely love Kamil and the song has a very serious message. Have you noticed that the two dancers have exaggerated hips exactly like Kardashians. The song is about the beauty standards nowadays, that are very unnatural, Kamil is making fun of people that are always unhappy with how they look.

Marty Mc
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Marty Mc

I don’t like it , it’s a horrible song and all she does is scream over her backing singers who do a great job singing the song on their own. I find it a bit of an insult that this Kemal show should be compared to a wonderful and sensational star such as Conchitta . Lgbt stars in Eurovision are well credible artists in their own rights . In my opinion Kemal show is taking a mockery of lgbt rights in the west , sad to say Armenia is one of the most homophobic countries in Europe and very much… Read more »

Jessica21
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Jessica21

“sad to say Armenia is one of the most homophobic countries in Europe and very much affiliated to what it is like in Russia.”

Trust me, they are even worse than Russia. But it’s something that nobody chose to talk about in Armenia. They just don’t care, so they government does whatever they want.

KuhKatz
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KuhKatz

I believe that if Kamil wins tonight, its going to be a huge disaster for Armenia even worser than Emmy…

Esra
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Esra

This actually is the best option since they don’t have anything good in the NF. At least it would be something different. But I can’t see Armenia choosing a man in skirt to represent the country in an international contest. Even if it’s a non-serious entry, I just don’t think that this nation is ready for something like this.

TJ
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TJ

Stop calling this a drag queen. He has NOTHING of a queen. He’s a clown who makes fun of drag queens. And you are buying it.

Safiya
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Safiya

Puerto Rico is actually a good quality joke entry. It’s fun, catchy and trashy yet enjoyable. And the backing vocalists are amazing.

escJack UK
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escJack UK

Why are you so bitter, Charles?
It’s a humourous act and people enjoy it. Eurovision is a trashy contest anyway, this year is so dire atm so we need something fun and memorable

Anthony Ko
Editor

And… you can breathe a sigh of relief Charles. You can thank the international juries later on.

Por el amor y la pasión
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Por el amor y la pasión

I don’t get why some people need to be so negative towards Kamil Show, and even use clearly disrespecting words. Politeness?

I wish ESC has diversity, fun, positivity, happiness, strong emotions, (created by music and performances of course). Kamil Show would provide something good what probably no other entry provide this year.

I’m totally fine if Sevak or someone else is the Armenia’s representative, they are all good, some i like more than others. Kamil Show’s song and performance is however best for me.

lemonn
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lemonn

Amen.

Lloyd
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Lloyd

Since AMPTV wants to bastardize the entire selection, let’s ruin the entire show and ESC participation altogether. See you next year, Armenia!

Am.casablancas
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Am.casablancas

How are Wiwibloggs readers liking this crap, oh I know it’s because it’s a drag act, the imagery comes first in a SINGING competition, because logic. You all killed Tamar, but there is still top 10 potential, if you respect the artists don’t vote for this, the drag cannot even sing, if anything the backing vocalist should be the lead singer but gotta have stage convenience and give it to guy in drag making a fool of himself. This is so cringy and over the top that would face the same sorrow that drag act from Israel and Denmark like… Read more »

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

You mean Dana International?
She didn’t qualify for Israel in 2011 but she won the entire contest in 1998 so…

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Forgot to mention that Dana isn’t drag but a transgender

Yerevan is calling
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Yerevan is calling

Kamil was fun, yes we had that fun suring this selection, thank you Kamil but no. Sevak, Nemra and Amaliya and their entries are worthy to represent Armenia! We have something to Eurovision so let’s keep Kamil for a year when we will expire our strength to send something and someone worthy.
#SEVAK#NEMRA#AMALIYA

Alvaricomg
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Alvaricomg

Oh my god NO, please NO!

With all the respect to the singer (singer?) because he seems to be a lovely person, JOKE ACTS HAVE NO PLACE IN EUROVISION, NOT ANYMORE! That happened from the 2000-2010 (the worst years of the Eurovision Song Contest), but it’s over now!

This is stupid, pointless, offensive towards the Latino culture and insulting towards all of the great artists who take this contest as a platform to show their work!

No. I am not advocating for baladas, I like fun uplifting commercial pop songs, but this isn’t funny, this is cringeworthy.

West
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West

I think the joke acts DO have place in Eurovision. But only the really funny ones.

mad-professor
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mad-professor

We had two joke acts last year, both of which ended up on the left-hand side of the table, one of which finished in the top 10.

Héctor
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Héctor

People voting for Kamil don’t like Eurovision, but the “freakness” that surrounds it, like it happened some years ago between 2005 and 2010. You are so desperate for another Verka… The difference is that Verka was funny and enjoyable and actually sang, Kamil is horrible, doesn’t even sing and his voice is annoying. He tries so hard to be funny that he’s ridiculous. So why someone would vote for it? Just to make Eurovision a joke. Also, how on Earth is brave to send this to Eurovision? Because he’s a drag act from Armenia (a majority homophobic country)? Seriously? If… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

You’re right – let’s have another ballad

Colin
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Colin

If Sevak, Amaliya or Lusine is chosen, it would literally be only 5th ballad in 20 songs. What is your point?

Paul
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Paul

My point is lets stop taking everything so seriously and have a bit of a laugh

Colin
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Colin

Personally, I love heartfelt and deep songs. Italy, France and Germany are my top 3 thus far. Yet, there is something in what you say. I addition to great songs we already have, I wouldn’t mind having a few easy-breezy or jokey entries. Not sure if Kamil is the quality act, though. Pusvalanduko, on the other hand, would have been amazing.

Jo
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Jo

I’m not laughing, I guess I’m not getting the joke.

Catriona Colville
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Catriona Colville

Nothing about that song is funny. It’s trash. Qami is a classic.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

We barely had as few ballads as this year, get your sh*t together. Not all ballads are as dreadful as ”On my way” or ”Breathlessly”.

Colin
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Colin

I actually liked Breathlessly a lot, but even so, when the time came, I didn’t vote for it, as there were several stronger songs. On the other hand, I totally voted for Lucie Jones in the finals. Her ballad was stunning!

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Omg yes! I loved it so much. Besides Bulgaria, Hungary and Portugal it was probably the only song I voted for.

Paul
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Paul

I loved breathlessly last year – was in my top 5. I’m just saying there should be a variety of things. Not everyone’s the same.

Also humours relative. Just because you don’t find it funny it doesn’t mean others won’t

Basically the message is it’s a bit of fun so embrace it for what it is

Héctor
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Héctor

Yea, what is your point? I’m talking about this particular try-hard “joke” entry. I like mid-tempo or untempo songs also.

So if you prefer “Puerto Rico” over a good ballad, you must be one of the guys I’m talking about. Also, you should think what you consider a ballad because, as @Colin said, we just have like 5 ballads (?). There are still some other good untempo songs that could be chosen that are far better than this cr*p

Héctor
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Héctor

I don’t usually like joke entries, but if one of them has some quality and is also funny, why not? It’s up to the participating countries. Kamil’s “Puerto Rico”, on the other hand, is garbage.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

If this gets chosen, I think this song will comfortably stay at the very bottom of my list even behind the UK. This isn’t even funny… I like good fun Acts like ”Wadde hadde dudde da” but this is completely cringeworthy. First: The singer isn’t even singing anything at all and is still Standing in the Spotlight, like wtf? Second: It’s mocking every real good travesty Artist out there. This guy is putting them under a bad light… Third: The song itself is completely irrelevant and annoying, I’m sorry. Don’t send this… You have better things to offer.

Colin
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Colin

This is Lolita Zero all over again. A mildly funny drag comedian who isn’t even trying to sing, but is rather hiding behind a kitsch staging and good backing vocalists. Personally, I don’t find anything really good here, but it might get a few points in televote for shock value or from those who find it funny. My favorites tonight are Robert, Amaliya and Nemra, but I know they have little to no chance of winning. Four possible winners are Kamil, Sevak, Asmik and Mger. Out of them, I love Sevak’s song, like Asmik’s and don’t like Mger’s or Kamil’s,… Read more »

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I’d really LOVE Nemra to win, but they stand no Chance. So out of the favourites Sevak is definitly the way to go… If Mger wins there’s certainly some real Drama to come, which would also be fun to look at, but I’d rather have an actual good song…

Héctor
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Héctor

I think Sevak is the best choice too. Hope Mger doesn’t win, though they said in an interview he has already won it and he couldn’t lose. (I don’t remember the exact words, but that was what I take from it)

Kirby
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Kirby

OK Armenia: You can choose this act, you can take it to Lisbon, you can generate all the fuss and mess you’d love to …but it can’t win Eurovision. I was so disappointed to realize the melodic bars weren’t sung by Kamil but the backing singers; it’s THEIR merit …the guy just shouts and supplies the antics.
As a person from Latin America, I can even say this entry provides a grotesque and even mocking view of my complex culture.
This entry is pure bad taste!

Marcelo
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Marcelo

After all the trash Puerto Rico had to endure with “Despacito”, this song is like throwing salt in the wound. Poor my Puerto Rican brothers and sisters! Latinos together!

xaxaxa
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xaxaxa

OK, now it’s official. Wiwi readers have the worst taste in the world.

lemonn
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lemonn

these morons will back up any sh*tty song like this just because it’s drag or drag-like performance
facepalm

Paul
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Paul

It reminds of Dustin the Turkey

oli
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oli

I acually like the song (Puerto Rico) but the whole show is horrible and not funny. I don’t get it. Send the song with another singer.

Por el amor y la pasión
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Por el amor y la pasión

I love this song. Let’s go to Puert..oh….Lisbon! Baby llévame contigo! Contigo!

What’s that timing to end the poll? xD

Dear Mark
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Dear Mark

Gevorg? Lol))

Amara
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Amara

HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Geo
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Geo

The first ever Eurovision act who doesn’t sing, the backing singers are the main vocalists… He is only shouting distinctive noise… This is just awful, the joke act of the year. Who will even consider voting for that garbage? Armenia, don’t be stupid…

Dear Mark
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Dear Mark

Eurovision is a song, song contest.., not a vocal one., besides IT IS A SONG FESTIVAL!

lemonn
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lemonn

Exactly, it’s a song festival.
Let’s abstain from cheap, talentless, absurd and third-rate acts like Kamil Show.

sandor
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sandor

Geo, don’t be boring!
Translation : Geo nu fi plictisitor!

Geo
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Geo

Sandor, taci in plm (you know the translation)…

Ffs
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Ffs

Sick bucket. Barf ! Thanks .

Edgar
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Edgar

Kamil or Asmik. I am ok with both winning (If Asmik’s vocals are improved)
Of course I am afraid juries may not like Kamil’s song, but they should consider how good the back vocalists sing(better than many contestants). Actually they are the main singers, Kamil just makes the show)
No depressing songs from Armenia this year, please))

ron
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ron

666 votes. illuminati confirmed!

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

I kinda want this to win just so i can read the drama in the comments when i’m back from work xD

Tobias
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Tobias

SAME 😀

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Oh my god, stop this mess right now. Sevak,Nemra or maybe Asmik. No one else.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

It must be Azerbaijani fans voting for this mess so that Armenia makes a fool of itself in front of everyone.

danilko
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danilko

You wanted Lolita Zero last year. Be more true to yourself. It gets weird how you contradict yourself.

Cambell Grace
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Cambell Grace

Spill the tea sis. Poflop Gaga is all over the place with his Eurovision comments.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Lolita Zero had a bop and wasn’t trying to be ridiculous. Keep stanning for this trash I guess!

Catriona Colville
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Catriona Colville

I think having “bop” and “stanning” in the same post automatically disqualifies you from the human race.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

You used ‘tea’ a few posts below, let’s not!

Jo
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Jo

Lolita should’ve won last year in Lithuania, since they had nothing worthy, at least it would’ve been a “good” joke.

Ay Jo
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Ay Jo

You must be joking, right?

Kirby
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Kirby

Yep! I guess so!!!

Cambell Grace
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Cambell Grace

I couldn’t make a word Lolita Zero was singing last night, at least here I can tell what’s going on vocally and stage performance. But what’s tea…

ninasublatti
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ninasublatti

Armenia doesn’t have the guts to send this. they will go for the safe and boring choice, which is Sevak

God-Emperor
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God-Emperor

Oh god, please no. So far this year looks very disappointing and an idiotic choice like this would be another nail in the coffin.

omri
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omri

This entry is amazing I have no idea why Kamil is fun for me to watch its so amazing…. ill be really happy if Armenia sends this one… all the other entries feel like something we have already watched before…
I think that both Kamil and Netta Barzilai from Israel are bringing something new that we have never seen in ESC (set aside the compares to Verka)…

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Oh, controversial. I wonder what Armenians think about this?

Hada
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Hada

I wonder what Puerto Ricans think about this.

Colin
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Colin

My vote would go to Nemra, Amaliya, Gevorg or Robert, even though I know none of them will win tonight.

EUROFAN MEXICO
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EUROFAN MEXICO

BEFORE A TEAR THAT THE PURE MUSIC WIN, I CAN BELIEBE THAT YOU WANT THIS IN COMPETITION,

pp
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pp

666 votes for song, haha. For me best choice. We need some fun at Eurovision. I think with kamil can be Top 10 in final or top 5 bottom in semi, it depends of televote in semi and final. Juries will kill them with vote

Gaby Gusto
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Gaby Gusto

The problem is that it’s not even funny, like at all.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

I agrih. It’s just pathetic.