There’s no trickery needed here. Armenia’s Sevak Khanagyan is all about the voice, with what looks like very bare staging around him. He stands in the centre of a circle made of pillars — in a throwback to the start of the song’s music video. They’re stone plinths, helping to create a solemn atmosphere. It’s bordering on gothic at times. From there, he belts out “Qami” for all his worth, with the always trustworthy vocal that helped him win Depi Evratesil.
He’s ditched the breastplate that he wore in that performance (at least for now). Instead he wore a grey coat that had a slight ruffled effect at the back. It’s not as powerful a look, but Sevak’s voice more than makes up for it. It’s stirring at the moment, but it feels like it hasn’t quite hit its peak. We didn’t see the final run-through, which might mean there’s more to come by the time we see it again in its second rehearsal form.
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Armenia: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2018
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Photo & Footage: EBU & RTP