It’s the Caucasus nation that’s lost its qele, qele in recent years. Now, after failing to qualify for the Eurovision grand final for two years running, Armenia is mixing it up once more. The official Depi Evratesil Facebook account has confirmed the news that Depi Evratesil — that’s Towards Eurovision in English — will return. It’s the national final that brought Sevak Khanagyan and Artsvik to ESC. 

This year producers want to take their time and they’ve pushed back the process. As announced by the Armenian broadcaster, the contest will accept applications until New Year’s Eve. That means we could see the beloved national final begin in January or even February, and Armenia might be one of the last countries to reveal their entrant. That’s not typical for them. As you might remember, Armenia was the first country to reveal last November. For Depi Evratesil 2018, the twenty participating acts were already revealed on December 27.

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You can find the application form here. According to the site, applications are “open to citizens of the Republic of Armenia and Armenians from all over the world. By May 12 [2020], they’ll have to be at least 16 years old”. Your application will have to include the song you want to send to Eurovision. Try your luck, and you could become Armenia’s next representative at ESC.

The call for the Armenian diaspora to apply isn’t just hot air. In recent years some of the show’s most talked-about contestants have been Armenians from abroad. In 2016 the country internally selected Iveta Mukuchyan, widely regarded as one of the country’s best-ever contestants. She and her family moved to Germany when she was a child.

Depi Evratesil provided us with two more fan favourites from overseas: the Arizona-born Tamar Kaprelian and the Armenian-Ukrainian singer Asmik Shiroyan, who now lives in Los Angeles.

Who will participate in the NF?

In choosing Srbuk in 2019, Armenia kindly accepted an act from our Wednesday Wishlist of suggestions, just like they did with Iveta in 2016. Srbuk’s performance at Eurovision may not have been as successful as expected, but we’re confident the country is still dreaming big.

Our most recent suggestions for the country are Iskuhi Hovhannisyan and Sofi Mkheyan. We can’t help but wonder if either of them have thrown their hats into the ring. And what of Kamil Show? One can only dream.

Will you send a song to Armenia? Who would you like to see representing Armenia? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Steve
Steve
10 months ago

This will be their final attempt after taking a break, as I’m sure they’re heading towards another NF. Public thinks that their good singers aren’t appreciated in ESC. So, perhaps ArmTV has decided to pass the responsibility onto public.

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
10 months ago

I was expecting an internal selection, because Srbuk was arguably their best entrant since 2016, however the empty staging and strong semi- final caused her non qualification (alongside a bad spot in the Running Order). If a great song comes out of this NF, then I’m down, and I hope that Armenia can get back to the final after three very dissapointing years.

Tom
Tom
10 months ago

Eva Rivas feat Iveta i am ready !

Natalie
Natalie
10 months ago

I know it’s a tired choice at this point, but I really want Tamar back! Should’ve just internally selected her or something to be honest, but I’m sure there will be very talented artists to choose from. Even if it isn’t Tamar Kaprelian

Pineaple
Pineaple
10 months ago

Oh look… news about Armenia. Get ready for people screaming for Tamar Kaprelian for the next 3 or 4 months.

Steve
Steve
9 months ago
Reply to  Pineaple

Yes, Tamar is fantastic

Stop making Alymenia happen
Stop making Alymenia happen
10 months ago

Too bad Aly Ryan won’t get a chance on this one, as she doesn’t have any Armenian lineage.

Dawid
Dawid
10 months ago

Every nation came from Africa, so both Aly Ryan and Armenian people must have common ancestor. Girl is motivated, have more hope

Sasko
Sasko
10 months ago

The broadcaster got criticized a lot by the public because of last year’s entry. So they are probably like “Ok then. Choose it yourself.” I think that Armenia’s up for another disappointing result especially in a year when most of the countries are going for internal selections.

Davo
Davo
10 months ago
Reply to  Sasko

Going for an Internal doesn’t really mean they will do good(Examples: Austria,Belgium,Poland) I also personally prefer Internal but NF songs can also do amazing(Examples: Italy,Sweden,Norway, Iceland,Australia) I hope Armenia does great since it is my country.

Azaad
Azaad
10 months ago

I actually think reviving the 2018 format of the show isn’t a bad idea. Armenia didn’t qualify, yes, but that was more due to an insanely strong semi final, and Seven would have easily qualified in the second semi in Lisbon. Plus national finals always gives whichever entry ends up winning a test run back home in terms of staging, camera angles etc.

Sun
Sun
10 months ago

I know I will get downvote for this. But I still think Kami Show’s Puerto Rico would have qualified in 2018 if Armenia had sent that. The televote would love this.

Kris
Kris
10 months ago
Reply to  Sun

And the song was so good
I really hope the backing vocalist with him participates again !!

Davo
Davo
10 months ago
Reply to  Sun

It might of, but Armenia won’t take a risk like that?

Ron
Ron
10 months ago

Honestly, this is a move in the wrong direction especially given that the excitement among artists in Armenia is probably not big given the disqualification of the last two years. What Armenia should have done is internally selected an act and guaranteed that they would use someone other than the guy who destroyed Sevak’s and Srbuk’s stagings (i.e., bring Sacha Jean Baptiste back!)

Dawid
Dawid
10 months ago
Reply to  Ron

Sevak’s staging was allright. It’s hard to qualify if all you do is screaming “KAAAAAAMIIIII!” for 3 minutes.

Srbuk’s got awful staging, 100% agree. I felt like I was watching Macedonia 2018.

Russiandude
Russiandude
10 months ago
Reply to  Ron

I bet Sacha requires too much money and I doubt Armenia has that.

Tom
Tom
10 months ago
Reply to  Russiandude

Sasha wasnt stage director for Armenia this year

Ron
Ron
10 months ago
Reply to  Russiandude

You’d be surprised to know that AMPTV is very profitable given the diasporan subscribers. I’m sure they can afford Sacha Jean Baptiste’s fees.

KESC
KESC
10 months ago

I may get downvoted, but this is just my opinion:
Tbh, I am not that excited or optimistic about the return of Depi Evratesil.
I liked Artsvik in 2017, but her song was just ok.
Sevak had a strong voice in 2018, but his song was bland.

Generally speaking, I do think that Armenia does better with internal selections. Yes, Srbuk did not qualify this year, but Walking Out is still one of their best entries.

2020
2020
10 months ago
Reply to  KESC

Agreed with everything you said

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
10 months ago
Reply to  KESC

I see where you’re coming from, but:
1. Artsvik’s song was internally selected.
2. I don’t think judging the format by one edition (DE ’17 has essentionally nothing to do with DE ’18 in terms of the rules) makes much sense.
3. Out of 9 NFs Armenia achieved 5 top 10 finishes and 2 NQs, out of 4 internal picks Armenia got 2 top 10 finishes and 1 NQ, so I’d say both are pretty comparable.

Erasmus
Erasmus
10 months ago
Reply to  KESC

I think Artsvik’s song was one of the best in 2017 (in my top 5).
Sevak’s song wasn’t the best but still good.
But agree about “Walking Out”!

Ixuxu
Ixuxu
10 months ago

They are trying to qualify so bad. Wish them best of luck. Good song, not weak singer and nice staging like in 2016

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
10 months ago

stop trying to make nemra happen, he’s NOT going to happen. i’m excited nevertheless !

Erasmus
Erasmus
10 months ago

Hoping to see Asmik, her voice is so special (and “You and I” was so good!) and Tamar. Kind of hoped that it would be an internal selection..

Ani
Ani
10 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

have you heard her new song ‘nice’?

Erasmus
Erasmus
10 months ago
Reply to  Ani

I’ll go check it out!

Ani
Ani
10 months ago

Nemra or Asmik Shiroyan