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 , 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!
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.
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.
Eva Rivas feat Iveta i am ready !
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
Oh look… news about Armenia. Get ready for people screaming for Tamar Kaprelian for the next 3 or 4 months.
Yes, Tamar is fantastic
Too bad Aly Ryan won’t get a chance on this one, as she doesn’t have any Armenian lineage.
Every nation came from Africa, so both Aly Ryan and Armenian people must have common ancestor. Girl is motivated, have more hope
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.
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.
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.
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.
And the song was so good
I really hope the backing vocalist with him participates again !!
It might of, but Armenia won’t take a risk like that?
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!)
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.
I bet Sacha requires too much money and I doubt Armenia has that.
Sasha wasnt stage director for Armenia this year
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.
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.
Agreed with everything you said
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.
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”!
They are trying to qualify so bad. Wish them best of luck. Good song, not weak singer and nice staging like in 2016
stop trying to make nemra happen, he’s NOT going to happen. i’m excited nevertheless !
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..
have you heard her new song ‘nice’?
I’ll go check it out!
Nemra or Asmik Shiroyan