It’s the country that’s been down on its luck at Eurovision lately. However, Armenia is hoping to turn things around with a revived series of Depi Evratesil — the national selection that brought us Artsvik in 2017 and Sevak Khanagyan in 2018.
Applications for the contest closed on 31 December. And broadcaster AMPTV has yet to publically comment on the submissions received. In the meantime, fans can only speculate about who might be in the mix.
However, one thing is certain — up-and-coming boyband DETQ have submitted a song. Speaking exclusively to wiwibloggs, the trio tell us more about themselves, their entry and their Eurovision dreams.
DETQ and Depi Evratesil 2020 — Armenia Eurovision 2020
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It’s the country that’s been down on its luck at Eurovision lately. However, Armenia is hoping to turn things around with a revived series of Depi Evratesil — the national selection that brought us Artsvik in 2017 and Sevak Khanagyan in 2018. Applications for the contest closed on 31 December. And broadcaster AMPTV has yet to publically comment on the submissions received. In the meantime, fans can only speculate about who might be in the mix. However, one thing is certain — up-and-coming boyband DETQ have submitted a song. Speaking exclusively to wiwibloggs, the trio tell us more about themselves, their entry and their Eurovision dreams. Read the interview on wiwibloggs. #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovisionsongcontest2020 #eurovision2020 #eurovision #esc2020 #depievratesil #openup
Tell us a little about DETQ. How did the band form? What’s your style?
DETQ (ԴԵՏՔ in Armenian) is an Armenian pop, soft-rock boy band composed of Arman Petrosyan, Vahan Kirakosyan and Mikayel Melkumyan. The band was established in 2015 by Arman AMP Melkonyan who is currently the productive director of DETQ.
Vahan: So far we have managed to release one album called Watchtower #21, published more than 20 singles and more than 10 music videos and all those are available on the major online musical platforms of the world. We sing both English and Armenian so all of you guys feel free to enjoy our music. And this is just the beginning…
Arman: It’s important to mention that we were awarded as “The Best Pop Band of the Year” during the Armenian National Music Awards in 2017. That was huge!
Michael: We shouldn’t forget about our lovely fans here in Armenia and outside of it… we love them all!!! But let me also mention that during these years we have already managed to get noticed by World Music Awards, CNN, TEDx, etc… Isn’t it great?
Why have you decided to enter Depi Evratesil 2020? Have you got what it takes to bring Armenia back to the final?
Arman: Months ago we went to Japan to shoot a music video on a very important song for us called “Diana”. During our visit, we had a chance to work with very creative and professional artists there in Tokyo. Surprisingly, we found out that even in Japan a lot of people know about Eurovision and when we were telling them that we are from Armenia, everyone was like “WHY DON’T YOU GUYS GO TO EUROVISION?”
Vahan: Yeah, it was a huge surprise but we also were very excited to know that Eurovision became an international festival growing beyond the frames of Europe, even in Japan…
This fact really motivated us…
Michael: Of course this motivated us, as all of us are fans of the Eurovision from our very childhood.
So, some months after our trip, we were glad to know that Armenian Public Television is launching Depi Evratesil again…
Vahan: We sat down, and had a big discussion on whether we should participate or not. The question was if we could manage to write a song that will be loved by the European audience?
Finally, feeling all the support from our friends and fans, we decided to go for it.
Arman: Our team immediately started working on the song with the most professional young people in Armenia as well as our super professional musician friends from the Netherlands and the USA. At the end of the Day, we managed to have the song ready to submit just a day before the deadline!
Can you tell us about the song you’ve submitted? Is it similar to your previous releases?
Michael: We are more than sure that the message and the vibe of the song is just a perfect fit for the European audience (and not only) and DETQ is already getting ready to rock the stage in Rotterdam, but first, let’s hope for the best during the national selection here in Armenia.
Arman: The song is a bit different from our previous ones, but still has our own “DETQ Style” signature. The song is active, it makes you dance, it make people, TURN TO US and SING WITH US but at the same time as Michael said, it has a super-strong global message.
Vahan: As to DETQ, bringing Armenia to the final after years of being out of it – that’s not our goal. Our goal is to bring the Eurovision song contest to Armenia itself. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
Are you aware of any other acts which have submitted songs to the selection? Will our readers recognise any of the names?
Vahan: We are not yet aware of the other contestants, but we are more than sure that Depi Evratesil 2020 is a great opportunity especially for the young artists to get to wider audiences and deliver their music to a lot of people. Our team is more than happy and thankful to the Armenian Public Television and to the Armenian Staff of the Eurovision Song Contest for giving this opportunity!
Lastly, do you have a message for wiwibloggs readers?
Music, out of other forms of art, has the biggest and the strongest influence on people. It’s not a secret that Eurovision is the biggest musical event that gives the world a lot of new songs and artists… And Wiwiblog is the link that connects the fans and the artists, even if they are still on the national selection level. This is something that globalizes the magic of music. This is the reason why we want to tell every single reader of the Wiwiblog that your love is the one thing that motivates and keeps us together in this Big Eurovision Family.
Are you excited to potentially see DETQ on the Depi Evratisil stage? Would you like to see them at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments.