Armenia Depi Evratesil 2020

Armenia’s AMPTV has published the 12 songs for the country’s revived national final Depi Evratesil. The entries. which come from includes top talents within both Armenia its diaspora — went live on the selections official YouTube channel on 5 February.

Early favourites included the Armenian Greek singer Athena Manoukian and French-Canadian The Voice runner-up Miriam Baghdassarian. But have they lived up to expectations? Take a listen and judge for yourselves.

Armenia’s Depi Evratesil 2020 songs

The 12 entries are

  • Agop “Butterflies”
  • Arthur Aleq “Heaven”
  • Athena Manoukian “Chains On You”
  • ERNA “Life Faces”
  • EVA Rida “No Love”
  • Gabriel Jeeg “It’s Your Turn”
  • Hayk Music “What Is To Be In Love”
  • Karina EVN “Why?”
  • Miriam Baghdasaryan “Run Away”
  • Sergey & Nikolay Harutyunov “Ha, Take a Step”
  • TOKIONINE “Save Me”
  • Vladimir Arzumanyan “What’s Going On Mama”

You can listen to all 12 entries in the YouTube playlist embedded below.

Among the biggest names in the pre-selection is Athena Manoukian, the Armenian-Greek singer who competed in Greece’s national final for Junior Eurovision 2008. More recently, she appeared on the 2018 series of the X Factor UK, however she did not make it past the Bootcamp round. Athena has previously spoken of her desire to compete at Eurovision.

Armenian-Canadian singer Miriam Baghdassarian is best known for her 2018 appearance on La Voix — the French-Canadian version of The Voice. There she finished second overall.

Armenia’s Junior Eurovision champion Vladimir Arzumanyan is now trying his luck with the Eurovision Song Contest. He previously won the 2010 edition of the contest with his song “Mama”.

Also on the list is TOKIONINE (aka David Badalyan), the vocalist who was one of the songwriters behind Srbuk’s “Walking Out” in 2019.

Depi Evratesil 2020 key dates

The grand final of Depi Evratesil will take place on 15 February.

What do you think of the selection? Which song is your favourite? Let us know in the comments.

Follow all of our Armenia Eurovision 2020 news.

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Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
2 years ago

I hope this will be the winners to represent Armenia in ESC this year: Sergey & Nikolay Harutyunov “Ha, Take a Step” it’s the only song I like.

Zoli
Zoli
2 years ago

Armenian people please send Tokionine – Save me! I can’t stop listening this song.

Azaad
Azaad
2 years ago

I think the problem with Chains on You is Athena herself. She’s undoubtedly a good singer and performs it competently. But if you compare it to Still Breathing (its closest counterpart across the national finals) you can see where it falters. Samanta is charismatic, goes all in with energy and passion and comes off as likeable. You can tell she had a part in creating the song and there’s a genuineness to it that helps you warm to the song even though it’s actual quality is debatable. Chains on You is a more competently produced song with better flow but… Read more »

Ron
Ron
2 years ago
Reply to  Azaad

She hasn’t performed the song live yet, where did her ego come across to you?

Ilsavicalex
Ilsavicalex
2 years ago

Athena Manoukian is so powerful but I’m afraid that the Depi evratesil judges are gonna to underrate her

Yerevan is calling
Yerevan is calling
2 years ago
Reply to  Ilsavicalex

Is she?

Ron
Ron
2 years ago

No he doesn’t lol. Maybe in his native Karabagh he has support but not in Armenia. He hasn’t had a hit single in Armenia since Mama back in 2010 and even then it was a children’s song.

Milan
Milan
2 years ago

Erna is fine for me – the rest, umph…

zzzaaaa
zzzaaaa
2 years ago

“TOKIONINE – Save Me” is decent. Quite a banger song, liked it. Could look pretty cool on Eurovision stage.

zzzaaaa
zzzaaaa
2 years ago
Reply to  zzzaaaa

for some reason reminded me of GTA V.

ProudAzeriWARRIOR
ProudAzeriWARRIOR
2 years ago

Snore!! I didnt listen but its probably bad like they always send! Anyway Azerbaijan will win Eurovision 2020!

Stepanakert is calling
Stepanakert is calling
2 years ago

First of all, it’s too early to predict anything. And secondly, you’re embarrassing yourself and Azerbaijan as well by your comment. You better learn some respect.

Yerevan is calling
Yerevan is calling
2 years ago

How Did you feel that charisma in his picture?

Marcelo
Marcelo
2 years ago

I have a feeling that I won’t find a song that comes close to “Colours of Your Dream”. Hoping for the best but not sure about Armenia.

Malmklang
Malmklang
2 years ago

Tokionine is my favourite followed by Athena:-)

samoylover
samoylover
2 years ago

Why that hate to Athena? Well of course is not the eighth wonder of the world but in this weak selection, I find her like the best option to at least try to qualify

Franky
Franky
2 years ago

Tokionine – Save Me. I enjoy this one a lot. The production is slick

bastian
bastian
2 years ago

This is a very weak bunch of songs. Their best shot for a Q would be sending Tokionine

Héctor
Héctor
2 years ago

In all honesty, I wouldn’t have liked to be part of the jury making the cut. If half of these songs are unlistenable I can’t even imagine the ones which didn’t make it. In fact, I wonder if those artists really listen to their songs and like it. Funny how at first I thought it wuld be a pretty decent lineup but after the first three entries it was a free fall. Anyway, this is my top: 1. Agop – “Butterflies” (7). I already know this will be despise by the general public and eurofans. But it is really uplifting… Read more »

eurofangr
eurofangr
2 years ago

As a Greek I was so happy when I learned Athena is taking part in Armenia’s national final but after hearing her song I’m like ”wtf:(” its a song you either gonna hate or you gonna love and I cant say I’m one of those who love it. We all know these kind of songs are not doing great in eurovision although I really want a rap/hip-hop/trap song to finally win some day. I can only wish armenia good luck and maybe next year it will be their year:(

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

I have headache after listening all the songs

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

Very bad selection actually, iam dissapointed
For me – Vladimir, Athena or Tokionine ?

Sammy99
Sammy99
2 years ago

Athena’s song is Ariana’s 7 rings’ rip-off! Its so obvious

Tom
Tom
2 years ago
Reply to  Sammy99

Also some part are from Chun Li (Nicki Minaj)

NoNeed
NoNeed
2 years ago

Ive said it once. Ive said it many times. Ill say it again: Armenia needs a new head of delegation. At least last year they gave Srbuk a good song and THEN messed it up… This year they’ll just head out to the contest with a bad song from the very beginning. Miriam is the only one with potential. They will go with Vladimir because they want to to play the “JESC Winner comes back to reclaim victory, hurray!!!! ” And eventually, Miriam will be be used for publicity and let go easily same as Tamar Kaprelian in 2017. And… Read more »

Angelika
Angelika
2 years ago

Only TOKIONINE has potential for something good

SunkistRayne
SunkistRayne
2 years ago

My three favs are: Athena, Tokionine, and Karina. The others weren’t bad per say but just I dunno I’m indifferent towards them… I guess really live performances will be a bigger impact but anyways good luck to all the artists.

Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

y’all think you’re edgy saying athena’s song is bad and then stanning that tokionine song that feels like it’s six minutes long

Pineaple
Pineaple
2 years ago

Or maybe they just don’t like it and you should accept that instead of being a shady little diva about it?

Azaad
Azaad
2 years ago

Now this is a weak selection. Save Me is fine though

Yerevan is calling
Yerevan is calling
2 years ago

Armenian Public TV should fire its musical director and find someone competent. Year after year impotent show production, dull choices of songs. Is it really hard to make new format for selection? Hey glamorous deletants read this idea Invite SONGWRITERS like Artem Valter, Derhova, Lazzaro, Sebu Simonyan, Aram MP3, Garik Papoyan, Lilit and Levon Navasardyans, Guisane Palyan, Vahram Petrosyan and organize a competition between them giving them full freedom of the choice of singers and songs. In addition to selected songwriters call for songs from singers and bands who would like to compete on their own. The songs of invited… Read more »

OhhHoney
OhhHoney
2 years ago

Is that it? I think a lot of people say this year after year but I think it really will be the year of the internal selections.

Ron
Ron
2 years ago

OMG…ATHENA’S SONG SLAYS!

TOP 5:
1. Athena
2. Vladimir Arzumanyan
3. Tokionine
4. Arutyunov
5. Miriam

Man
Man
2 years ago

ONLY ATHENA! SHE IS A BOMB!

Mon
Mon
2 years ago

Tokionine bangs, that would be a great choice! I love it

Antonio
Antonio
2 years ago

Vladimir Arzumanyan is the best for me! Athena’s song is good but i was expecting a little bit more.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 years ago

I don’t think it’s a bad selection. All songs sound professional, most are enjoyable. If Athena can deliver (I assume it’s not an easy song to perform live), I believe “Chains on You” will be my favorite. But Tokionine sounds like a safe pop bet and Miriam’s vocals could appeal to the juries even if the song seems beneath her skills. In terms of originality, I would like to praise ERNA, because I haven’t listened to anything like her song in the season so far.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 years ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I hope he wasn’t trying to do samba, Tibor. Because that really doesn’t sound like samba to me! 😀 I can’t point which genre it is, but it’s something latin. By the way, it’s funny that this song was released one day after Gualazzi performing “Carioca” in Sanremo. Which I’m afraid doesn’t help Gabriel’s case.

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 years ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I wouldn’t say an authority and if you watched me trying to dance samba you would understand why! By the way, when I wrote all songs sound professional, I guess I was abstracting from this one, because this one is quite… peculiar. It’s your fault I’ve listened to it again, anyway. 😀

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 years ago

There’s nothing here that caught my attention. I’d probably pick ‘Chains on you’ if I had to pick something, but I can’t say that I care about any of these. I feel like 2020 would have been a good year to send Iveta again, by far the best Armenian act yet and the last successful one.

Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

…and the worst singing technique ever according to anyone who has studied singing. let’s stop overrating that diva.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 years ago

I don’t give an Ajax about singing techniques and even less Ajaxes about whoever has studied singing. I thought ‘LoveWave’ was a solid, relatively original song and considering what they are scraping together now, it was pure gold in comparison. I don’t follow Iveta and haven’t listened to a single song of hers besides the Eurovision one, so I doubt that I am overrating her. lol She just happens to be the last Armenian entry I liked and will apparently have to remain in that position. Unfortunately.

Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

poor u

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 years ago

I usually really like u but u are starting to get on everyone’s nerves

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 years ago

BTW u aren’t overrating Iveta. Her other songs are amazing. I recommend that you listen to Amena, Im Anush Hayastan, Simple Like A Flower, Dashterov (which is a collaboration with Aram MP3), and Hayastani Axjikner. They are all amazing, and showcase her wonderful and well-trained voice.

Kat
Kat
2 years ago

Oh man, TOKIONINE is far and away my winner. With some clever staging and slick dancing it can come together REALLY well!!!

ESerbiaC_fun
ESerbiaC_fun
2 years ago

Athena or TOKIONINE, TOKIONINE definitely.And “Butterflies” is very interesting…

Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

chains on you sounds like ariana grande’s 7 rings omg i love it

Joe
Joe
2 years ago

It’s better than that. I love Ariana but that song is no good.

Azaad
Azaad
2 years ago

It sounds cacophonous and Athena’s voice sounds awful on it. I don’t get why people complaining about Kemama are stanning this entry.

Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago
Reply to  Azaad

thank heavens i have taste and i stan both

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
2 years ago

These songs are pleasant, but not memorable, and that worries me. I had the exact same issue with “Qami” and “Walking Out”, and, wouldn’t you know, both failed to qualify. They’re nice, but there’s nothing about them that would urge me to vote for them, maybe apart from “Save Me”, which I think has a reasonable chance of succeeding in Eurovision. Normally I’d say that that no matter which song wins, it’s gonna be staged very well in May, cause it’s Armenia after all, but after last year’s disaster I’m not so sure anymore.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 years ago

To me, Bye Bye Heaven and Pang make Norway and Denmark better than Depi Evratesil, which has no real standouts and is just all meh (TOKIONINE is my winner tho).

Kris
Kris
2 years ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Bye bye heaven and pang can’t win anymore

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 years ago
Reply to  Kris

Bye bye heaven still has a chance though I doubt it will win. I was only saying that they make it better just cause of the quality. I’d rather a few outstanding songs than a sea of meh ones.

Irishfan
Irishfan
2 years ago

Generic, forgettable and disappointing

Johan
Johan
2 years ago
Reply to  Irishfan

Its 2020. No song is original anymore. So that opinion sounded very negative . Do you think Ireland will be fantastic? amazing? and wow?

Thomas
Thomas
2 years ago
Reply to  Johan

Tbh i figured Quality would be a forefront for Armenia. This lacks their usual spark an hence that is what makes this a dissapointment. Its a shame really. Some countries really try but in the end if the spark isn’t there it just isn’t.

Irishfan
Irishfan
2 years ago
Reply to  Johan

Perhaps not but you never know

Steve
Steve
2 years ago

We sent good songs, but Europe unfairly mistreated them. Fans will now get another toilet break song. Well deserved! I’m so happy.

Alex Kirkby
Alex Kirkby
2 years ago
Reply to  Steve

Grow up, every country has songs that are underrated and tbh many of Armenia’s bad positions have been justified

Albert
Albert
2 years ago

Ha, take a step is the only song that I really like, save me it’s good, but it’s a common song that another country would take.

So for me it’s Sergey’s song

Jakub
Jakub
2 years ago

TOKIONINE is the best here. Hope he will win

Kris
Kris
2 years ago

I’m sorry , this selection is not one I’m going to follow
Nothing really hooked me
But all the best to the competing acts

Kosey
Kosey
2 years ago

Not a bad selection here, lots to enjoy. My favorites on first listen are Butterflies and Why.

Man
Man
2 years ago

ATHENA!

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

Chains on You=7 Rings 2.0

Alex
Alex
2 years ago

Usually I am excited for the Armenian song, but this selection is kind of dissapointing. I guess TOKIONINE is the best choice but there is a high chance Armenia would not qualify for the third year in a row.

Alo
Alo
2 years ago

Armenia is lucky for not being in semi 1 with those songs..

Joe
Joe
2 years ago
Reply to  Alo

I almost misread it as saying they WERE in semi 1 and almost had a heart attack. Semi 2 could go in any number of directions, but Armenia still has a fighting chance.

Colin
Colin
2 years ago
Reply to  Alo

With most NF songs still not being picked and most internally selected ones still not being released, how come there is already a theory on which semi is the more difficult one? In the end, semi 2 might become the more competitive one. Very early to say either way.

Kris
Kris
2 years ago
Reply to  Colin

Based on historical voting patterns and diaspora support !! Certain countries have a headstart and the other countries need to work harder to beat them

Rasmus
Rasmus
2 years ago
Reply to  Kris

Not so much Anymore. Armenia have lost their power after 100% televoting

Alo
Alo
2 years ago
Reply to  Colin

I can understand your opinion, but,
Most of the countries in semi 2 are having a national selection with most of them have the songs already out, and the overall level of entries in my opinion, is very mediocre.

Thomas
Thomas
2 years ago

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Joe
Joe
2 years ago

If Athena could pull off Chains on You live, that’d be my pick. Good enunciation, good modern production. Tokionine is also quite good. The other entries I haven’t heard yet, but the comments here aren’t getting me very excited. I’d love to see Armenia back in the finals, and if they don’t chunk the staging or vocals for either of these songs, I bet they could.

acp
acp
2 years ago

Not a bad selection. Tokionine is the best one for me. I think it can be at least in Top 15. There is not a winner on the selection, but I also think that with Tokionine the result would be an improvement from Srbuk’s.