Depi Evratesil will be used once again to select the next Armenian Eurovision entry in 2018.
Armenian broadcaster AMPTV has announced that Armenia will be selecting their Eurovision 2018 entrant through their national final, Depi Evratesil. Interested artists must enter the competition with their own original songs this year, whereas in previous years the song was composed after the winner had been decided.
The show will once again have multiple live shows. Artists have until the 15th of December to submit their entries and can do so via here. The website also gives a set list of rules the artist has to follow to be eligible to take part. For example, the artist must be a citizen of Armenia or be of Armenian descent.
Depi Evratesil was used for the first time last year to select Armenia’s Eurovision 2017 entrant, Artsvik. At the Eurovision Song Contest, she placed 18th in the Grand Final with her song “Fly With Me”.
Former Eurovision participants made up the judging panel last year, and choose their favourite artists each week to be on their team. On the judging panel last year was:
- Anush Arshakyan – Part of the duo Inga & Anush who represented Armenia in 2009 with the song “Jan Jan”.
- Aram MP3 – Finished 4th for Armenia at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Not Alone”.
- Essaï Altounian – Represented Armenia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria as part of the group Genealogy.
- Hayko – Represented Armenia on their second appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007.
- Inga Arshakyan – Part of the duo Inga & Anush (Eurovision 2009), she also returned to the contest in 2015 as part of the group Genealogy.
- Iveta Mukuchyan – Represented Armenia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Armenia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and has participated every year since excluding 2012. The countries best results came in 2008 and 2014 when they finished 4th in the final. Armenia has only once not managed to qualify for the final, in 2011 Emmy finished 12th in her semi-final with the song “Boom Boom”, she was 1 point away from qualifying for the final. At the 2016 contest in Stockholm, Armenia was represented by Iveta Mukuchyan and the song “LoveWave” finishing 7th in the final.