Five acts have qualified to the grand final of Depi Evratesil 2018.
Tonight the first semi-final of Depi Evratesil 2018 took place in Yerevan, Armenia, which saw ten artists perform for the chance to qualify to the grand final. Taking part tonight was (qualifiers in bold):
- Gevorg Harutyunyan – “Stand Up”
- Angel – “Heartbeat”
- Lusine Mardanyan – “If You Don’t Walk Me Home”
- Zhanna Davtyan – “Unbreakable”
- Mger Armenia – “Forever”
- Nemra – “I’m A Liar”
- Hayk Kasparov – “Enamórame”
- Tamar Kaprielian – “Poison (Ari Ari)”
- Robert Koloyan – “Get Away With Us”
- Gata Band – “Shoga”
The qualifiers were decided by the public and an international jury. This will be the first time since 2013 that the Armenian public will have a say in the song that will represent their country in the Eurovision Song Contest. A total of ten artists will take to the stage in the grand final, which will take place on February 25.
Performing as an interval act tonight was Misha, who represented the country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Last year marked Armenia’s first national final since 2013, however, it was only used to selected the artist with the song being internally selected at a later date. Last year’s champion, Artsvik, finished in 18th place in the Eurovision Grand Final in Kyiv with “Fly With Me”.
Armenia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and has participated every year since, excluding 2012. Armenia’s best results came in 2008 and 2014 when they finished 4th in the final. They have only once failed to qualify for the final, in 2011, when Emmy finished in 12th with “Boom Boom”. She was 1 point away from qualifying for the final. At the 2017 contest in Kyiv, Armenia was represented by Artsvik and the song “Fly with Me”, which finished in 18th place in the final with 79 points.