Sevak Khanagyan will represent Armenia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal.
Tonight the final of ‘Depi Evratesil’ took place in Yerevan, which saw ten artists take to the stage. In the end, it was Sevak Khanagyan who came out on top with the song “Qami” (“Wind”). The song won both the public and jury vote in Armenia, and will be the country’s 12th Eurovision representative when he takes to the stage in Lisbon in May. It will be the first song to be performed entirely in Armenian since Inga & Anush took “Jan Jan” to Moscow in 2009.
The full results from tonight’s show were as follows:
- Sevak Khanagyan – “Qami” (24 points)
- Nemra – “I’m A Liar” (18 points)
- Amaliya Margaryan – “Waiting For the Sun” (15 points)
- Kamil Show – “Puerto Rico” (12 points)
- Mariam – “Fade” (9 points)
- Gevorg Harutyunyan – “Stand Up” (9 points)
- Asmik Shiroyan – “You & I” (9 points)
- Lusine Mardanyan – “If You Don’t Walk Me Home” (8 points)
- Mger Armenia – “Forever” (7 points)
- Robert Koloyan – “Get Away With Us” (6 points)
“Qami” will be performed in the 2nd half of the 1st semi-final of this year’s contest on 8th May.
Last year marked Armenia’s first national final since 2013, however, it was only used to select 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.