ARMENIA – Sevak’s wearing a long thick cardigan and his vocal performance seems to leave everyone with open mouth. The camera work is exquisite and boosts this song which previously has been very much underestimated. Armenian entry this year is not doing well in the odds, despite been considered as a safe qualifier. Many doubt it will qualify but let’s not forget of course the Armenian diaspora in combination with a great vocal performance.
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ESCKAZ.COM: There seem to be some sound issues in the first round as a few rods are missed. Otherwise Sevak sounds very well. There is however not much happening on stage.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: The staging, lighting and choice of shots on this entry is spot on and this might actually surprise everyone with their Semi Final result.
ESCXTRA.COM: Absolutely pitch perfect. It is an incredible vocal performance by Sevak, which actually elevates the performance as much as is physically possible.
EUROVOIX.COM: Qualification isn’t completely unachievable, but it will be incredibly difficult due to the stronger songs surrounding it.
ARMENIA – Mger Armenia, one of the singers hoping to represent his country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, has hit back at accusations of plagiarism for his entry “Forever”, which is said to be similar to Queen’s “Who Wants to Live Forever”.
The artist, who was runner up in the 2009 Armenian national selection behind Inga & Anush, has accused other Depi Evratesil participants of copying Russian pop songs.
Mger Armenia’s producer, Giorgi Harutyunyan, said his client wants to win at Eurovision and took a swipe at some of the national final participants, including Sevak Khanagyan and Tamar Kaprelian, for not living in Armenia, despite their entries being the only ones to feature lyrics in Armenian.
There are a total of twenty competitors taking part in this year’s national selection in Armenia, scheduled for February 24.
ARMENIA – The Armenian national broadcaster, Public Television of Armenia (AMPTV), broadcasts the Eurovision Song Contest within Armenia and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. AMPTV confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on 27 October 2017. Armenia has used various methods to select the Armenian entry in the past, such as a live televised national final to choose the performer, song or both to compete at Eurovision. In 2017 AMPTV launched a new national final Depi Evratesil in order to select the artist for Eurovision. On 27 October AMPTV announced that Depi Evratesil would be organized again in 2018 to select the artist and song for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
ARMENIA – Armenian national broadcaster announced today the 2018 edition of Depi Evratesil, the show through which the country will decide its participation in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest edition.
Once again, Armenia will choose it’s entry for ESC 2018 through a national selection, with 4 exciting live shows!
This time the artists will enter the competition with their original songs, composed specially for the contest.
If they win, they will get a chance to represent Armenia in ESC 2018 with their own song!
The application can be submitted till December 15 here.
FACTOID – In October 2015, Mukuchyan released the single “Simple like a Flower”, along with a music video. In the same month Public Television of Armenia announced that Mukuchyan will represent Armenia at Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.
The song “LoveWave”, composed by Lilith Navasardyan and Levon Navasardyan with lyrics by Mukuchyan and Stephanie Crutchfield, was announced as the Armenian entry on 19 February 2016.
Mukuchyan premiered the song along with a music video on 2 March 2016. Mukuchyan also starred alongside Mkrtich Arzumanyan in the adventurous comedy Run Away Or Get Married, which was released in March 2016.
At Eurovision Mukuchyan performed “LoveWave” in position 7 during the first semi-final, where she qualified for the final on 14 May 2016 and performed last in position 26. She finished the contest in 7th place with 249 points.
During the first semi-final on 10 May, Mukuchyan was seen holding the flag of the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, sparking backlash from the Azeri press.
The EBU and reference group released a statement the following day calling the incident a “serious breach” of its ban on political messages and stating that Armenia’s public broadcaster would face sanctions and that “any further breach of the rules of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest could lead to disqualification from this year’s event or any successive editions.”
Mukuchyan responded stating: “My thoughts are with my Motherland. I want peace everywhere.” (source: wikipedia.org)