Minsk 2018

Junior Eurovision: Armenia reveals 23 national final participants

First national final since 2014

Armenia’s broadcaster (ARMTV) released the names of the 23 performers that will participate in Depi Mankakan Evratesil to win the right to represent the country in Minsk. 

Auditions held to find candidates

ARMTV received several applications and to find the best candidates for the show they carried out a series of auditions. Once they were finished, the following 23 candidates emerged successful:

  • Anahit Arakelyan
  • Anna
  • Ani Mnatsakanyan
  • Arpi
  • Gor X
  • Eliza
  • Erik Antonyan
  • L.E.V.O.N.
  • Harut Harutyunyan
  • Liana
  • Lily
  • Silva Grigoryan
  • Maria Petrosyan
  • Melisa
  • Vardan Margaryan
  • Nare Elizbaryan
  • Sati
  • Serzh Arakelyan
  • Vahagn Mesrobyan
  • Vova
  • “Secunda”
  • “1+1”
  • “Yurahatuk”

Song to be released in August

Although we now know the name of the candidates, we need to wait a little longer to know the songs. According to Eurovision.am, however, they will be available sometime in August in Depi Evratesil YouTube channel. The show will consist of two semi-finals and one final which will be aired in September. A combination of jury voting and televoting will determine the winner, who will get the right to fly Armenia’s flag in Minsk.

Show to feature original songs

This is the first time since 2014 that Armenia is using a national final to select the entrant. In fact, they had dropped their 2008 to 2014 selection show Junior Eurosong for internal selection in 2015.  What’s also new this time is that candidates will also perform original songs rather than covers in the show.

Armenia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Armenia made its Junior Eurovision debut back in 2007 when the contest was held in Rotterdam.  Aremik was the first to wave the Armenian flag at the contest with the song “Erazanq”. She finished second with 136 points, only a single point behind that year’s winner Belarus, narrowly missing out on a triumphant debut. After debuting in 2007, Armenia hasn’t missed out on a single contest and has enjoyed excellent results every year. They won the contest  once in 2010 with Vladimir Arzumanyan and his catchy entry “Mama”.They also never missed out on a top 10 and placed in the top 3 multiple times. Last year, MISHA placed 6th with his entry “Boomerang” with 148 points.

Are you looking forward to Depi Makakan Evratesil? Furthermore, what is your favorite entry ever from Armenia at Junior Eurovision?  
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