Earlier this week, we learned that anything can happen in Armenia. Their result took us all by surprise, and after tonight, where the last five acts for the final were selected. Who is now the favourite to represent the country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest?
Let’s just be clear, it caught us all by surprise that Tamar Kaprelian didn’t make it to the final. The 2015 Eurovision participants was among the favourites to win the Depi Evratesil selection this year, so how could she not be among the five qualifiers from a semi-final with only ten participants? Just like many others, we are unable to explain that result.
Tonight, the line-up for their national final on Sunday, the 25th of February, was completed as 10 acts were fighting for yet another five spots in the final.
(In bold, the five qualifiers from second semi-final of Depi Evratesil
- Maria’s Secret – Escape
- Arman Mesropyan – What You Hide
- Kamil Show – Puerto Rico
- Suren Poghosyan – The Voice
- Amaliya Margaryan – Waiting For The Sun
- AlternatiV Band – Stare At Me
- Tyom – Follow The Ocean
- Sevak Khanaghyan – Qami
- Mariam – Fade
- Asmik Shiroyan – You & I
These five qualifiers will now join the five who made it from the first semi-final:
Gevorg Harutyunyan, Lusine Mardanyan, Mher Armenia, Nemra and Robert Koloyan.
On Sunday, we’ll know who will represent Armenia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest
11 appearances, 10 finals, and seven times with a result in top 10. Armenia has been quite successful at the Eurovision Song Contest, despite not yet winning.
They joined the contest in 2006, and as they never ended worse than 10th in their first five years, no one can blame Armenia if they thought, they can walk on water. In 2011 however, Emmy failed to reach the final with Boom Boom. In the following year, Armenia didn’t take part. The contest was held in Azerbaijan, and Armenia feared for security problems due to the conflict between the two countries.
In 2013, Armenia returned to the contest, but found that their complete top 10 strike had ended as Dorians came 18th. Since then, they have qualified for the final each time, but it has been with every second year in top 10. As Artsvik also finished 18th, it looks like the country will be in for another top 10 this year, if this patterns continues.