The Armenian broadcaster T1 has arranged a national final called “Depi Jewratessil 2018” with several good songs. The guy with the best voice has won the Armenian final, it’s Sevak Khanagyan with the song “Qami”. Sevak is going to represent Armenia in the 2018 ESC in Lisbon.
The singer Sevak Khanagyan was born in Metsavan, Armenia in 1987 (at that time it was part of the Soviet Union). His family moved to Kursk (South West Russia), later on he studied music at the Moscow State Classical Academy. He took part as a singer at several TV shows in various countries e.g. The Voice Russia 2015, X Factor Ukraine 2017 and as jury member at The Voice Armenia 2017. Hence Sevak gained a lot of stage experiences which might be quite helpful for the live shows in Lisbon.
The song “Qami” will be sung in 100% Armenian language, it’s the first time that Armenia will be represented in its native language. The ballad is about love and means wind. Let’s see how Sevak is able to verve with his presentation in Lisbon and how he can step in the footsteps of the successful Armenian singers at Eurovision.
Top 10: 7
Chances for Top 10: 58%
Chances for the final: 83%
Armenia was the first country from the Caucasus region which has joined the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, 2006. This was a big surprise and a real enrichment in all matters. The debut entry “Without Your Love” by André made a very good 8th place. This year it will be the 12th entry from Armenia in the ESC. Armenia always wanted to win the ESC, at least they have won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and even hosted is in the capital of Yerevan. So it’s probably only a matter of time when it’s Armenia getting number one.
The best results so far was two times the 4th place, which could be reached by Sirusho with “Qele Qele” in 2008 and by Aram MP3 with “Not Alone” in Copenhagen 2014. Over the years Armenia could pass the qualification round ten times and ended up the Top10 for seven times. This is absolutely amazing. New countries can bring a lot of new energy into this established contest, and this has been appreciated with the always good points for Armenia. This means that Armenia has a very high chance of 58% to reach a Top10 position. This makes Armenia to one of the strongest newcomers in the recent ESC history. The music from Armenia is mostly very contemporary with folkloristic elements.
Due to political reasons Armenia did not participate in the 2012 ESC in Baku, Azerbaijan, which was a pity as the Eurovision Song Contest strongly emphasizes that it’s a contest of music and has no political impact. Last year’s entry “Fly With Me” by Artsvik made the 18th rank in Kiev.
2x 4th place
Sirusho | Qele, Qele (2008)
Aram MP3 | Not alone (2014)
" Without your love " | André, rank 8 (final), Athens 2006
" Jan Jan " | Inga & Anush, rank 10 (final), Moscow 2009
" Do not reject " | Genealogy, Rank 16 (Final), Vienna 2015