Armenian national broadcaster AMPTV have revealed that their Depi Evratesil show (Towards Eurovision) launched last year is to return again in 2018 and will again serve as the means to select the nation’s Eurovision act and song for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Launched last year and featuring an all star judging panel made up of ex-Eurovision contestants Aram MP3, Iveta Mukuchyan, Inga and Anush, Hayko and Essaï Altounian, Depi Evratesil was the first time Armenia has held a national selection final since 2012. The contest kicked off in October last year and culminated in Artsvik being crowned the winner in the December final. Her song ‘Fly With Me’ was chosen at subsequent date.
The judging line up has yet to be confirmed for this year’s edition but we expect it to remain unchanged, due to its successful original run. Many of the rules for the competition will also stay the same including the fact that the broadcaster will accept entries only from Armenian acts and acts with Armenian heritage, as per Eurovision rules the act must be over the age of 16, the song must be under 3 minutes long and must not have been publicly available prior to 30 September. The broadcaster will accept entries that are solo male or female but it is also opened to groups and duos.
New for this year is the rule that artists must apply with their own original songs, meaning that the selection show will not only be used to select Armenia’s artist but also their song. This is maybe perhaps why the air date of the competition will be pushed back to the new year. Submissions for entries will close on 15 December with the auditions stage slated to kick off in early January.
Check out the promotional video below: