Sevak Khanagyan is Armenia’s pick for Eurovision 2018. Here’s 10 Things About…
1. Sevak Khanagyan is a Russian-Armenian singer and songwriter born 28 July 1987 in Metsavan, a small village in the Lori Province.
2. When he was in seventh grade, the family left Armenia and moved to Kursk in Russia.
3. He went on to study music in Moscow, and graduated with a degree in 2014.
4. In 2015, Khanagyan competed in the first season of ‘Glavnaya Stsena’, the Russian version of ‘The X Factor’. He was mentored by Maxim Fadeev, but was eliminated in the quarter-finals.
5. He returned to TV again later that year for another Russian music show when he competed in season four of ‘The Voice of Russia’. He joined the team of Polina Gagarina (Russia’s 2015 Eurovision participant) but was eliminated in the knockout rounds.
6. Now a reality TV talent search addict, Sevak competed in season seven of ‘X-Factor Ukraine’ the following year. Throughout the show, he was mentored by Anton Savlepov and Sevak went on to win the competition.
7. Since his win, Sevak now sits on the other side of the judging table, acting as a coach on ‘The Voice of Armenia’, starting with the show’s third season in 2017.
8. Sevak was confirmed as a competitor in Depi Evratesil 2018 in December 2017. He competed with his song ‘Qami’. He qualified from the second semi-final on 21 February 2018, and went on to win the competition on 25 February.
9. He scored a maximum of 24 points topping the televote and receiving the most points from the jury. He beat artists like Nemra, Amaliya Margaryan, Kamil Show and Tamar Kaprelian.
10. The song was co-written by Sevak along with Anna Danielyan and Viktorya Maloyan. Sevak has stated his intention to leave the song as it is, not making any changes to it prior to Eurovision. This will make ‘Qami’ the first ever song with entirely Armenian lyrics to be performed at Eurovision.
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