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Destination Lisbon (#9): Meet Sevak Khanagyan from Armenia

25 March 2018 at 08:00 CEST
Sevak Khanagyan represents Armenia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest Robert Koloyan
In this ninth edition of 'Destination Lisbon', our feature counting down to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, we get to know Sevak Khanagyan, who will represent Armenia with the song 'Qami'.

On 25th February, Sevak won the Armenian national selection for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, Depi Evratesil, with his song Qami, leading both the international jury and the public vote.  

Check out his live perfomance of Qami during Depi Evratesil:

Singer-songwriter Sevak Khanagyan was born in Metsavan, Armenia, in 1987. He first started writing music when he was just seven years old, when he also entered music school. Sevak graduated from the Kursk Cultural College and later went for higher education at the Moscow State Classical Academy. During his studies he also began to play in numerous bands. 

In 2015 he participated in two major television competitions: Glavnaya Stsena and The Voice of Armenia. However, it was his victory in the Ukrainian version of X Factor that gained him the love and recognition of his fans. During the first round of the competition he also gained the admiration of the jury, while performing his original song Don’t Be Quiet. After winning X Factor Sevak started a solo concert tour across Russia, Ukraine and Armenia.  

Since 2017, Sevak released numerous songs that went to become major hits, including When We Are Together, Don’t Be Quiet and My Oxygen. In 2017 he became one of the coaches on the Armenian version of The Voice.

The song Qami is written by Anna Danielyan, who Sevak coached in the 2017 The Voice of Armenia, and by Victoria Maloyan. The music composed by Sevak Khanagyan himself.

The video for Qami was directed by Arthur Manukyan, who has previously worked with Armenian Junior Eurovision Song Contest participants Betty (2014) with the song People Of The Sun, Mika (2015) who performed Love and 2017 Eurovision Song Contest participant Artsvik, who took part with the song Fly With Me

About his music video Sevak said: "I was very honest in this music video, as I am on stage, and I tried to express and share my feelings with the audience. I hope that my fans and viewers all around the world will experience this emotional journey with me."

Check out the official music video for Qami:

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Sevak Khanagyan will perform Qami representing Armenia in the second half of the first Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on 8th of May.

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