Sevak Khanagyan has won the Armenian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, 'Depi Evratesil' and will represent the country in Lisbon in May with the song 'Qami' which translates as 'Wind'.
Depi Evratesil, The Armenian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, was organized by the Public Television company of Armenia (AMPTV).
The show hosted by Armenian television presenter Gohar Gasparyan, who has also been the commentator for Eurovision in Armenia since 2016, consisted out of 2 semi-finals with twenty participating acts that were narrowed to the final ten acts that appeared in the final show.
The winner Sevak Khanagyan was decided by a combination of international experts jury and public votes. Sevak got the maximum 12 points from both the expert jury and the televote for his song Qami, written by Sevak Khanagyan, Anna Danielyan and Viktorya Maloyan.
About Sevak Khanagyan
Sevak was born in Metsavan. He was interested in music at an early age and remembers when he got a synthesizer as a gift from his father. At the age of seven, he began to play his first melody on the keyboards and entered a music school. Sevak then graduated from the Kursk Cultural College and later received a higher education in the Moscow State Classical Academy; during his studies he began to play in different bands.
The greatest recognition and love of the audience came when he won the Ukrainian X Factor which he followed with a tour through Russia, Ukraine and Armenia. In 2017, he joined as a coach in The Voice of Armenia. Sevak says of Armenia: "I have always been proud of my nationality. We are very talented people".
These were the ten finalists and their songs alongside its final placing in the ranking:
- Sevak Khanagyan - Qami 1st
- Gevorg Harutyunyan - Stand Up 7th
- Lusine Mardanyan - If You Don't Walk Me Home 8th
- Kamil Show - Puerto Rico 4th
- Amaliya Margaryan - Waiting For The Sun 3rd
- Nemra - I'm A Liar 2nd
- Mariam Petrosyan - Fade 5th
- Mger Armenia - Forever 9th
- Robert Koloyan - Get Away With Us 10th
- Asmik Shiroyan - You And I 6th
Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Armenia first took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 with the song Without Your Love performed by André. Armenia's best results came in 2008 and 2014 when they finished 4th in the Grand Final.
In 2017 Armenia was represented by Artsvik and the song Fly With Me finishing 18th in the final. Armenia with Sevak Khanagyan will participate in the Second Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon