So it begins; national selection season for Eurovision 2017 officially begins this evening! The season kicks off this year in Armenia with the first episode of the country’s national selection, Depi Evratesil.
Tonight sees the start of the brand new Armenian national selection for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Depi Evratesil. A total of 120 artists have auditioned, but who will go on to win and represent the nation at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest?
How to watch
The first show of Depi Evratesil starts this evening from 22:15 local time (20:15 CEST), airing on the following channels:
- Live webcast via 1tv.am
Hosted by Gohar Gasparayan, this evening we will see the first set of Armenian artists from all around the world auditioning for the right to represent their country at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, with each act performing a cover version of a well-known single.
Auditionees will be judged on a number of factors by a 6-member panel consisting of former Armenian Eurovision representatives; Hayko (2007), Inga (2009 & 2015) & Anush (2009), Aram MP3 (2014), Essaï Altounian (2015) and Iveta Mukuchyan (2016).
Following each of their auditions, the specialist jury panel will deliberate and decide whether the artist should move forward towards the second stage of the competition. The artists will continue to be mentored and guided throughout the selection.
The audition process of the national selection will continue into the second show.
National selection format
Depi Evratesil will run throughout the next 3 months and will consist of 4 different stages, with the Armenian representative being determined in December. The winner of the national selection will be selected via a combined SMS vote and jury deliberation.
Although the artist will be decided in December, it is currently unknown how the Armenian song entry for the competition will be selected. More details are expected in the coming months.
AMPTV has decided to opt for a national selection in order to select Armenia’s act for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, the last time being in 2013. The nation has received successful results over the years since their Eurovision debut in 2006, placing in the top 10 of the Grand Final a total of 7 times to date.