Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
If they craft a more impactful staging concept, Armenia should be challenging the left-hand-side of the scoreboard and maybe the low top-10 placings.
The long Depi Evratesil selection process has reached its conclusion with Sevak named as Armenia’s representative for Eurovision 2018.
Sevak will perform Qami in the second half of semi-final 1.
Following Salvador’s win last year, Qami becomes the 10th national-language song chosen already and it is Armenia’s first entirely own-language song. Sevak performs Qami superbly and the mood of the staging is perfect. There is very little to change here apart from pyros, smoke and more dramatic camera angles and lighting. Keep it tasteful, but just add more oomph.
Just to add to the visual progression of the song, I would consider bringing backing singers on to the stage with them ending alongside Sevak for the big ending.
Qami is probably better suited to the juries as it’s likely Sevak will fall back on the televote. That’s not to say the song isn’t good enough, it’s just lacking a break-out moment or emotional connection to challenge the top places. A small concern at this early stage are the lack of allies in semi-1, which might affect Armenia’s final running order slot if they struggle to score high enough. Given Björkman is producing again, it might be in his and the EBU’s interest to prioritise Ireland, Croatia, Cyprus maybe Greece in the running order – more so the upbeat entries! [still awaiting songs from Ireland, Cyprus and Croatia, so quality dependent].
If they craft a more impactful staging concept, Armenia should be challenging the left-hand-side of the scoreboard and maybe the low top-10 placings. Without significant development, 14th-17th might be on the cards given the growing number of serious songs selected so far.
Did the right act win in Armenia?