Thirty two-year-old Artsvik Harutyunyan will represent Armenia in Eurovision 2017.
Artsvik was selected after convincingly winning both the jury and televotes (a total of 71 per cent) in the final of Depi Evratesil. The competition is a three-month, four-stage national selection process in which 80 singers compete.
In the covers section of the final, Artsvik performed Russia’s entry from the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest “A Million Voices”. The power ballad, originally performed by Polina Gagarina, finished second in 2015 behind Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw.
Artsvik has a strong voice and carries off the power ballad well – but I don’t think she has the softness that Polina combined with strength when she performed. During the selection process Artsvik played to her strengths and always sung strong ballads – and it must’ve worked, because she won!
Artsvik will become Armenia’s eleventh representative at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Armenia has been in Eurovision since 2006, participating 10 times (all the years except 2012), with very good results. Best results are two fourth positions (2008 and 2014). They have qualified for the Semi-final every year except 2011.
No word yet on when a song will be announced. Watch this space!