GPB, the Georgian national broadcaster, has announced that the winner of the Georgian version of Pop Idol aka Georgia’s Star will represent Georgia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.
Last week GPB confirmed to ESCToday Georgia’s participation at the forthcoming 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. The Georgian broadcaster is in full steam working round the clock in its quest to search for the 2019 Georgian Eurovision representative.
Georgia’s Star will be broadcast on GPB Channel 1 as of January 2019. The show will determine the 2019 Georgian hopeful.
GPB’s Board of Trustees approved the implementation of this mega project earlier today. Nova Productions will be responsible to produce the show. Auditions are set to be held throughout Georgia in order to select a total of 10 hopefuls who will battle for the golden ticket to Tel Aviv. A four member special jury and the Georgian audience will play a key role in determining the winner of the competition.
More details regarding the 2019 Eurovision project will be released in due course.
Georgia in Eurovision
Georgia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 with Sopho Khalvashi’s Visionary dream and is yet to win the competition. The country achieved its best results in the contest in Oslo (2010) and Dusseldorf (2011) when it placed 9th in the Grand Final.
Georgia has competed 11 times in Europe’s favorite television show, the country has partaken in the event every year since their debut in 2007 with the exception of 2009 when the nation opted to stay out of the competition.
In 2018 the Georgians opted for an internal selection and selected the Ethno Jazz Band Iriao to fly the Georgian flag at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with their entry For you. Despite a great performance the country failed to qualify to the Grand Final for the second consecutive year.